Russian language study?
Topic: Opinion essay writing for kids
July 15, 2019 / By Hayley Question:
I've been studying the Russian language for many years. I can speak, understand, read, and write it well enough to be able to pass for a native (minus the spelling)
(I watch Russian tv, read Russian, and talk with a few Russian friends)
What are some ways to improve my Russian ?
What would be challenging enough ?
Thank you in advance !
Best Answers: Russian language study?
Dorothea | 5 days ago
I love Russian poetry and literature, and this is my opinion, if you hate it and can't stand it, and never will, then I don't recommened you read on.
IF you truly want to improve your russian then try it out.
What Russian kids do in schools from about grade 2 - 3 is memorize classical poetry.
and also they repeat this in the 7th and above grades, but for more complex reasons such as essay writing and analyzing literature.
now I know this might sound boring and all, but if you do this properly it will boost your knowledge of Russian and improve your vocabulary.
Let me give you some examples:
Александр Пушкин - Я помню чудное мгновение
attempt to read it. You might think, Damn that's hard, or I don't know the proper way to read Russian poetry...
Once you've read it through once or twice, go to youtube, and as this is a relatively famous poem, there are plenty of videos with people reading it.
Listen to it many many times, follow the text at the same time, then read it by yourself again.
Spend a significant amount of time on each paragraph and find out meanings of words you don't know.
Then repeat over and over again. Without looking, practice writing it on paper, (this will improve vocab and spelling).
anyway, do all you can to memorize it. Only then, move onto another poem.
You might find that you are spending about a week one 1 poem (but its worth it).
some other poets worth looking at:
you might even like to find random poems on youtube FIRST, then listen to them, and if you think they sound good, and you would like to memorize them, you can do that.
Becuase It's obviously difficult to find poems you like if you don't know any to start of with.
If you do this for a few months, you will DEFINITELY see a big improvement.
Just remember, reading is important. Don't only do that, go to Russian news websites and other sites and read read read.
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Originally Answered: Questions about the Russian language?
You've got some good answers from native Russians here .. but this is a perspective from someone who has studied Russian from scratch.
First of all, you'll need to know three different forms of each letter. The standard typographic characters, the typographic italic characters, and the handwritten script.
You can see all 3 forms side-by-side here:
At university, especially in 1st year, they should focus only on the first 2: standard and italic. That's if your lecturers are nice :) There are so many grammar rules and so much vocabulary to cram into your head in the first few months that they really should make this initial learning stage as efficient as possible, and even avoid the italic script.
But who knows what they will expect from you, so learn the standard letters first until you can print the whole alphabet from memory, then learn the italic, and lastly the handwritten script. Don't try to learn all three at once - it will send you nuts! :)
There's a book called "Modern Russian 1" by Dawson et al (1964) that has some lessons on Russian handwriting. I think there's even a Teach Yourself Russian Script book, but I don't own that so I can't tell you if it's any good.
But from someone who's been over there quite a bit - let me tell you that reading natural Russian handwriting is an art in itself. Just as English speakers can be lazy when writing cursive English, so too are Russians. So don't put too much pressure on yourself - it will all come in time, but you are on the right track learning all three writing styles before beginning your degree.
Yes, Smirnoff, it is. :-) It's a great language, but very looooong. Try watching ( as I did in the Great Hall of the Kremlin many years ago ) a German libretto opera translated into Russian, it goes on for ever, and the singers need extra oxygen to hold the long bits together ! But seriously, I was privileged to be able to start learning this wonderful language under a delightful Russian teacher, whose husband was an emigre physicist, when I was about 14 years old, It has served me very well, and wish that I had studied it better. Also, in the same vein, I would thoroughly recommend the study of Mandarin Chinese to any young person today, I am sure that it will become the world's second language within a few decades.
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I agree completely with guys that you have to go to Russia! This is a beautiful country with beautiful and kind people! You won't have regrets!
I can also recommend you these FREE resources (made by a native Russian tutor):
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At your level you could only live at least six months in Russia and speak only Russian (you can speak English only when you phone home!).
Excuse me for my English. I'm Italian.
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Originally Answered: Tackling the Russian Language?
The hardest part of learning Russian for an English speaker is mastering all of the declensions.
You can have conversations in Russian when you start to have conversations in Russian. I know that sounds like I am not answering your question, but I really am. The best way to learn a language is to use it, even if you feel like you are not ready. To help you get ready for conversations, I would suggest memorizing dialogues and learning your vocabulary topically. (For example, what words would you need to know to order in a restaurant.) To help you along, see if your cable system has a Russian foreign language channel (mine does). Find someone who speaks Russian and is willing to allow you to practice conversation with him/her.
Materials: find a good college level textbook that has diaglogues for you to memorize. I like the Rosetta Stone for introductory learning ( http://www.rosettastone.com/en/offer/goo... and Transparent Langauge for when you are a little more advanced ( http://www.transparent.com/) software programs. Read Russian regularly on-line: http://www.omniglot.com/links/news.htm#r... and see if you can find some Russian language radio stations/podcasts (sure wish those resources had been available when I was studying my foreign languages in college!)
The most valuable thing to learn is to memorize those dialogues. That will give you a conversational structure on which to build.
You do NOT want to be emailing me for Russian language practice, my Russian is seriously rusty!! Good luck!