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Learning Russian as a Foreign Language

It is common knowledge that Russian is among the most widely-spoken and important languages of the world. Therefore, learning the language is sure to broaden your professional horizons, introduce new opportunities and increase earnings as well as make you feel at home in any Eastern European country. It could also be extremely interesting to discover fascinating Russian culture through its language. Whatever your motivations are for learning Russian, this endeavor will be challenging. However, you should not allow yourself to feel discouraged. Provided that you put your heart to it and use the right techniques, the experience of learning Russian will certainly be rewarding.

Getting Started

Taking into account the fact that Russian is a rather complex language, it is advisable that learning at initial stages should be conducted under the supervision of a tutor. It is inevitable that a multitude of questions will arise in the process of learning; therefore it is important to have someone to clarify what is not understood. However, self-study is indispensable. The more of your personal time you put into learning Russian, the faster you will master the language. In fact, one of the major challenges foreigners face while learning Russian is memorizing Russian lettering. It is understandable that Cyrillic script is something totally alien, but it is crucial that you do not cut corners by spelling Russian words with Latin characters. At the first stages of learning Russian, it is essential that the learner becomes familiar with the way Russian letters are written and with the sounds they represent. By taking your time to thoroughly study the letters – just like young children do when they have just started learning to read and write – not only will you be able to write in Russian, but this will also enable you to read and recognize the Russian words as you enrich your vocabulary.

More Complex Learning

The next stage is learning vocabulary and grammar. It is crucial that you dedicate time as well as effort to both, combining the study of words with that of grammatical rules. But it is important to take it one step at a time. Studying the most common nouns and adjectives is the first step. It is then very useful to practice making combinations with the words already learnt. And remember to also practice writing them. The combination of both help greatly in the learning of Russian words. Then, of course, you should move on to learning the most commonly used verbs and their conjugations. Once you are comfortable with the most simple grammatical categories, you can move on to more complex ones, but when you feel that rules and words are starting to mix up in your head, make a point of revising before you move on. It is absolutely necessary to constantly revise what you have learnt. This will help you feel the progress you are making and give you a sure sense of empowerment. It can also be fun if you find a native Russian speaker to chat with over the Internet. Online resources for the learning of Russian language such as www.learnrussian.elanguageschool.net, www.masterrussian.com and www.listen2russian.com abound as well. Some of them are even free.

In conclusion, it is important to show a great degree of motivation while learning Russian and not get discouraged at the challenges. It is better to make mistakes, but still try to communicate your idea than to not try at all for fear of being misunderstood.