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7 Tips to make sure you’ll never learn Russian (pretending you are learning it)

  • - AUTHOR: Admin
  • - DATE: 23 February
  • - Views: 824

1) Don’t learn to use Cyrillic alphabet. Just write down Russian words with Latin letters. Who needs to write anyway? And reading is boring, so you don’t need it either.

2) While learning, never practice aloud. Just understanding should be enough, and one always looks stupid talking to oneself. You don’t want to look stupid, do you?

3) Don’t start talking until you learn everything. First learn, then talk! Making mistakes is terrible; perfectionists run the world!

4) Never learn grammar, just memorize some words. After all, we speak with words, not with grammar rules, so words are all you need. Grammar is only important for school teachers.
5) Just find a native speaker and learn with him/her. You’ve learned your first language in a natural way as a child, and now you are smarter than back then, aren’t you?

6) Just download some apps and find some websites: computer technologies are so advanced that they can miraculously make you master Russian in no time!

7) Russia has got a great literature, so just take a good book and a dictionary, and by the time you finish War and Peace or Brothers Karamazov you will either go crazy or learn the language.

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  1. Thank you Stanislav for your words on ‘How’. I don’t see it used often in my book either, except kak dela?. I have gone back to my lessons and yes I am trying to speak out loud with the conversations and reading the short stories. At the moment I am not at A2 level but I would like to get there. Neither of the books I ordered have arrived yet and I have had to take care of some of my voluntary commitments.
    I was listening to your story on the 9th January which I do know about. But then you talked about Novgorod and Ivan lll. I assume you are talking about Nizhny Novgorod where both Ivan lll and Ivan lV launched their expeditions against the Tartars.
    Do you have the text of this history lesson?. If you have you could you send it to me in Russian? Then I can read it while you talk.
    I have the story beside me and I was there in July last year.I saw Minin’s tomb in the Kremlin. The more I listen the more I understand. I know the stories of the false Dimitri’s and how in Uglich the real 10 year old Dimitri was murdered.
    I am planning to leave Brisbane on the 19th May and would like to attend your school for 6 weeks ending 28th June. I have to be back before the 3rd July because, can you believe this? The Bolshoi Ballet is coming here and today I booked my tickets to see ‘Jewels’ on the 3rd and ‘Sparticus’ on the 7th. I wish the Mariinsky would come. I don’t think they have ever been here. I did see them in London many, many years ago under the Kirov name. I think ‘grandfather’ Vasiliev and his famous wife were the principles. Rudolf Nureyev had sought asylum in Paris so it was rather an interesting time.
    Robert say your book is very good. How can I buy one?
    You may be right about reading Dostoevsky! I think I will start to read and translate the Chekov plays. Reading is how I did improve my German.

    • Dear Ann, you may buy the book from the publisher, just send an email to sales@zlat.spb.ru
      As you know, you are most welcome at our school, I’m sure you are going to love it )
      I don’t have the text unfortunately, but I think listening is a good exercise too.
      The Novgorod I meant was The Great (Veliky) Novgorod 200 km south from St. Petersburg, which was a flourishing Russian republic in the 11th-15th centuries, independent from Moscow. It was a member of the Hansa League. Every year we have a trip to this Novgorod with our students, lots of fun!

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