Nowadays an average person in Europe speaks 3 and more foreign languages besides the mother tongue. If you plan to expand your list of spoken languages even wider, it is a good idea to include Russian into that list. Right now the Russian language is the third most spoken foreign language in Europe.
But the time and effort are too valuable to spend months or even years learning grammar rules by rote. Invest them reasonably in order to learn to speak Russian. Here’s some advice on doing that wisely.
Start speaking Russian from the 1st Day
A traditional lesson contains a huge amount of grammar, exercises, reading comprehension and very little speaking practice. This can lead to understanding, but not speaking Russian.
If you want to learn how to speak Russian, you need to find a Russian language course with a focus on communication skills. An experienced teacher can get you immersed into the speaking situation where you’ll have to answer in Russian.
Analyzing Anna Karenina’s life in Russian could be great, but you’ll have to start with simple short dialogues with general questions, requiring yes/no answers. Lesson by lesson, these dialogues will become longer and more complicated. You will learn to complement your sentences with direct and indirect objects, means of action etc. You’ll gradually be able to construct complicated sentences with tricky syntax. From simple to complex – this is true not only for the organic chemistry, but about mastering the Russian language as well.
Thanks to these conversations with a native speaker you will refine your communication skills. Quite soon you will be able to participate in Russian language discussions confidently.
Speak Russian whenever you can
Aim to speak Russian daily. Even a 5-10 minutes practice will contribute to your progress. Try to find Russian speaking pen-friends. If you don’t have anyone to talk to in Russian right now, record yourself or simply speak in front of the mirror. This will surely improve your communication skills and expand your vocabulary. Retelling the information you’ve read is also very effective. Try to use the vocabulary of the text and you will notice the quick progress in speaking. You can also try our 12-month Russian practice program that provides daily conversations with Russian native speakers.
Write to help yourself put everything in order
Writing is just like speaking, only speaking on paper, and thus more structured. Start writing in Russian – write messages to your Russian-speaking friends, post in the forums and online discussions, write essays and even memos. Try retelling the text you’ve recently read in writing, write down your thoughts, ideas, advice – consider keeping a Russian language diary. Writing helps in developing communication skills a lot and besides, you have more time to consider grammar when your write.
Your Russian-speaking pen-friends’ responds to your messages will expand your vocabulary with most common words and expressions. You will be able to analyze the Russian equivalents and it will be a really valuable experience for you.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
A quiet sea never made a skilled sailor. Don’t be scared of mistakes – treat them as motivators to become better. Russian is one of the most complicated languages for learning, as it has its grammatical cases system and specific range of motion verbs. But if you aspire to master the language you will join millions of those who have already overcome this challenge and communicate easily with Russian-speaking friends, colleagues and business partners.
Listen to the spoken language
When you listen to the spoken language of the native speakers you don’t only get used to the pace, the accent, and the intonation but you also can enrich your vocabulary with a lot of useful words and expressions. Pick up the real life expressions that are used by the native speakers.
Measure your progress
Do you remember what you could express in Russian 3 months ago? Can you compare it to what you can explain now? We are sure, that if you compare these two indicators you’ll be able to notice a significant progress. Make sure to reward yourself and continue your way into refining the ability to speak Russian.
Use efficient methods
Our online school has a focus on teaching students to speak Russian. We introduce words and phrases in a specific context and practice them in the situation dialogue, which makes you feel more confident in speaking Russian. Of course, you will need grammar skills as well, but we introduce it within the vocabulary practice. Try conversational lessons with us and you will be completely satisfied with the results.