Category Archives: Learning Russian - Page 5

22 Aug
2018
It is no secret that learning a foreign language is very challenging. It is also no surprise that the only way to improve is to practise practise practise. Most of the time language-learners will make numerous mistakes while speaking, and while I’d like to be able to say usually they aren’t detrimental to communication, some ...
06 Aug
2018
When you start learning Russian, it can be a bit daunting to even consider watching Russian films. However, I personally think that watching films in a foreign language is a really useful learning tool. First of all, you tune your ear into Russian. You pick up on words and expressions, thus you build on your ...
03 Aug
2018
Popular music and Soviet film What kind of music do people usually listen to? Of course, Tchaikovski’s and Shostakovich’s works define Russian high culture, but it is unlikely you work out to Swan Lake (except if you’re a ballerina), and you’ll hear Viktor Tsoy’s Кукушка a lot more often in the repertoir of street musicians. ...
17 Jul
2018
After studying Japanese at university, I can say that Russian isn’t the hardest language to learn but it certainly isn’t the easiest either. While French and Spanish are easy for English learners, learning Russian lies somewhere in the middle as a language of medium difficulty.    What makes learning Russian so complicated? There are 6 ...
25 Apr
2018
Do Russians speak with regional Russian Accents? Have you ever heard of different Russian accents? In the UK, where I’m from, accents are a big deal. Regional accents can vary hugely across distances of just a few miles, and accents are often used (however unfairly) as a basis for judgements about a person’s background, class ...
05 Oct
2017
I’m writing about this topic because a lot of students studying at Liden & Denz stay with a host family. With the help of these phrases you’ll have a pleasant stay in Russia and they will definitely help to improve your relationship with your host parents. One of my colleagues at Liden & Denz also ...
05 Oct
2017
For a gentleman, straying away from your regular barber can be a pretty harrowing experience. It feels like cheating on your life-long companion. There’s also always that worry about trying something new with somebody else. Will they know what you like? Will they be experienced? When I left England to come to Russia I had no choice ...
27 Sep
2017
All the language skills you need & how to improve them The four main language skills you need to master to seek proficiency in every language are: Speaking Listening Reading Writing It makes a major difference when learning languages, if you’re at least familiar with the alphabet and don’t have to learn it from scratch. ...
25 Sep
2017
Here we go again with some nice figures of speech translated from Russian into English. This time we’re doing it in a slightly different way! This topic is all about a conversation with your colleague or friend at a restaurant, exchanging funny phrases which are fitting to the current situation. Every phrase can be used ...
25 Sep
2017
Not only people travel, also words do! When a word is adopted from one language and incorporated into another language without translation it is called loanword. Loanwords are used every day: people are so accustomed to them that they don’t even realise that they are using a foreign word. Loanwords of course can be found in Russian, as in every other ...