Online Russian Language Course - Reading Guide
Hi there! If you decided it is time to study Russian by yourself, this article will be very useful to you.
What do you think is the first thing to study before diving into grammatical topics?
That's right - you need to learn to read and pronounce things right.
Otherwise, Russian speakers may not understand at first what you are saying.
Although it is pretty difficult to teach to read without actually hearing the student,
I will try to do my best, considering that I can predict possible mistakes, like the ones my students make.
So, this is my second article about how to learn to read in Russian without actually seeing a teacher in class or in Skype.
Please, follow the rules and you will be very close to the right pronunciation.
Although, I have to say that foreign students do better when they listen to the native speaker.
So, do not hesitate and order a 30 minutes trial lesson to decide if you want to take lessons via Skype or not.
If you are reading this because you started learning Russian, it means you have come across some difficulties on your way.
Mainly, problems occur when you see the differences in the alphabet.
There are letters that look the same and even sound alike.
However, there are many more that look neither the same nor you can compare them to your native alphabet.
It might become an immense problem to speak Russian when you do not know the exact pronunciation of a letter in the Russian alphabet.
Of course, in order to get the right way to articulate Russian sounds, you have options. One of them is to watch multiple tutoring videos and see how native speakers do it, another is to download a good dictionary with pronunciation option and listen to every word and sound.
However, teaching practice shows that it is extremely necessary to have a tutor or a native speaker around to help you out, at least, because Russian is not something that surrounds you since childhood.
And, individual Skype lessons with a Russian teacher might become a real savior on your way to success.
Now, when you already know how to read simple words in Russian, let’s try to learn something new.
Among many topics that students usually learn when they start Russian classes is a Family Topic.
There are those words that sound almost the same, like mama or papa. However, all the rest seem hard at first.
Let's practice reading with colours. There are about as many colours in Russian as there are in English.
However, you will notice difference in the names of blue. There is голубой (baby blue)and there is also синий (dark blue).
In everyday life голубойis used more frequently. For example, the sky is blue, that would be baby blue.