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How to Start Thinking in Russian

Learn 4 tools and techniques to stop translating in your head and start thinking in Russian

Going through Russian lessons is enough to get by and learn the basics of Russian, but to truly become fluent you need to be able to think in Russian. This will allow you to have conversations with ease, read smoothly, and comprehensively understand natives. To do this, you need to go beyond just completing daily or weekly lessons.

We naturally translate in our heads because it’s viewed as the easiest way to learn the definitions needed when learning a language. This way of learning can actually hinder your skills and fluency later on. If your brain has to make neural connections between the word you’re learning, what it means in your native tongue, and the physical object the connection will not be nearly as strong. When you bypass the original translation between Russian and your native language then there is a more basic and strong connection between just the Russian vocabulary word and the tangible object.

start thinking in Russian

In this blog post, you will learn the 4 important techniques to easily and naturally begin to speculate about the daily occurrences in your life. The best part is all of these techniques are supported and can be achieved through RussianPod101.com.

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1. Surround yourself with Russian

Surround Yourself

By surrounding yourself with Russian constantly you will completely immerse yourself in the language. Without realizing it you’ll be learning pronunciation, sentence structures, grammar, and new vocabulary. You can play music in the background while you’re cooking or have a Russian radio station on while you study. Immersion is a key factor with this learning process because it is one of the easiest things to do, but very effective. Even if you are not giving the program your full attention you will be learning.

One great feature of RussianPod101.com is the endless podcasts that are available to you. You can even download and listen to them on the go. These podcasts are interesting and are perfect for the intention of immersion, they are easy to listen to as background noise and are interesting enough to give your full attention. Many of them contain stories that you follow as you go through the lessons which push you to keep going.

2. Learn through observation
learn through observation

Learning through observation is the most natural way to learn. Observation is how we all learned our native languages as infants and it’s a wonder why we stop learning this way. If you have patience and learn through observation then Russian words will have their own meanings rather than meanings in reference to your native language. Ideally, you should skip the bilingual dictionary and just buy a dictionary in Russian.

RussianPod101.com also offers the materials to learn this way. We have numerous video lessons which present situational usage of each word or phrase instead of just a direct translation. This holds true for many of our videos and how we teach Russian.

3. Speak out loud to yourself
talk to yourself

Speaking to yourself in Russian not only gets you in the mindset of Russian, but also makes you listen to how you speak. It forces you to correct any errors with pronunciation and makes it easy to spot grammar mistakes. When you speak out loud talk about what you did that day and what you plan to do the next day. Your goal is to be the most comfortable speaking out loud and to easily create sentences. Once you feel comfortable talking to yourself start consciously thinking in your head about your daily activities and what is going on around you throughout the day.

With RussianPod101.com you start speaking right away, not only this, but they have you repeat words and conversations after a native Russian speaker. This makes your pronunciation very accurate! With this help, you are on the fast path to making clear and complex sentences and then actively thinking about your day.

4. Practice daily

If you don’t practice daily then your progress will be greatly slowed. Many people are tempted to take the 20-30 minutes they should be practicing a day and practice 120 in one day and skip the other days. This isn’t nearly as effective because everyday you practice you are reinforcing the skills and knowledge you have learned. If you practice all in one day you don’t retain the information because the brain can realistically only focus for 30 minutes at most. If you’re studying for 120 minutes on the same subject little of the information will be absorbed. Studying everyday allows you to review material that you went over previous days and absorb a small amount of information at a time.

It’s tough to find motivation to study everyday, but RussianPod101.com can help. It’s easy to stay motivated with RussianPod101.com because we give you a set learning path, with this path we show how much progress you’ve made. This makes you stick to your goals and keep going!

Conclusion

Following the steps and having patience is the hardest part to achieving your goals, it’s not easy learning a new language. You are essentially teaching your brain to categorize the world in a completely new way. Stick with it and you can do it just remember the 4 tools I taught you today! With them, conversations, reading, and understanding will become much easier. The most important thing to remember is to use the tools that RussianPod101.com provides and you will be on your way to being fluent!

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How to be a Good Lover in Russia

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Click here to listen how to pronounce those lovely words!

- Ты так много значишь для меня.
Ty tak mnoga znachish` dlya menya
You mean so much to me.

- Будешь ли ты моим Валентином?
Budesh` li ty maim Valentinom?
Will you be my Valentine?

- Ты такая красивая.
Ty takaya krasivaya.
You’re so beautiful.

- Ты для меня больше чем друг
Ty dlya menya bol`she chem drug
I think of you as more than a friend.

- Даже 100 сердец будет слишком мало чтобы выразить всю мою любовь к тебя.
Dazhe 100 serdets budet slishkam malo chtoby vyrazit` vsyu mayu lyubov` k tebe.
A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

- Любовь, это просто любовь. Её никогда нельзя объяснить.
Lyubov’, eto prosto lyubov’. Yeyo nikagda nel`zya ob`yasnit`
Love is just love. It can never be explained.

- Ты так красив.
Ty tak krasiv.
You’re so handsome.

- Ты мне нравишься.
Ty mne nravish`say.
I’ve got a crush on you.

- Tы заставляешь меня быть лучшим мужчиной.
ty zastavlyaesh` menya byt` luchshim muzhchinai.
You make me want to be a better man.

- Пусть всё что ты делаешь, будет сделано в любви.
Pust` vsyo chto ty delaesh`, budet sdelana v lyubvi.
Let all that you do be done in love.

- Ты моё солнце, моя любовь.
Ty mayo solntse, maya lubov`.
You are my sunshine, my love.

- Слова не могут описать мою любовь к тебе.
Slava ne mogut apisat’ mayu lyubov’ k tebe.
Words can’t describe my love for you.

- Мы встретились чтобы быть вместе.
My vstretilis` chtoby byt` vmeste.
We were meant to be together.

- Если вы думаете о ком-то, читая это, Вы определённо влюблены.
Yesli vy dumaete a kom-to chitaya eta, vy apredelyona vlyubleny.
If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

- Я люблю тебя.
Ya lyublyu tebya.
I love you.

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year From RussianPod101.com!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone here at RussianPod101.com! We’re grateful to have listeners just like you, and we’re eagerly waiting for the upcoming year to learn Russian together!

And when the New Year comes around, be sure to make a resolution to study Russian with RussianPod101.com!

Have a healthy and happy holiday season.

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