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Five Tips To Avoid Common Mistakes

The Focus of This Lesson is Tips to Help Russian Students Overcome Common Errors

Tip 1: Learn Your Cases

    • There are no cases in English. That means that nouns and adjectives always stay the same no matter what their function and position in the sentence is. It’s different in Russian. The endings of nouns and adjectives change depending on their function.
      • Of course, it’s possible for a native speaker to understand someone who speaks like this but…
        • It can be irritating because you are slaughtering their language
        • It can be totally confusing!

          Tip 2: Watch Your Word Stress!

            • Like in English, word stress is extremely important. In Russian, you don’t say all the syllables of the word with the same strength, but accentuate one syllable.
              • If you don’t stress the right syllable, it can lead to confusion, and native speakers will have difficulty understanding you.
                • Unfortunately, unlike in Italian or French, there are no rules to help you stress a word correctly. It’s just something you have to learn for each word.

                  Tip 3: Don’t Repeat the Verb in the Question

                    • In Russian, you use a different verb ending for “I” and “you” in the present. It is very common for English speakers to forget about it, as in English the verb doesn’t change. Also, they hear the ending -ешь in the question and tend to reply using ешь.

                      Tip 4: Watch Your Gender

                        • In Russian, the ending of the verb in the past tense changes depending on the gender and the plurality.
                        • If the subject is я or ты, use the ending -л if the pronoun refers to a man, and -ла if it refers to a woman.

                          Tip 5: Don’t Try to Translate “It”

                            • In Russian, the pronoun “it” doesn’t exist. We replace “it” with “he” or “she,” depending on their gender. That means, for example, that when you speak, you have to remember that книга (”a book”) is feminine, and that you should refer to it as она (”she”).


                              Introduction to Russian and Top 5 Reasons to Study

                              This Lesson Focuses on the history of the Russian languages and the top 5 reasons to study!

                              • Russia is the largest country in the world with a population of over 140 million people. It spans eleven time zones and contains the largest forest reserves in the
                                world as well as a quarter of the earth’s fresh water within its lakes.
                              • The Russianlanguage has recieved numerous influences throughout history, including influences from Polish, German, and even Slavic.
                              • A lot of academic and intellectual vocabulary was used from languages such as Dutch, French, German, and even Latin. So by learning Russian, you get a sense
                                of history, and the better you know it, the more familiarities you’ll pick up from other languages too.

                              Other than the amazing history of the Russian language and its huge geographical size we have composed a list of the top 5 reasons you should study Russian!

                              • Romance: Lots of people learn Russian because they either have or want a Russian partner.
                              • Business: Since the former Soviet Union opened its borders to foreigners, many businessmen travel to Russia and particularly the Ukraine.
                              • Travel and tourism: Russia has always attracted tourists by its historical past and culture. Russian theatre, and in particular, ballet, are famous all over the world.
                              • “Exotic”: Even though it’s considered challenging because it has a different alphabet, the Russian writing system makes it perhaps easier to learn than some other languages such as Arabic and Japanese.
                              • Extremely popular: According to estimations, between 144 and 160 million people speak Russian as their first language. It’s the eighth most spoken language in the world, before Japanese, German, French, and Italian. Still, people speak Russian natively in all former Soviet republics, some of which are part of the EU now such as Latvia. In Eastern Ukraine, for example, people speak Russian rather than Ukrainian.

                              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!

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