How Can I Learn Russian Fast And Easy?
Russian is a pretty difficult language, it has a different alphabet, the grammar is tricky and the pronunciation can be tough. It probably won’t be fast or easy to learn Russian but there are some things you can do to speed up the process.
Learn The Cyrillic Alphabet In The First Day
If you dedicate a day to learning the Cyrillic alphabet and you can spare a few hours then it is really feasible to learn in just one day. Obviously you’ll need to practise to keep it up but you can more or less learn it in a day. There are only 33 letters in the Cyrillic alphabet which makes it much easier to learn than a writing system like Japanese or Chinese. If you do this by day one, then you’re setting yourself up for success going forward.
Learn The Pronunciation
It’s not enough to just master the Russian alphabet. Make sure you work on the pronunciation. The Russian language has phonemes that we don’t always use in English. Dedicate some time to making sure you can pronounce words properly. Working on your phonemes earlier can help you progress much more quickly later on.
Learn Russian Conjugation In The Present Tense
Obviously you’ll want to learn the conjugation in all the tenses but as most people have conversations in the present simple, you’ll set yourself up for success if you learn the conjugations relevant to the present tense. With this you’ll be able to start communicating much more easily and make sense. Then once you’ve mastered that you can move onto the other tenses. The past simple would be our recommendation of the next tense to learn. This is the tense that we use next most often after the present simple.
Learn The 1000 Most Common Words
Find a word list of the 1000 most commonly spoken Russian words and learn them. This will give you a basic vocabulary that will allow you to form conversations and communicate. The quicker you learn these words, the quicker you’ll have vocabulary with which you can make conversations and interact with people.
Buy A Russian Textbook
A Russian textbook will allow you to work your way through the necessary grammar and material at a pace that works for you. Don’t spend lots of money buying lots of different textbooks because you most likely won’t use them all. If instead you research and buy just one textbook you’re in a much more likely position to actually finish it and you can move much more quickly through the material than you could a class.
Get As Much Input As Possible
Although there are schools of thought that say output is the main key to linguistic success, if you don’t have input you don’t have any words to make output with. Try and immerse yourself in Russian material appropriate to your level (if you go to difficult you won’t be able to take anything in!). Listen and read a lot. Make notes of new words you learn and add them to your vocab list.
With these methods you’ll learn Russian in a much quicker way than your peers and will also make it easier for yourself. If you’re now wondering how long before you’re chatting away to, check out our article: how long does it take to learn Russian fluently?