I want to learn Russian...
Some of you may have already been warned by your Russian friends that the Russian language is simply impossible to learn. Since you're searching through this website, I'm guessing that you are not quite convinced and would like to check it out. And I'm going to try to convince you that learning Russian is actually possible. And it can be fun!
Before you start...
If you are no longer a kid or a teenager (their brain is like a sponge, good for them!), I'm afraid you may need to get ready for some hard work. But if you try to remember things you took up in the past, such as learning to ski or windsurf, driving a car, gardening, learning a new computer system or even the moment you became a parent, you must have found them difficult and challenging at first, but with time things got easier and easier.
The process of learning Russian is actually similar. At the beginning Russian phrases might seem like tongue twisters and the grammar might give you a headache. But that's just the first impression and with a good guide (and here I mean a good teacher!) you will find it pretty easy.
Your approach to learning Russian...
So, what's the best approach when it comes to learning Russian? Simply relax, take things easy, don't worry if you can't always get the endings right, don't look too much ahead but just let yourself gradually dive into Russian, follow simple tips your teacher gives you during your classes, take every opportunity to speak Russian and listen to the language and keep repeating full phrases. In the case of the Russian language, learning isolated words is not a good idea, as you might not know how to put them together. Therefore, especially at the beginning, you should always focus on memorising full phrases as this is the best way to learn Russian. And you will soon notice that the more Russian phrases you already know the easier it becomes for you to take in more and more and in no time you will realise it's actually not that difficult.
How to learn Russian...
Some students like learning a new language using some self-study materials, CDs, computer programmes or simply searching the net for language forums etc. You can study at your own pace, choose topics you want to learn and learn when you have time and the energy. This approach is definitely good if you already know other foreign languages and are familiar with grammatical terms so that you can see similarities between languages. It also works for people who can actually make themselves keep going. Unfortunately, I can't and it proved not to work for myself. I'm very enthusiastic to start with but after a couple of teach-yourself-sessions I can easily get discouraged by a difficult topic and tend to find excuses, such as a deadline at work or a night out with my friends that I can't miss, to not to continue studying.
Why on earth would anyone want to learn Russian?!
The reason for learning Russian are natural and simple - people make friends, fall in love, run or want to run a business in Russia or with Russian people or you simply want to go and visit the country and be able to say a little bit in Russian at least. And even if your Russian is limited to a simple "добрый день" (good day) or "спасибо" (thank you) this can open Russian doors and hearts for you. Russian people really appreciate foreigners making an effort to speak the Russian language. And you don't need to worry if your Russian isn't perfect. What counts is that you're trying!
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- Check out our Russian Group Courses in central London. Groups are very small and classes run all your long so that you can join any time convenient for you.
- If you find it difficult to commit to a couple of weeks of a group course our Russian Private Lessons with flexible timing might be the best option.
- Russian for Children is designed for kids of Russian background. Our friendly teacher will come to your home and will make the learning process fun for your kid.
Beginner Russian Courses in London
|15 Jan||Mon 6-7.30pm||21 hrs/14 weeks||£275||
|18 Jan||Thu 6-7.30pm||21 hrs/14 weeks||£275||
|22 Jan||Mon-Fri 10am-2pm||20 hrs/1 week||£265||
|23 Jan||Thu 12.30-1.30pm||8 hrs/8 weeks||£145||
|25 Jan||Thu 7.30-9pm||21 hrs/14 weeks||£275||
|27 Jan||Sat 11.30am-1.30pm||10 hrs/5 weeks||£165||
|29 Jan||Mon 7.30-9pm||21 hrs/14 weeks||£275||
|19 Feb||Mon-Fri 10am-2pm||20 hrs/1 week||£255||
Upper Beginner Russian Courses in London
|29 Nov||Wed 7.30-9pm||12 hrs/8 weeks||£185||
|10 Jan||Wed 6-7.30pm||21 hrs/14 weeks||£275||
|13 Jan||Sat 9.30am-11.30am||10 hrs/5 weeks||£165||
|7 Feb||Wed 7.30-9pm||21 hrs/14 weeks||£275||