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Online Resources for studying Russian (Part 1)

On this website you can find books and texts in different languages with their literal translations into English and brief linguistic comments, These texts are structured on the basis of a special method, by Ilya Frank. Its main principle is that a text is divided into excerpts that you can read twice: the first time – with the English translation inserted into it in brackets and afterward... read more

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"Masha & Medved" can help you to learn Russian in a FUN WAY! ^^

These FUNNY cartoons are very easy to understand and are helpful for those who just started to study Russian or who is trying to improve it ~~~ http://www.youtube.com/show/mashaimedved ~~~ It's about Masha, a troublemaker little girl & her friend Bear. You don't have to speak Russian very well to understand these cartoons. Check them out, you won't regret it! It's a fun way to... read more

Language Olympiad

Language Olympiad

Language Olympiad in Austin, TX. All students are total beginners and non-native speakers. They are from 6th and 7th grade. I have been teaching them for 4 months before the Olympiad.

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Julie's First WyzAnt Blog Post

Well, students, here I am! I am fresh from Wichita, KS and awaiting tutoring opportunities in the Seattle, WA area. Just to get the ball rolling, I will create weekly blogs that include little snippets of knowledge relating to foreign languages. Here's this week's: a good quote in several languages... (Quote form brainyquote.com) "Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least... read more

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It is important to practice!

The ELAs are coming. Is your child ready? Well, if your child was not practicing reading, vocabulary and math for a few hours per week, there is a great chance that you need a tutor to explain the subject curriculum one more time. As the time goes by, the memory fades away. My students play games that help to train their memory, speed and attention. Education is a year long (including... read more

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Ben Franklin’s Language-Learning Secret

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin described a technique he frequently used to improve his writing and language skills: Whenever Franklin came across a piece of writing that he felt was extremely well-crafted, he would read the passage repeatedly until he could write down word-for-word—from memory—what he read on a separate piece of paper. He then would compare what he wrote to the... read more

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How to Build Your Language Skills Painlessly by Keeping a Diary

One thing I found helpful when I was initially getting the hang of Russian was to keep a language diary for a few weeks. My diary started when, in an effort not to get rusty at Russian during the summer between semesters, I started reading some Russian poetry and parts of short stories in the original. The diary wasn’t anything fancy. I simply wanted some more Russian-language practice... read more

Intermediate Level of Russian

Intermediate Level of Russian

This is a small example of activating vocabulary after reading and listening to the text. PPt allows to go fast from the text to particular expressions and words and back to the text. (Intermediate Level of Russian)

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The Value of Flashcards

I remember that there was once a time when I underestimated the power of flashcards as a learning tool, and now I they’re all I use to memorize new language vocabulary and sometimes grammar concepts. Though they can be tedious and boring to write out for a large vocabulary list, flashcards have been worth the extra effort that I’ve put into making them. Here are some of the pros (listed... read more

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What's up with all the prices?

I think www.wyzant.com is doing a great job bringing together students and tutors. Even though some tutors charge up to $70/hour and higher, it is hard to see my qualifications until you try. Therefore, I charge $25/hour so that the potential students would try me out and see how good I am on the background of professors and teachers. I am trying to bring affordable tutorials to my students... read more

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The best education and best tutoring you deserved!

Hello everyone! Yes, my job is to help students get high levels in challenging classes. Even if I do a wonderful job at helping them and get A's in all their classes, I am still only doing half of my job. The other half of my job is just as important. It starts with preparation, and ongoing learning on my part. I am excited about Physics and Math because there is always novel developments in... read more

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Just got first student from wyzant !!!

My new student is an amazing boy who wants to learn Russian and no one even force him to do so. He doesn't have anybody who speaks Russian in his family or friends, but he wants to know languages because he likes it. That makes my job so much easier :)

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Starting from Scratch in Russian!

Learning the Russian alphabet is essential. It can be an easy language to learn to speak because: 1. its is written as it is pronounced, no hidden meaning and very few exceptions 2. there is no verb "to be" as used in English, "I am" 3. there are no definite or indefinite articles alike "the" or "a/an" However, its also a very hard language... read more

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The Importance of Pronunciation in a Foreign Language

One may always be grammatically correct or use a wide variety of vocabulary in a foreign language. However, this means absolutely nothing if one cannot pronounce words and phrases correctly. When I was learning Spanish in school, my teachers rarely corrected my pronunciation. It wasn't until I traveled to Spain that I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Emphasizing pronunciation is something... read more

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Learning the Russian language

The Russian language is one of the most beautiful and complex languages. It is based on the Cyrillic alphabet which makes a lot of foreigners confused due to the fact that there are 33 letters and some of them look like the ones in the Latin alphabet but they sound differently, for example: Russian "?" is read [v], "p" is pronounced as [r']. Here is a piece of advice: when... read more

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Being a tutor and a student

The main thing I have taken away from being a tutor is that the tutor-student relationship is reciprocal: each of my students has had something to teach me. I recently tutored a baseball player in Spanish and I discovered a lot of aspects of the game that I didn’t know before. I also became familiar with a lot of baseball terms that were new to me. I have also been taking private Russian... read more

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