I’m not prone to exaggeration, but when it comes to the words moreover and furthermore, I can safely say that I would rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick if it meant that never again would I have to hear them misused in everyday English conversations with Russian speakers.
I see why they come up so often. They both appear, on the surface, to be sweetly analogous to the...
Learn how to greet people and say Bye in Russian.
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.
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 to...
Are you looking for a great way to practice your speaking skills in French? Go to www.sharedtalk.com! There you will find native speakers of French (among many other languages) with whom you can practice your speaking skills. This is a great way to improve your listening comprehension, too! Try it out! It's free and all you have to do is sign up!
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...
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...
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...
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)
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...
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 for...
For all those students who have difficulties in learning foreign language alphabets - SING ALPHABET SONGS! It does help! Just try it with Russian alphabet!
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 science...
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 :)
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...
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...
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...
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...