How to Start Speaking Russian

Ideas for new articles can cross my mind absolutely unexpectedly.

For the hundredth time I heard the phrase that I love deeply. I’m afraid there’s no equivalent for it in Russian, but in English it goes like this: “Fake it ‘til you make it”. It can be translated as «Притворяйся, пока это не станет правдой». This tip works for all spheres of your life, including learning Russian.

And just half an hour ago an Australian student asked me: “How to start speaking Russian?” I often get such questions.

Tip 1 that I shared with him:

Use every little opportunity. Look, you know that I’m a native Russian speaker, so why writing to me in English?

Of course, if today I’d like to start speaking, let’s say Japanese, and I come across a native speaker, I wouldn’t be able to say a word, because my knowledge of Japanese at that very moment is zero level. But if you’ve been studying a language longer than a week or all the more over a month, then you’ve got to talk.

Tip 2

Fake it until you make it! Притворяйся, до тех пор, пока это не станет правдой.

It doesn’t mean that you have to lie to anybody. It means that self-confidence improves with the help of actions. Speak the way you can as for today! Learning Russian for months and not to try making your own sentence at least once… Come on, guys! You’ve got to start speaking Russian since your very first lesson. Otherwise the language barrier, self-doubt and disappointment with your knowledge will consume you completely.

The world is full of perfectionists, who are constantly putting off conversational practice until they master the Grammar. Even natives speakers don’t know all grammar rules, and they often make mistakes themselves.

Fake it until you make it!

That implies my tip 3

Give up perfectionism.

Face it – you speak with mistakes. And making mistakes is wonderful. You’ve got to make a huge amount of mistakes before learning how to speak correctly. It’s good if you have someone to correct you and  point out your mistake. But it’s very important to embrace these corrections the right way. You shouldn’t jump to the following conclusion: “Well, I make mistakes when speaking. I’d better keep quiet at all. I’d better take my precious grammar book and study it for six more months. And then maybe I will give it another try”. We change the plan: “Yes, I make mistakes when speaking. What are my most common mistakes? Let me see the rule for those. Yeah, now I get it! Now it’s clear to me!” This way little by little you improve your speech, and at the same time you continue to seize every opportunity to communicate in Russian.

Tip 4

Enrich your vocabulary

And do it regularly. I devoted a separate article to the topic. And even created a course, that helps my students to learn over 1000 most common words just in 1 month.

Tip 5

Record your voice

If you still feel embarrassed to speak Russian with other people, then begin with talking to yourself. I know a person who managed to acquire a great British accent, though at school he didn’t like humanities, let alone English. When I asked him about his secret, he said that he listened to audiobooks in English on his way to work and back home and repeated after the narrator. Here’s the power of small steps.

Listen to yourself

Do it right now – plan the next several steps, which will improve your Russian language. And, goes without saying, I will be glad to see you on my social media pages and on my online courses of Russian.

  • 1000+ Russian Words – this course will help you to learn the necessary basic vocabulary. The right 1000 words cover about 75% of everyday dialogues. And the method for remembering new words, which I use is considered to be one of the most effective.
  • Moscow Doesn’t Believe In Tears – this course is for students willing to understand Russian speech, improve listening skills, enlarge vocabulary and get a better understanding of Russian culture. The course is based on the self-titled film, that was awarded an Oscar.
  • Turbo Russian – 100% conversational course with personal support from your teacher. Each student get a new topic every day, then they record audio and send it. In answer they receive comments from the teacher with corrections comments how to improve the result and what deserves special attention.
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