Learning Russian – A Difficult Task That Requires Determination

by erin on December 15, 2010

Here in America most high schools require students to take at least one year of foreign language classes. Many students opt for further language study yet statistics show that generally, most of the learning is quickly forgotten once the students graduate. The sad truth is that few of us have reason to use a second language enough to retain it. Learning Russian (or any other language for that matter) is hard work, and persistence is a critical factor.

Especially for adults, learning a new language can be daunting. Here is where persistence plays a critical role in mastering a new language; it takes time to become skilled at a new language. Those who set out to learn a new language are more apt to succeed if they start with reasonable expectations. In other words, rather than dreaming of learning to be fluent in Russian in two weeks set a more reasonable goal that does not lead to frustration when the unreasonable goal is not met. Remember, it takes time to learn any new language.

It is hard work to learn a new language. There are no shortcuts or magic tricks that can replace adequate time spent learning the vocabulary and grammar necessary to speak or write a new language. There is absolutely no alternative to learning the words (vocabulary) of a new language. Any spoken or written language is built around words. At first, grammar is easiest memorized but as the learner becomes more familiar with the new language, grammar will most likely begin to fall into place as a result of previously memorized sentences.

Some people pick up new languages very easily and others struggle for every word they learn. If you are one who struggles with learning a new language, it can be extremely frustrating when you work and work yet seem to make no progress. This is the time for persistence! If you give up at this point, you will likely never try again to learn the language. Frustration can be overwhelming but persistence will trump frustration and soon the hard work and persistence will pay off.

People have a variety of motivations for learning a new language. International companies often encourage their employees to learn the languages of the countries the company conducts business with. Many times these employees have little time to learn a language.

Online courses, community college classes and private instruction often accelerate learning. Language students generally do better in a structured course. Crash courses can teach the rudiments of Russian and these are readily available online. An extended course is far preferable for those serious about learning a new language.

Some lucky language learners live or work closely with those who speak another language. In this case, the learning of a new language is made a bit easier since the situation automatically creates a great opportunity to learn a language from native speakers. Practicing a new language with one who speaks that language fluently affords the learner to master nuances of the language that are not generally taught in books.

It takes time and persistence to learn new languages. Immerse yourself in Russian culture to get the feel of the language. Whatever your motivation for learning, stick to it and you will be speaking Russian before you know it.

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