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One year of teaching Russian
After more than one year of being just a student on Italki, I dared to be a teacher. Most of all I was afraid that I might not be able to keep up an interesting conversation for an hour and or if I could speak more slowly. Now one year has gone by since I began to teach on Italki. And I can say that I’ve learned to speak more slowly and to keep such a long conversation interesting (I hope). I like teaching very much. I like learning foreign languages, including Russian language as a language for foreigners, and it is so interesting to communicate with people of the same hobby and to help them in their Russian studies. I don’t stop continue to be delighted by my students’ diligence. What are the differences in me from the time when I was just a beginner in teaching and now? Firstly, I thought that Russian is a language which is impossible to know well if you weren't born in Russia. Now I know many people who know Russian very well. Of course it is difficult, but the devil is not so terrible as he is painted. Secondly, I needed a week to prepare for a lesson, but now just one or two days. You can ask why I needed a week for one lesson. The answer is I was looking for a good idea. It could be a song that helps to remember difference between the accusative case of direction and the prepositional of location, or a song to remember Russian pronouns or the genitive case. Or a short and funny classical story, a fragment of a good Russian movie or so on. Now I have some of my “tips”, so I need not prepare so much time before the lesson. Thirdly, my fears of one hour lesson were unreasonable. I could talk about 2 hours at that time even if I was requested for a one hour lesson, but now I can add just 15 or 30 minutes of overtime.(?) It is not only because I value my time more, it is because I want to leave something unsaid for my student to want to return to me to continue the conversation. All this year I have listened to music, I read books and watched TV more attentively. I think always if can I use them in my lessons. Now I have so many things I want to share with my students. I enjoy teaching so much!
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