Tip 1. Use it at home
To make the process easier, just change the language on your phone and computer. This is much easier than it sounds. Visually, you will remember where what functions are located, so you can use the gadgets without any problems.
Tip 2. Keep motivated
For language learning to be successful, you need to be constantly motivated. Whatever reason or motivation you have to learn a language it should be strong. Some people learn the language to communicate with foreign business partners and others because they wish to emigrate to another country.
Tip 3. Regularity / Repetition
it is better to study every day for 30 minutes than once a week for 5 hours. Daily practice exercises the brain for better results.
Tip 4. Make the process of language learning fun and interesting
Having a fun activity stimulates the brain to create associative connections with the information that enters it. This means that knowledge will be absorbed easier and quicker.
When learning a language on your own, be sure to use humor as a learning tool. You can watch comedy programs, watch memes on the Internet, etc.
Tip 5. Find people from Russia to talk to
It is through actually communicating with people and not textbooks that you start to understand how the language is used on a daily basis. There are many forums on the internet where people from around the world wish to learn Russian. One of the basic rules in learning languages is sounds.
Tip 6. Read and read again
But what if there is no time to read books? What if you can't look up every word you don’t understand in the dictionary? There is a solution! Find popular Russian-speaking bloggers on Instagram and read their little stories about travel, cars, food, and more.
Tip 7. Listen to yourself
Have you read a story, post, or something else, learned new words, but how to use them now? How to check if you have memorized all words and constructions correctly? Record your stories on a voice recorder, then listen to them and correct your texts. This is important when you are learning to tell stories. which in my opinion is the hardest part of learning a language. When you listen to your story on the recorder, you understand how you speak slowly, and it will help you learn to speak faster.
Tip 8. Write more.
The secret to many successful students is that they write a lot. There are different strategies that are often used, one of which is: writing sentences or stories with new words. Sometimes these sentences can be complete fantasy, they can be funny, but they will help you remember the words in context.
Tip 9. Watch and repeat
For example, on the refrigerator, I always have a list of verbs with pictures that show what it means to "cook", "cut", "stir", etc. Every time I cook, I repeat these actions and say what I am doing in English. You can also do this but in Russian. A list in the kitchen, a list in the room with words for cleaning, a list with words about the schedule of the day (get up, go to bed, wash) in the bathroom. ...
Tip 10: Write everything down
You should not always rely on your memory. Especially if you are in another country and everything that surrounds you is often a new phenomenon. Always keep a notebook or mobile phone close at hand, in which you can quickly and conveniently take notes. At the end of each day, look over your notes, among them, there is certainly something worth remembering.
Tip 11. Creation of the system
In the modern world, it is sometimes difficult for each of us to find a free moment. However, it is a systematic approach to learning that is one of the most important criteria for success. Anyone can listen to a podcast in their target language on the way to work, or set aside 15 minutes of their time to review grammar instead of watching social media feeds. "If you create a training system, you will not feel too short of time for training."
In addition to tips for a systematic approach to learning languages, here are a few more:
- never cram, do not memorize anything separately, out of context;
- try to mentally translate everything that is possible: a flashed advertising board, an inscription on a poster, scraps of conversations that you have heard by chance.
- write down and memorize ready-made phrases, idiomatic expressions in the first person, singular;
- do not be afraid to speak, do not be afraid of possible mistakes, but ask that they be corrected. And most importantly - do not be upset and do not be offended if they really start to correct you;
- a foreign language is a fortress that needs to be stored from all sides at the same time: reading newspapers, listening to the radio, watching undubbed films, attending lectures in a foreign language, working out a textbook, correspondence, meetings, and conversations with friends - native speakers.
Hope this helps in your Russian learning journey ☺