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Many students are fascinated by the Russian culture and language and an increasing number of students are deciding that only speaking English isn't for them. Whether you want to go to Russia, improve your career prospects, or just learn more about a foreign language and culture, learning Russian is a great choice.
With that in mind, let's see why you should study Russian, the challenges students will face during their lessons, what students in school learn about Russian, how a professional private tutor can help, and how to find one to help you.
Russian is the official language in 11 different countries so learning to speak it will allow you to speak with people in these places, the 150 million native speakers of the language, and the 110 million people who speak it as a second language.
Aside from the cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language such as improved memory and problem-solving skills, Russian is becoming increasingly popular in the world of business. While English has long been considered the de facto language for business, more and more companies are preferring to do business in their own language so employers are looking for candidates with language skills.
Aside from helping your career, learning a foreign language can help you to meet people, see new parts of the world in a different way, access culture from other countries, and broaden your horizons.
If you're still in school, learning a foreign language has been shown to improve academic performance and bilingual students tend to perform better than their monolingual counterparts.
Learning a foreign language isn't the easiest thing in the world and Russian can be quite challenging. Here are a few of the reasons why a Russian student might struggle.
Russian doesn't use the same alphabet as English, so if you want to learn to read and write the language, you have a whole new writing system to learn.
Russian also features something known as grammatical case, something that we don't use in English. This means that you'll be taught a number of these cases and will need to change a noun depending on the role it plays in a sentence.
Aside from these two examples, there's also the pronunciation to wrap your head around and the fact that there are so many concepts in the Russian language that don't exist in other languages you may have learnt or studied.
Russian is often considered difficult, but never considered impossible!
Generally, the more similar a language is to our own, the easier it is to learn. European languages like French, Spanish, and Italian are usually taught in schools and unless you know a native Russian speaker, you mightn't get many opportunities to learn the language. That is changing, though.
The number of students choosing French and German at GCSE is dropping, but Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Spanish, and Italian, are all becoming more popular. While those of us who studied languages a while ago may remember dry lessons with hours of dull repetition, language teaching has changed quite a lot.
Students studying Russian at GCSE will learn about the language and the culture in Russia and other Russian-speaking nations. They'll learn how to read, write, speak, and understand the spoken language. Of course, the GCSE won't give you a very high level in any language, but it will give you some experience using the language and the foundation to take your continue using your language skills at A Level or on a university course.
One of the best ways to learn the Russian language is through private tutors. With so much to cover, it's important that all your lessons focus on what you need to learn.
Private tutors can adapt every lesson to their students. Whether you need help with speaking, how to read the Russian alphabet, or vocabulary specific to certain subjects, your tutor can focus on that.
Additionally, since you'll be the only student in the session, you'll get plenty of time to practise your new language with a Russian speaker. Your tutor may even be a Russian native speaker.
If you've decided to learn how to speak Russian with a private tutor, you can start looking for the perfect tutor on Superprof. Check out each tutor's profile, what experience they have, what their students' reviews say about them, how much they charge, and whether or not they offer the first lesson for free.
Try a few different Russian teachers out with these free lessons before deciding upon which one's right for you. It's important that you get on well with your tutor as learning Russian can take a long time so it's likely you may be seeing them quite frequently.
There are three main ways to get Russian language tutoring: face-to-face, online, or in groups.
With face-to-face tutors, you'll be the only student in the class and you'll get to enjoy tutoring that's tailored to you. Of course, this premium service comes at a cost and this type of tuition is usually the most expensive.
If you can't find any suitable tutors in the local area, you might want to consider online tutoring. Thanks to the internet, as long as you have a decent connection and a webcam, you can learn from private Russian tutors all over the world. If you want to learn from native speakers, this is usually the way to go as, unsurprisingly, most of them can be found in Russia or Russian-speaking countries. As they don't have to travel, these tutors are usually cheaper than face-to-face tutors.
Finally, for those on a budget, group tutorials are a way to enjoy private Russian lessons with other students like you. While you won't get as much one-on-one time with your tutor, you will have a group of other students to practise your new language with. As you'll all be splitting the bill,
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