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Why do you speak more than one language?

I have been asked this question many times and usually the answer I give is: because I like it! But […]

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Difference between Chto eto? and Chto eto takoje?

Что это? = What is this? vs. Что это такое? = What is this? What is the difference between these 2 […]

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I Spy With My Little Eyes: Russian Around You

On our latest trip down to San Diego we decided to go without any electronic entertainment for my 3 year […]

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What Does Russian Sound Like to Those Who Don’t Know It?

Many of my friends love the fact that I speak Russian to my children and are surprised by the replies […]

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Do Cartoons in Russian Help Teach Russian to Kids?

As a child my parents were always trying to limit my screen time (that pretty much was TV time) in […]

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Meet the Author

Natasha has been teaching Russian to foreigners for over 20 years, first in Ukraine and then in the USA. She […]

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Is Russian a Phonetic Language?

To a certain degree yes. Or, may be, it’s better to say that Russian is almost phonetic, because you pronounce […]

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Masculine Nouns with Feminine Endings

Are there many masculine nouns with feminine endings? Not many, but there are some masculine nouns that are used a […]

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What Is Your Language Learning Cocktail? Some Useful Language Learning Ideas

Whether you are studying yourself, teaching students or making sure your kids are multilingual, you need to know a little bit about the learner to make the best out of the process.

Try to find what works. Most likely it is not one thing but a combination: a potent cocktail that will unleash the learning powers of each individual 🙂

For example when I study foreign languages (I am a native Russian speaker and have English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese under my belt with various degrees of fluency), I know that my combination is:

consistency/routine – audio/listening – keeping notes – short and logical – social engagement – have a goal

What is yours?

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