This course is for people who love studying languages in a 'live', non-text book manner, who already know how to read Cyrillic and are eager to start speaking Russian.
We will cover three topics: household kitchen items, clothing and every day action verbs. Initially introduced to each word, you will then learn and practice it in sentences and conversational situations. And sometimes we'll go out on a tangent when the word or expression calls for it.
This course is meant to entertain while educating, so get ready to have some fun with the language. I encourage you to engage in a conversation - be it with your fellow students or your teacher (me that is). What else is a language for but to converse and share?
There will be some grammar exercises and quizzes. Make mistakes and have a laugh. By all means have a laugh, and only then go back and learn again. You will get better with practice.
Take your time with each lecture. Practice makes permanent (although not necessarily perfect). Each one contains ample opportunities to practice reading, writing and pronunciation. Test your skills on quizzes, practice in conversations and then move on to the next lecture.
Ask questions and share your thoughts - it will help everybody.
I'm here to help and would gladly chat with you and help you practice pronunciation. Post requests and I'll do my best to find time to set up Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangout, you name it.
Learn and have fun!
Flash cards for the kitchen / household items
Glass (material) and a glass (the beverage holder). And things you that Russian call "a glass" but you probably never would.
Learn the verbs to use with the word "glass" and "cup"
Cup, mug, saucer
Plate... and UFOs
Cutlery and pitchfork on water (yep, strange!)
Match the words and pictures.
Clothes, to dress / to put on
T-shirt, pants, trousers, shirt and colors of the rainbow
short expressions combining 7 colors and other vocabulary with the accent on the ending of adjective, depending on gender and number.
A humorous song from a old comedy. Tons of new words - practice reading along with the song, don't try to memorize the lyrics - this is just a listening comprehension exercise of sorts.
Ladies' clothing, jewelry and watches / clocks.
To clothes someone vs. yourself, to begin (to start) + to begin (start) something
Footwear and headwear
Things we do every day in general and in the morning in particular. Verb conjugation in Present Tense (brace yourselves!)
Three meals of the day + more conjugation practice.
To go (walk), to go (by car), to read, to write, to work, to learn / study, to draw / paint
To drink, to eat, to be, to talk, to chat, to tell, to listen, to hear, to sing, to love, to like, to take a shower, to go to bed, to sleep.
Tips on further learning.
I am professional teacher of ESL, Russian by birth, British at heart and American according to my passport, with a passion for language learning and teaching.
I've been a teacher for half of my life, having taught languages and science (my first major was actually physics - LOVE IT!). I am also a photographer so if you feel like chatting about that in Russian, I'm game!
I wholeheartedly share the opinion that "Geeks shall inherit the earth". Go geeks and life learners.