Pronounce Russian Properly

Master the pronunciation and the music of Russian!
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  • Contents Video: 4 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

WELCOME to my training, designed specifically for you – a person who wants to speak Russian properly and be easily understood!

I have no doubts you have experienced this problem before (formulated one way or another):

“I have been learning Russian for so long but I still have a hard time understanding native speakers, or being understood by them”.

Well, I can assure you, it is NOT your fault! The problem lies in the bad habit to study languages almost solely from texts. Does it make sense to start speaking a language if you cannot hear it properly yet? If you do not know which sounds make up the language? If you do not know how to pronounce them? I believe it does not.

Instead, I offer you to learn good pronunciation from the start! My main objective is to get you acquainted with the sounds and the manners of speaking that exist in Russian but do NOT exist in English.

Here’s what you’ll gain in my Pronounce Russian Properly tutorial:

    · 38 INFORMATIVE SCREENCAST LECTURES (over 3.5 hours of content) to start hearing and speaking Russian properly from the beginning;

    · Over 300 of the MOST FREQUENTLY USED WORDS in spoken Russian;

    · 32 AUDIO TRACKS with the vocabulary to practice, recorded by a native speaker;

    · A BOOK IN PDF FORMAT. It contains all the content of our course, nicely formatted, to help you review it quickly and easily;

    · INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET transcriptions for each of the examples, so you can see the pronunciation of every word and sentence instantly;

    · A SPECIAL TECHNIQUE to model your pronunciation after that of native speakers, along with the material to practice.

Let’s check out the most important features of the course in more detail.

If you have already tried to tackle Russian, you must be aware of its key features – Russian is NOT a phonetic language. It simply means that a sound can be written in numerous ways and, vice-versa, a group of letters can be pronounced in different ways, depending on the word.

In Russian, knowing how to pronounce a word is not enough to write it down. The reverse is true also: seeing a word in writing is not enough to know how to pronounce it. That is exactly why it is basically useless to start learning Russian with the alphabet. No native speaker pronounces Russian letters in words the way they are presented in the alphabet. We use many sounds not found in the alphabet.

In order to teach you Russian sounds and especially to draw your attention to the sounds that exist in Russian but not in English, I use the International Phonetic Alphabet in the course, also known as the IPA. The IPA lets us write down words the way we pronounce them.

Another technique I use in the course lets you model your pronunciation after that of native speakers. To do that, I offer my students to use an audio editor. Unlike other methods, I advise you not just listen to the recording and repeat AFTER it. You are going to do it WITH the recording. To put it another way, you will try to synchronize your voice with the voice of the recording.

This will let you not only instantly hear if you pronounce the sound correctly or not, it will also let you keep an eye on the length of the sound (or syllable or word) to make sure you are in sync and using the same rhythm as the native speaker. The course contains 25 audio tracks recorded by a native speaker to let you practice. I will show you how to use a special tool to make the exercise more efficient.

Don’t worry! None of these techniques is rocket science.

Besides, this course has a number of takeaways, resources, and added educational benefits.

This training is designed to be self-paced but any serious student should be able to complete it in 3-4 weeks, including review times. You should observe nice results in terms of listening and speaking after only 2 weeks.

If you are interested in learning Russian to boost your career or just for fun, and appreciate a good challenge, this course is for you.

To sum up, you will have an unlimited, lifetime access to both screencast lessons, to the downloadable audio offered as a bonus and to the downloadable bonus PDF book, anytime and anywhere.

Besides, you will be able to ask the instructor any question related to the topic and receive a full, clear answer or let me know about any remark you have on how to further improve the course. The questions and remarks are reviewed weekly.

There’s truly no time to lose here. Get started now!

What are the requirements?

  • No specific knowledge is required to proceed the course. All you need is a willingness to learn new Russian sounds!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 300 of the most frequently used words in spoken Russian.
  • 32 audio tracks with the vocabulary to practice, recorded by a native speaker.
  • A book in PDF format that contains all the content of the course and helps you revise it quickly and easily.
  • The main goal of this course is to get you acquainted with the sounds and the manners of speaking that exist in Russian but do NOT exist in English.
  • In this course, you will learn to produce Russian vowels and consonants (all of the sounds used in speech, NOT just the alphabet letters).
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to stress the right syllable in each word and the right word in each sentence.
  • Finally, you will manage to respect the intonation patterns of the Russian language.

What is the target audience?

  • Learn Russian Pronunciation is an excellent resource for students, tourists, and business people looking for a comprehensive introduction to this complex (but not complicated!) language.
  • Perfect for beginners who want to develop good pronunciation habits from the start or for people who already know lots of vocabulary but have difficulty understanding native speakers or be understood by them.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

02:29

In this lecture, you will get an overview of this course. The training consists of 7 sections, so you will find out what each section is about.

03:31

In this lecture, I welcome you all to this course and announce the main objective of the training.

Section 1: INTRODUCTION
07:31

In this lecture, you will find out what the International Phonetic Alphabet is and how to use it for Russian.

06:40

In this lecture, I will advise you how to approach learning Russian phonetics, that is what attitude you should adopt and how to get used to new sounds.

Section 2: YOUR VOCAL TRACT
03:24

In this lecture, you will be reminded what functions your mouth and lips have.

05:17

In this lecture, you will learn which parts of the tongue are used to produce vowels and consonants, along with the examples.

01:10

In this lecture, you will see on examples that solely the position of your lips can change the sound.

03:35

In this lecture, you will be reminded that for the vocal cords you have two options: you can make them vibrate or leave them to rest. Examples will help you feel the difference.

00:18

In this lecture, you will find out what the glottis is and where it is situated in your throat.

00:45

In this lecture, you will learn what the alveolar ridge is and where it is situated in your mouth.

Your vocal tract
5 questions
Section 3: RUSSIAN CONSONANTS
04:42

In this lecture, you will find out how many consonants and consonant sounds in Russian are, which ones of them you know and which ones you will learn in the following lectures.

09:34

In this lecture, you will discover what the palatalization is and how to produce soft consonants, along with the examples.

02:57

In this lecture, I will help you make proper associations between consonant sounds found in both, English and Russian, identically.

02:22

In this lecture, you will learn consonant sounds that exist in English but are slightly different in Russian.

12:25

In this lecture, we will start discovering Russian consonant sounds that do not exist in English with the /ʂ/ sound (as in “что”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail, practice it with multiple examples and discover two tongue twisters to master the sound.

05:12

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian consonant sound that does not exist in English – the /ʐ/ sound (as in “уже”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail, practice it with multiple examples and discover two tongue twisters to master the sound.

09:17

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian consonant sound that does not exist in English – the /ɕ/ sound (as in “вообще”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail, practice it with multiple examples and discover two tongue twisters to master the sound.

07:12

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian consonant sound that does not exist in English – the /x/ sound (as in “хотеть”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail, practice it with multiple examples and discover two tongue twisters to master the sound.

19:10

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian consonant sound that does not exist in English – the /r/ sound (as in “говорить”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail, practice it with multiple examples and discover two tongue twisters to master the sound.

05:38

In this lecture, you will learn two combinations of consonant sounds you have studied before: the /ʨ/ sound that consists of /tʲ/ and /ɕ/ and the /ʦ/ sound that consists of /t/ and /s/.

11:12

In this lecture, we will sum up everything we have learned about Russian consonants so that you can have the global picture about Russian consonants.

Russian consonants
15 questions
Section 4: RUSSIAN VOWELS
02:11

In this lecture, you will find out how many vowels and vowel sounds in Russian are, which ones of them you know and which ones you will learn in the following lectures.

02:47

In this lecture, you will learn what a diphthong is and whether they do or do not exist in Russian.

04:03

In this lecture, I will help you make proper associations between vowel sounds found in both, English and Russian, identically.

09:28

In this lecture, we will start discovering Russian vowel sounds that do not exist in English with the /ɨ/ sound (as in “ты”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail and practice it with multiple examples.

09:10

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian vowel sound that does not exist in English - the /ɵ/ sound (as in “ещё”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail and practice it with multiple examples.

10:18

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian vowel sound that does not exist in English - the /ʉ/ sound (as in “абсолютно”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail and practice it with multiple examples.

06:57

In this lecture, you will discover another Russian vowel sound that does not exist in English - the /ɐ/ sound (as in “она”). You will learn the articulation of this sound in detail and practice it with multiple examples.

06:18

In this lecture, we will sum up all we have just learned about Russian vowel sounds and present it on the IPA chart. In addition, we will compare all the new vowel sounds by transitioning from the one to the others.

Russian vowels
10 questions
Section 5: LEXICAL STRESS AND RHYTHM
08:35

In this lecture, we will tackle the topic of the lexical stress – what the lexical stress is and which features it has.

08:58

In this lecture, you will learn why we need to use the lexical stress and what advantages it brings.

03:20

In this lecture, you will find out that there are two types of lexical stress – primary and secondary, and practice them with the example.

01:53

In this lecture, you will learn to respect the rhythm of the Russian language.

Lexical stress and rhythm
5 questions
Section 6: INTONATION AND PROSODIC STRESS
07:21

In this lecture, you will find out what the intonation patterns in Russian are.

05:30

In this lecture, you will learn what the prosodic stress is, which word in a sentence to stress and how the prosodic stress can change the meaning of the whole sentence.

Intonation and prosodic stress
5 questions
Section 7: CONCLUSION
02:59

In this lecture, we have compiled the table with all the important points of both the Russian and English phonetic systems, in order to compare them and highlight the differences.

08:00

In this lecture, I will give you some tips on how to preserve the knowledge you have just acquired and get organized to make the very most of this training.

08:31

In this lecture, we will show you how to model your pronunciation after that of native speakers with the help of an audio editor. Besides, you will get valuable bonuses!

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Instructor Biography

Tatiana Kharitonchik, Language instructor

Tania is a native Russian speaker. She was born in Nizhny Novgorod where she graduated with honors from a Master's program in Economics the Higher School of Economics.

After graduation Tania worked for a year in a financial sphere. Having found no suitable opportunities for growth in her native city, she decided to make her dream come true – see the world. She has lived in several countries around the world for the past 9 months (Thailand, the Philippines, France, Denmark) and is currently living in Hungary.

Tania speaks Russian, English and French, so she is personally familiar with all the difficulties people might have when learning a foreign language. Being the kind of a person who enjoys learning new things and getting all kind s of experience, she chose to start helping people who love Russian culture and language get to know it better.

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