Russian birthday traditions

Each person’s birthday is some kind of special sacred holiday. This is a great occasion to bring together your loved ones, to chat, hang out and have a great time.

Birthdays are...

Border between Europe and Asia

The main border between Europe and Asia runs along the Ural mountains.

In the city of Orenburg on a pedestrian bridge across the Ural river  there is a symbolic sign of the
border between...

The Omul fish of Lake Baikal

See my previous blog about Lake Baikal. This blog is about a very spacial species of fish that only lives in this lake.
The omul (Coregonus migratorius) also known as “Baikal omul” is a...

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, nicknamed "the Pearl of Siberia", is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume,
not extent). It contains 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water.
During the winter...

Learning Russian without the Russian alphabet

Usually the motivations for learning Russian are business, career, travel in Russia, desire to
personally communicate with residents of Russia, enter university or other reasons.

But on the way to learn Russian language there are obstacles in form of the alphabet, cases and
other grammatical features of the Russian language. So I have developed a system of 10 lessons that
will make it easier to get acquainted with Russian language.

After 10 lessons students will be able to talk about themselves and maintain a simple dialogue.
During the 10 lessons I speak with students only in Russian language, using sign language and writing
on the blackboard in Latin letters.

The students learn phrases quickly, they listen to intonation and communication develops  fast.
The game form of learning helps a lot and breaks down barriers.

In the first lesson we work out phrases for Greeting and Goodbye.

The students understand that to each other they can say : ‘Privyet’ (Привет), ‘Poka’ (Пока). But to adults they don’t know well, or are older than them, they need to say: ‘Zdravstvuite’ (Здравствуйте), ‘Do svidania’ (До свидания).


The students work in pairs.  Then I add the contraction : ‘Kak tebya zovut?’ (Как тебя зовут?) –  ‘What is your name?’.  Answer: ‘Menya zovut…….’ (Меня зовут…..’ –   ‘My name is…….’

In the next lesson I add the contraction  :  ‘Otkuda ty priekhal’ (Откуда ты приехал?) – Where did you come from?.

Each lesson we start with repetition and I add the new phrases contractions.

After ten lessons the students are able to form dialogues in which they talk about themselves and at the same time they learn about the student they are paired with.

In order to brighten up the training I use creative activity – such as decorating ‘Matryoshka’ (Матрешкa)  –  a Russian wooden toy in form of a painted doll inside which there are smaller dolls like it  –  and sing Russian songs such as ‘Katyusha’ (Катюша) and ‘Podmoskovnye vechera’ (Подмосковные вечера), and recite short poems.

After ten lessons, for students who decide to continue to learn Russian, I introduce the Russian alphabet into the learning process.

So if you are interested in learning Russian using this method please contact me.

Letter Ы in Russian Alphabet

Today I am going to introduce to you the letter Ы from the Russian alphabet.

This letter is special. It is a vowel but is never written at the beginning of a word.

If you look at the...

Hard Sign in Russian Alphabet

A hard sign Ъ for foreigners is like a brain explosion.

Some foreigners say if there is hard sign and soft sign so means must be sharp and dull, salt and sour signs.

There is an...

Soft Sign in Russian Alphabet

A soft sign ь is a letter of the Russian alphabet. This letter does not denote a sound.

One function of the soft sign ь in Russian is to indicate the soft pronunciation of a consonant.