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May 3, 2017

Meg asks: "How can I make my Russian sentences less English?"

Episode Summary:

  • The challenge you're facing is learning to express ideas the way a Russian would
  • It's not just a linguistic thing - it's a cultural thing. Compare: Good Morning / おはようございます
  • There's no shortcut to doing this - it's a long, gradual process
  • If you want to express yourself like a Russian, you need to spend a lot of time with Russian - listening, reading, speaking
  • The process you need to practise is how to take an idea, and construct a sentence the way a Russian would. In order to achieve this, any exercise that helps you slow down the process and get feedback on your efforts can be helpful.

Try:

  • Reverse translation (see below)
  • Your teacher can ask you: "How do you say ___ in Russian?" and then correct you
  • Talk to yourself in Russian as you walk around the house

But ultimately, a lot of listening and reading is the best policy!

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VXmDiBfzwA

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