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20 November 2013

Russian Language: the Very First Lesson

There are many methods to teach languages. Every teacher develops his/ her own system with time. This system has to be changed with every new student because every person has own capacities and ways to learn new information. I describe here my way to begin the new course of Russian language with a person that does not know anything of Russian language.

exercises to do

Здравствуйте! Здравствуй!
Я - Людмила. Меня зовут Людмила.
Как вас зовут? Как тебя зовут?
Очень приятно!

I prepare much more phrases on the leaf for two reasons: sometimes persons can learn more sometimes less. So, if my student can learn more in the firsst lesson, I have more phrases to work with. If he/ she can't learn much, I have a limit of these phrases I absolutely have to work with the first day.

alphabet tables (one with transcription, one - to hang on the wall) There are many pictures in the web and everywhere.


I begin with the first phrases. I explain the modes of use of -те and the ethymology of the word здравствуйте. It's to lower the tension and to create some interest. The ethymological informations are always useful for these aims. Very important is the capacity of the teacher to create a kind of show and make the student partecipate in it.

I write the second phrase on the wall and read every letter.
Than I pass to the alphabet that hangs on the wall near me.
I work with the alphabet.
Than I pass to the third and last phrase.

Very important is to arrive to the last phrase of the lesson to give the sense of completeness of the first part of the study.


I do not expect that the person trying for the first time to learn some russian words have great progresses. I do not expect it at all. The only result has to be the interest of the student and his/ her conviction he/ she CAN do it.

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