Learning Russian isn’t difficult. All you need to do is strategically start several small habits, cultivate them daily, and watch them grow into your life. Do this for 3 to 6 months, and learning Russian will be an integral part of your daily schedule.
This ensures you make progress on a weekly basis.
Follow the 7 steps below to learn Russian without spending a fortune on teachers and classes.
Step 1: get started
There’s so many online content out there, that it’s tough to decide where to start. Which course to follow? Or should you take classes? Or download that latest language app?
That’s why it’s best to just pick something and get started. Whatever method you choose, will teach you at the bare minimum something. Better to start now, get some experience, and then in a couple of months find what works for you.
So start now. Pick something from my recommended resources to ensure you pick something that actually works.
Step 2: go slow to go fast
Alright. You’re full of motivation. That’s great. Now, use this motivation to get started.
But avoid making grandiose plans that involve you studying for hours every single day.
Best to take it easy.
Pick one single course/app/site, and spend 10 minutes per day on it.
This ensures that you won’t get overwhelmed. It also ensures that you focus on creating one single habit.
Once that habit is rooted in your life, you can add another one.
Step 3: watch russian series
The best way to get started is to watch Russian series. You’ll learn a lot, and teach your brain to get used to the Russian language.
Check the recommended resources for movies/series.
Once you watch series at a consistent basis, you can start the following step.
Step 4: start listening to a podcast
Podcasts and audio lessons are the superior method of learning a language. It’s way faster than classes, and you can listen to them while driving, commuting, walking, cooking etc.
Pick a good one, I recommend Michel Thomas Russian for starters, and listen to it daily for 10 minutes. It’s officially a paid course, but someone uploaded it on YouTube for free. Use that 🙂 Watch it here.
Step 5: install a spaced repetition app
Next step is to improve your vocabulary. There are 1000’s of apps that do that, but the 2 tried and trusted are Ankidroid and Duolingo.
Look for those in your app store. Check some pictures, read some reviews and install the one you like best.
Unless you speak another slavic language, you need to ‘supplement’ your Russian vocabulary. As there are few words that English (or Spanish, Chinese etc.) have in common with Russian.
Step 6: practice speaking daily
All the previous habits will teach you the theoretical nuts and bolts of Russian.
Now you need to practice daily speaking to ensure you integrate all that knowledge into practical speaking skill.
You can do this online, in real life, or on your own.
Step 7: don’t stop
If you’ve done the work to make sure the previous habits have become lasting habits, then all you need to do is keep your momentum going.
It costs about half an hour per day to watch a series, listen to an audiocourse, do 2 minutes of ‘appwork’ and practice speaking.
You can take a couple of days off here and there, but ensure you do most of these daily actions at least 4 days per week.
If you do them more than half of the days, they will stay habits. And that ensures weekly progress in Russian.