Do you have any favorite methods for learning vocab? I’ve tried a lot- YouTube videos about making word lists were especially fun to try- but these four things have helped me the most…
Sign up for Transparent Language’s Russian Word of the Day
Why you should use it: It’s free + daily + has a link to a native speaker pronouncing the word / sentence. I’ve been getting these emails for a long, long time and haven’t seen them recycle words- they’re always new ones! And while most sentences are relevant to real life, sometimes you get a winning sentence like this one:
Why you should use it: This is a spaced repetition system for flashcards, meaning it’s smart enough to show you the cards you don’t know well yet. It’s free for most people (sorry, apple users, $20 or so?) and works on phones + computers. You can use it to curate your own deck from scratch. If you’re feeling lazy, search for a free, pre-made deck. Try Expatiate Russian Verbs or 1,395 Russian Verbs with Audio. I do ANKI in all the little moments, like waiting for light rail and waiting for the elevator. If there’s someone else around who speaks Russian, I read the Russian part out loud and challenge them to translate it to English.
Why you should read them: Memes only take a minute to read or perhaps a few seconds to scan. Plus, who doesn’t need more humor / weirdness in their life? Here’s where I usually go for my memes:
Always pick Russian
Why you should do this: When you switch your phone’s language to Russian the first time, you’ll probably fumble your way through at least a few phone calls. But if you make these kinds of choices repeatedly over time, it makes a difference. I had my gmail set up in Russian forever. It was definitely awkward at first, but things sunk in over time. (And yeah, this is undoubtedly not new advice for you, but have you followed through with it?) And whenever there’s a choice to do something in Russian, I usually pick it. A big healthcare provider wants to know a preferred language for mailings? Getting ready to play a Farm for your Life marathon? There are language options for a tourist map of the Houston Space Center? Russian, Russian, and Russian 😉
Okay, that’s it for now. There are a few more things I want to share with you about ANKI and memes soon. In the meantime, please tell me about your favorite ways to learn vocabulary! 🙂