Let's discuss each of the writing stages (ideas, words & phrases, sentences, paragraphs, coherence, review) more in detail. 1. Ideas. Although you are full of ideas, the most difficult stage is to start. Procrastination is a typical avoidant behaviour that many of us experience, starting a new task. Remember, you don't need to finish the … Continue reading How to Work on a Text? Part 1.
This is the question I have recently received from my friend. And I was puzzled. I never paid attention till the moment I was asked. Interesting question, isn't it? Speaking up to 5 languages per day definitely affects my thinking and dreaming. While English is my dominant 'thinking' language, dreams are rather multilingual, usually Russian, … Continue reading In What Language Do You See Dreams?
I am extending the topic of the Finnish language acquisition, hoping that my experience can be useful to others. Like I mentioned before, vocabulary was a challenge for me in every language I learned. Here are the tricks, which helped me to overcome the struggle: 1. Senses. As a visual person, I need to see … Continue reading How I Learned Finnish Words? (Applicable to Other Languages)
I have mentioned in the previous post that the role of grammar in language learning is under question. There are scholars who state that focusing on grammar is not valid anymore. At the same time, some scholars still strongly believe in the importance of grammar. Let's get practical. 1. Once again, I want to bring … Continue reading Is Grammar Important?
In current linguistics, there is a passionate debate about the importance of grammar in language learning. Indeed, there is a shift to the communicative approach, where the priority is to deliver your idea to the person you are talking to. At the same time, no one cares if you miss an article or omit the … Continue reading Russian Language. Part 3. Grammar.
... Alphabet. To continue, I will briefly discuss the alphabet. Many people get scared when they see Cyrillic letters. I heard many times that it was exactly the Russian alphabet, which was a turn-off for learning the language. To surprise you (or scare even more), I will say that the alphabet is the easiest aspect … Continue reading Russian Language. Part 2. Alphabet and Vocabulary.
Many people ask me if the Russian language is difficult to learn and why it is difficult to learn. Here are some answers to those who consider learning Russian or who is simply curious about the language. Like you already know from my previous post, the difficulty of a new language depends on its similarity … Continue reading The Russian Language. Part 1.
Whether language learning occurs in a formal or informal environment has a particular impact on learning outcomes. Some of people prefer attending classes, while others progress faster learning a language informally. It fully depends on how you organise your schedule, what goals you have, and simply what works for you better. There are both advantages … Continue reading Formal vs Informal Language Learning
There is a huge discussion all over the world that the English language has intruded other languages. This invasion has resulted in the intense shift on the lexical level with a significant number of loan words. I suggest that we look at the main language in the world from a different perspective. - Literature. English … Continue reading Why Should We Appreciate English?
It is a very complex topic; however, I refer to a couple of main factors, influencing the mistakes we make in a foreign language. In my video, I discuss the influence of mother tongue, rule misunderstanding, overgeneralision, and a slip of the tongue. YouTube video: https://youtu.be/gBn4DPS-blU I want to remind you that you can ask … Continue reading Why Do We Make Mistakes in a Foreign Language? (Video)