Hey so I was recommended to you about Russian alphabet learning tips and such. I'm trying to learn Russian and the alphabet is just giving me a lot of trouble, I've tried flashcards but they just don't work with me. Do you know of anything else?First, I would suggest to draw all the 33 letters - each on a separate sheet of paper (half or quarter of a letter size sheet should be fine). While drawing, you’ll learn how the letters are built - it’s a very good, deep practice! And it is fun.
Then divide the letters into the following groups:
- Very similar in Russian and English (A, O, T, M, K, E)
- Specifically Russian letters; they look exotic and represent unique sounds or the ones that are made up of a combination of letters in English (Ы, Ц, Ш, Щ, Ж, Ч, Я, Ю, Ё)
- Look different, but sound familiar (Г, З, Ф, П, Л, Д, Э, Й, И, Б)
- Look familiar , but sound differently (У, Н, Х, В, Р, С)
- Mute letters (ъ, ь)
Practice more with the letters that confuse you by memorizing Russian words for the international vocabulary, such as:
Банк, танк, Интернет, компьютер etc.
You wouldn’t need to memorize new words - just the letters in those words. Little by little, you’ll internalize the alphabet and start reading.
Writing letters and words by hand is extremely helpful - you’ll involve more of the neuron chains for that than when simply typing, and memorizing will go easier.
Here are a few links that you might find helpful:
- Russian alphabet at Russian For Everyone
- Reading practice at RT.com
- A special Russian Alphabet course at Memrise
- A slide show I created for my students
- Global Logos written with Russian letters
I don’t know for how long and how intensive you’ve been trying to learn the Russian alphabet, but I want to tell you one thing: it is okay if, after months of training, you still confuse some Russian letters from time to time. My students sometimes confuse some letters that look similar - л (L) and п(P), Latin B and Russian В etc. It’s fine! It should not discourage you from learning!
And, finally, consider these bookmarks. Visual aid really works, proved by my students.
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