The course Basic Russian is designed for beginners to pre – intermediate learners and focuses on vocabulary and phrases that you can use in basic Russian communication.
The course is based on contextual learning, meaning that you will not only learn just words, but also sentences in which you can use these words. In this course you will find a total of 1,100 words and practice sentences. There is also a minicourse of the Russian alphabet – Cyrilic- for you there so that you can get acquainted with the different letterset.
The course is divided into lessons on basics, activities, housing, travel, numbers, food, communication, mini-dialogues, shopping, family and characteristics.
What is the best way to work with the course? Choose the lesson you want to start with. Each lesson contains six tracks. First, familiarize yourself with the actual vocabulary (tracks 1 and 2). Next, you have a word followed by a contextual sentence, again in both translation options (tracks 3 and 4). Then you move on to complete sentences (tracks 5 and 6). Once you have mastered translating sentences from English into Russian (lesson 6) in the time gap before the English translation, you have won. The words alone will help you in understanding the meaning, but using the mastered complete sentences will help you communicate much better.
You do not necessarily have to listen to all the tracks in one lesson. You can adapt your listening to your actual language level and whether you learn more effectively hearing Russian language or English first.
For this course, there is a script available for free to download at www.audioacademyeu.eu, which will make your activities with the course much more effective. In its introduction, you will find a learning guide along with helpful tips on how to make the lessons more effective and a lesson plan for you to record your learning progress. The script is divided thematically into three parts. In the first you will find a written version of the audio tracks you will listen to. If you’re a real beginner, it’s a good idea to read what you’re listening to at the same time during your first few listening sessionss – it will help you remember the words and sentences better. In the second part you will find the writing tests. For each lesson there is one test of vocabulary and one test of sentences. The key to both tests is available right after the tests too. Again, if you write the words and sentences you have learned in addition to listening to them repeatedly, you will remember them better. In the third part of the script you will find double-sided flashcards that you can cut out with scissors and practice even when you can’t or don’t want to listen.
The course is narrated by native speakers – Jeff Short in English and Alexander Podolkhov and Anna Makarenko in Russian.