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How to learn Russian - five steps to success

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How to learn new words

Before you get down to extending your Russian vocabulary you must remember that you don’t have to memorise every single word or expression you come across. You have to decide whether you need this word at your level of Russian, whether it is interesting for you and whether you will use it in the future. There are many ways of learning foreign words. What language it is is not of great importance; it can be Russian, Ukrainian or French. What you really need is an effective means of memorizing words.
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Flashcards

Yet another method of learning new words is flashcards. The principle is simple – on one side of the card you write a word or expression and on the other – its translation into your mother tongue.
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Keeping vocabulary notebooks

This method learned at school, which may seem time-consuming and unnecessary, proves, in fact, to be rather effective. You write down words and collocations on the left side in a notebook with their translations – on the right.
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Highlighting words in the text

If you’re studying a language, you’re probably using a textbook, or you’re reading books, newspapers or magazines in this language. We advise you to highlight the words that are useful and interesting from your point of view.
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Word cloud

The idea of creating a word cloud resembles the idea of drawing a mind map. The difference lies in that a word cloud doesn’t necessarily show logical connections between words.
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Mind maps

The principle of creating a mind map is placing a central key word on paper and drawing radial logical branches. For better perception of such diagrams all means of visualization are good: different colours, different lines, additional pictures.
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