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This month, find out how to meet your in-laws in Russian, discover whether extroverts are better at learning languages, plus get to grips with Russian turns of phrase to make yourself sound fluent!
How to meet your in-laws in Russian
We’re positively hooked on Learn Russian Step-by-Step’s fun and brilliantly applicable five minute vocabulary lessons. Designed for virtually every occasion, the lessons (which are also available in Spanish and French) will help you with everything from meeting your Russian in-laws (and making sure they like you!), to getting the hang of personal pronouns. With helpful text to guide your learning and an audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker, these free lessons are an absolute goldmine of a resource for anyone keen to start learning Russian from the ground up.
Are extroverts better at learning languages?
Steve Kaufmann, the very impressive, multilingual blogger behind The Linguist speaks in 15 separate tongues! If anyone knows about what it takes to learn a language, this is the guy. There are lots of lines of thought out there which say that different types of people may be more or less predisposed to successful language learning, from those with musical skills, to people who are natural extroverts. In this fascinating blog, Kaufmann debunks the latter myth, explaining exactly what it really takes to learn languages.
Time for more Russian! We love learning about idioms from all over the world. These idiosyncratic expressions can sometimes be untranslatable yet speak volumes about a nation, its history and its personality. Learning and using idioms also separates the outstanding foreign language speakers from the good foreign language speakers. That’s why we’ve been thoroughly enjoying Everyday Russian’s Phrases of the Week feature. Alongside free audio lessons, Everyday Russian publishes tons of great content to help you get under the skin of the language. Go learn!
What’s your favourite untranslatable idiom? Are you an introvert or an extrovert – do you think this has affected your language skills? Share your thoughts with other readers in the comments section below.