Author Archive | renatailitsky

The 3-Step Beginner Plan to Learn Russian Like a 3-year-old

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Don’t you envy kids?

They get to sleep in the middle of the day, get their meals served to them and get to play all the time.

Who wouldn’t want those luxuries?

Plus, so many things come easily to …

Ready, Set, Translate! 6 Sites for Russian Translation Exercises

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Ever seen a foreign film or show with subtitles that just seemed… off?

Where the dialogue or narrative just didn’t add up?

To the point where even if you didn’t understand the original language at all, you knew someone had …

How to Speak Russian Like a Native Speaker… or a Spy!

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Still reluctant to start learning to speak Russian?

Even though you really need to?

Maybe you have a trip to Russia or a Russian-speaking country coming up, or a business meeting with a Russian investor.

Or maybe you’re just planning …

Close Up: 9 Russian Learning Tools to Zoom In on Vocabulary

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

However, have the people who say that tried communicating with simple images?

Do you ask for milk in a grocery store by showing the store clerk a picture of a cow?…

Easy! Learn to Write Russian in 7 Baby Steps

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When was the last time you learned a new skill?

When we are younger, we perfect new skills all the time.

Walking, riding a bicycle, tying our shoelaces.

The learning process seems endless in our earlier years.

As we get …

7 Russian Subtitle Learning Tools to Sub into Your Study Plan

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Oprah calls it an “Aha!” moment.

When you get a great idea spontaneously, as if it appears out of thin air.

Here is one such idea that occurred to me one morning a few years ago over cereal and Russian

Take It Easy! 5 Options for Easy Russian Short Stories

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The greatest thing about having kids is reliving your own childhood.

As an immigrant, I spent my childhood in Russia, but my teenage years and adulthood in the United States.

When I had my own child, I suddenly remembered the …