Author Archive | sarahbabcock

Inquiring Minds Want to Know How to Ask Questions in Russian!


It drove our parents nuts.

Teachers and family friends, too.

Even reduced the toughest babysitters to tears and mumbles.

What could this dreaded thing be?


Lots and lots of unrelenting, unending questions posed by small children.

We all did …

Before “War and Peace”: 4 Strategies to Learn Russian Reading from Page One


If you know how to do it, you do it every day.

Usually without even thinking about it.

In fact, you’re doing it right now.

What are we talking about? Reading, of course.

Reading isn’t just an important part of …

TED Talks in Russian: An Inspirational Way to Learn Russian


Good ideas. Great ones. Who doesn’t have them?

We’ve all been struck by inspiration in the shower or while daydreaming.

But “ideas worth spreading”?

That’s a different caliber altogether.

“Ideas worth spreading” is the mantra of TED Talks, …

The Top 8 Russian MOOC Resources for Language Learners


You’re hip.

You follow the trends.

You know the latest meme—you might’ve even started it.

So don’t let one of the hottest trends in online learning pass you by: MOOCs.

Available online and open to all, MOOCs are one …

Choose Your Own Russian Adventure: 5 “Best” Ways to Learn the Language


Do your best.

Be the best you can be.

Give it your best shot.

We’re all taught to aspire for “the best,” but what does that mean, anyway?

When it comes to learning Russian, there’s no “best” way to learn. …

21 Russian Expressions for Adding Color to Your Conversation Skills


As Madonna famously sang in “Express Yourself,” don’t go for second best baby, put your love to the test.

Ok, so Madonna wasn’t singing about Russian, or any other language for that matter.

But her advice still rings true for …

How to Learn the Cyrillic Alphabet in 4 Divine Steps


Time for a pop quiz!

What’s based on Greek, originated with a couple of monks and is used by more than 250 million people worldwide?

No, it’s not vodka. (But good guess!)

It’s the Cyrillic alphabet!

For the most …