We’ll take a look at the power of Word Origin as a useful for remembering words. Check it out below:
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Thank you Mark for the podcast, i have listened to the episodes more than 3 times each up to the 7th episode and i have mastered some words but because of work and so fort where by i only speak English and it gets busy i tend to leave the podcast out, but i have been able to get back to the podcast recently and i want to be able to finish listening to the podcast being able to communicate well or at least a little. reason i started learning Russian is because i am dating a Russian guy and would like to communicate with that person easily. thank you so much for your podcasts. really helpful all the way from Belize Central America.
I have always wondered if any coach for a language could figure out a way to make learning the language as a child from birth would learn. For instance, a video showing a mother saying things like lullabyes, and working the way up through the language? Of course, itd be long and tedious, but…do you think something well constructed could work doing it that way?
Great question. For sure you want a course which uses comprehensible input. Here’s a video I made on the subject:
Learn Language the Way Children Do – Comprehensible Input
I found your course by accident on Spotify—and LOVE it. I had no intention of learning Russian, but because of personal circumstances, I’m chronically underslept. A serious consequence is memory loss, supposedly permanent. Even though my memory is now indeed crap, I don’t believe it’s permanent. So, like going to the gym for my body, I’m going to the memory activation center of my brain to re-create lost synapses. Learning language forces both long and short-term memory, so I’m using your course as a brain/memory building excercise. Yet, being able to order Vodka at a Russian pub doesn’t hurt either.
So far, I’ve had to repeat the lessons sometimes 3 or more times, but I’ve noticed that it’s starting to stick. I cannot thank you enough for your course. We’ll see where this goes.
Sorry to hear about your condition, Jim…but also very glad to hear that in some way my RME course is helping you.
If you indeed pursue the language further, I hope you’ll join my video course, Russian Accelerator.
I was learning Russian with a mnemonic ” CD ” language course, so quite some time ago.
But you couldn’t skip levels so always had to start at the beginning.
Also the words I was learning were not everyday words, for example animals not only included dog, cat etc but obscure animals which are really not needed. Waste of time.
I know there is a word ( can’t recall it ) to describe the most common words in everyday use and the number is about 700.
So if you can learn those 700 odd words of a language you will be able to converse more than adequately.
How does your course compare?
There’s really no comparison at all. The course you’re describing sounds poorly made and not well thought out. Russian Accelerator, on the other hand, is a painstakingly planned course which is very comprehensive and goes into great depth. We’ve had graduates test directly into 300 level courses of Russian at their university. So…no comparison at all.
I’m nearing the end of Russian Made Easy and will soon enroll in your Russian Accelerator course. I am curious if you know of anyone using your approach to other languages. Spanish? French? Greek? Really curious about this. Thanks.
I know of only one other course that uses my approach: Japanese Method Mastery. I was involved in all aspects of creating the course.
And we are finally making a podcast for it. Feel free to write us at: email@example.com Mention your interest in the Japanese podcast,
and we can notify you when it’s ready.
But for all the other languages you mention…No. No other courses that I’m aware of. And I get asked so often, we are contemplating filling that gap.
Again, feel free to write us for updates.
In the meantime, I look forward to welcoming you to Russian Accelerator. 🙂
I really appreciate your work
Iam learning Russian very good by your episodes
Thanks very much
Hi ,I love learning the russian language with your mnemonic system!
Fantastic podcast, quick question: how are we to use visual memory aids / mnemonic devices if the Russian word has no English equivalent to associate it to, such as ‘Hoarr Cheche (I want)’.
Thanks for the kind words. In my Russian Accelerator course, the mnemonic (PowerPhrase) I use for “I want” (ya hochu) is:
Imagine a kid who wants a biky for his birthday and instead gets a choo-choo trian. He’d make a frowny face and say:
YUCH A CHOO choo train? I want a bike!
YUCH A CHOO sounds roughly like Я хочу
Hope to see you in R.A.! 🙂
For example the Russian word for the Color brown is коричневый korichnevyy. Sounds like crunch.A crunchy biscuit which is ….brown……
The word for quick is быстрый
bystryy which sounds like bistro where you can get a …..quick …..bite to eat.
Those are good PowerPhrases, but it raises an important point:
You first have to learn the word through context. You can’t just tell someone,
blippity-bloop is the word for “(whatever)”. The brain does not want to be TOLD what a word means.
It wants to determine meaning **for itself** by seeing it used in context.
THEN, after they’ve learned it, you can ofter a memory prompt…a PowerPhrase like быстро / bistro for quick.
Thank dear Mark, I learned a lot from the staff or lessons you shared with the world.
You and your team are the most charitable guys in the earth i have ever never seen.
I want learn Russian language
I am a French guy and I have been listening to your podcast for a couple of month now. It helps me a lot since I want to learn Russian as well as consolidating my English.
I think your method is great to learn Russian.
Nevertheless and because I am alone in my learning, I would like to find a good way to learn the alphabet, the numbers and all the basics like greetings, the hours, etc…
Can you recommend me a way to do so ?
Finally your podcast is only 30 episodes long. Have you been thinking in doing a second part for the podcast ?