Using Super Literal Translation is essential when learning Russian!
“S.L.T. makes your learning more efficient, increases what you can do with your vocabulary, and gets you thinking in Russian.
Watch the video below to learn more about this essential language learning technique.
If you are just getting started with Russian check out my free audio course. Even if you have experience, please start with Episode 1 as everything you’ll be learning is cumulative.
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Hey Mark. I have just stumbled upon this today, from the comment section of a guy on YouTube called “Bald and Bankrupt”. His video is about what worked for him, and that is basically ignoring grammar at first and just using vocabulary. I find it hard to do this because when I am trying to learn Russian, I find that I need to know how things work, I need to know how the mechanics of the language so I can use the small parts of it together and build something else. I have automatically been using SLT to help me learn Russian even before I have found your podcast, and I must say that it works for me! The biggest mistake other courses make in my opinion is to tell you what the answer is, and to not say why the answer is right. They just gloss over that. Very much looking forward to the rest of your podcast material!
Thanks for the note. And yes, SLT (Super-literal translation) is absolutely key to learning a new language. Otherwise you’re never quite sure what you’re saying.
I hope to welcome you to R.A. one day. And in the meantime, keep up the great work!
OMG, Mark Thomson really does reply to comments! I listen to the full course of russian made easy on itune but I tought that you did not have time to read and respond to email and comment so I have never try to send comments on your course.
I am a french (Canadian) and speak well enough english ( I think so ). Your course really made me progress with my grammar skills (even though it is not the main topic of the course) I find that it was a very intuitive learning of the russian grammar.
Thanks for your comment and your kind words of support. I try to respond to as many emails as I can, because listener support means so much to me and the others on my team.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying my podcast. When you’re done, I hope to welcome you to my Russian Accelerator course. I promise, we’ll turn you into a confident, conversational Russian speaker. You can learn more about it here…
Kind regards from Ukraine!
First of all thank You for this. I agree, all other courses ignore SLT.
Problem now is, I’ve tried like 5-6 different online translators, and all of them translate “ЗОВУТ” to “name is”, so do You know some useful sites or dictonaries for “SLT-Translations”?
Thanks in advance, and thanks for all Your free stuff.
Hi SNow Bro,
I dont know of any other courses or resources that give the Super Literal Translation. It’s a lot of work, sometimes, digging down to the core meaning and often takes a close look at the root and/or origin of the word. It’s eaier for lazy teachers and ourse makers to simply give the equivalent. (And again, “My name is…” is indeed the English **equivalent** of Меня зовут…
“im pleasing the pizza” cracked me up oh my god
Yeah…I admit, I cracked a smile writing it, too. 🙂
Thank you so much for this absolutely amazing tutorial of SLT!
My pleasure. And thank you for your enthusiasm! 🙂
Interesting because literal translation is the opposite of what most teachers say
SLT is absolutely vital. If you don’t know exactly what you’re saying, you have no real ability to use any of those words in other contexts.
Hello Mark ,
I found your podcast and listen to them every single day. Totally loved it.
It’s easy and really effective lessons. I didnt fell like I am learning but communicatting instead.
Thank you so much for making such wonderful materials.
So glad you enjoyed the podcasts. Maybe we’ll see you in R.A.!
This course and this video in particular had me speaking in Russian better than I have in the 2 years I have studied it on other language courses. My wife is from Kazakhstan, and speaks it fluently yet always had a hard time understanding my Russian. Once I realized how wrong my approach was, we are speaking Russian almost exclusively in our household, and our child is even picking up quite a bit! Thank you, Mark you made my life so much better.
Thanks so much for the comment. It’s amazing what a difference the right approach can make, isn’t it?
Keep up the great work!
I have been learning a few languages on my own, and I guess I was somewhat figuring out the concept of SLT, but I really want to thank you for creating this video. I believe thinking in the language itself is really important for becoming fluently and instead of my usual goal being thinking in a foreign language I will start thinking in Russian right from the beginning.
In the first year of middle school I already learned a bit of Russian, and listening to the first two episodes really made all the words come back from deep down my memory. I kept my Cyrillic up-to-date through the years, so I see nothing to do but being overwhelmed by your great course!
Greatings from The Netherlands
Super Literal Translations all the way!!!
I find myself always dissecting the new words I learn in a phrase because oftentimes the translation is not literal, what a big fail from the part of the teachers! Bravo for making this video, more students need to know about this!
Thanks! SLT rules! 🙂