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By using our interactive website along with the textbook Beginnerís Russian by Anna Kudyma, Frank Miller, Olga Kagan for which it is intended, you will quickly and easily master the fundamentals of Russian.
Additional interactive materials for each chapter, including online flashcards, by Don Livingston (Arizona State University) are at†Beginner's Russian, supplementary materials
Each chapter on the website contains: †
- Keys to the exercises in Beginner's Russian.
- Grammar and Oral Study Guides.
- Video and audio clips for the exercises in Beginnerís Russian.
- A Grammar Podcast iTune U which will help you understand Russian grammar better.
- Videos demonstrating how to write Russian letters.
- Interactive written and oral exercises which help you master the material in each chapter. You will need a lot of practice in order to learn new words and expressions, master Russian grammar, and learn to read and write!!!† The interactive format of most of the exercises is ideally suited to this task.†
- Popular Russian songs and video clips as well as videos and photographs to acquaint you with the various cities and regions of Russia and with contemporary life in Russia.
How to complete the online interactive exercises
There are several types of exercises in each chapter.
- †Choosing the correct answer after listening to or reading the text. You will need QuickTime for all the audio clips, so make sure that your computer has it installed. If you do not have it installed you can download it here for free: http://quicktime.7-n0w.com/
- Typing the answer, after which you will immediately be presented with the correct answer. You can use the onscreen keyboard located below each exercise by simply clicking on the Russian letters.† Another way, one that is probably more convenient, would be to use the computer keyboard with a standard or phonetic Russian keyboard layout selected. †On this page (http://www.russian.ucla.edu/beginnersrussian/student/techhelp.htm) you will find all the information you need regarding how to type in Russian, a skill which is absolutely indispensable these days.† Of course, with your instructor's permission, you may print the exercise, write in the answers by hand, and then submit it to your instructor for correction.
- Completing matching exercises. These exercises will help you memorize new words and expressions.† They are often accompanied by audio clips. Be sure to listen to the new words being pronounced and repeat each one along with the speaker.
- Learn how to write in Russian by hand!† Although people are writing by hand less and less, you must be able to write in Russian by hand.† You should know how to write every new word that you learn; this will help you to better remember the word.† For this we suggest exercises which you must open in Acrobat, print out, and then copy all the words and expressions by hand a minimum of five times.† You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Each exercise should be repeated until you get 100%.† This gives you extra practice and helps you to master the material. Of course, you are free to do an exercise only once if you are satisfied with your results and are not striving for perfection.
- Recording. Some of the exercises on the website ask you to record yourself and send this recording to your instructor. It is important that you record yourself regularly, since you have to train yourself to read aloud, to answer questions, to talk about yourself, etc. You can use the following links to record yourself on line: 1) Recording; 2) Vocaroo. You can also use Audacity to record yourself on your computer. You can use other applications for recording yourself. The main thing is to send these recordings to your instructors in a form (application) accessible to them.