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Filling In The Gaps Left By Traditional Instruction: Russian

Chris Elko


I’m a college student with a double major; it’s safe to say I don’t have much free time for additional “learning” during the semester. So here’s my deal: I wanted to learn a completely new language. It had to be from an unfamiliar language family and culture, have a different script, different phonology etc. All in all, it had to be different but accessible. My new language had to also be something I could study in college, or else I would have very little time to invest in it.

I chose Russian and have no regrets. With the cyrillic script, verbal aspect, hard and soft consonants and complete sentences consisting of merely an adverb and a predicate adjective, I found my challenge and fun.

There was, however, one problem - College Russian moved painfully very slowly. My university course seemed to tackle the peculiarities of the Russian language by breaking it down into an endless series of grammatical rules and treating it like mathematics. Even with a native instructor I didn’t feel like I was learning authentic Russian. That’s when I bought Glossika. As a student I already spend at least an hour every day walking around campus. That hour of wasted time has been converted into the most effective language learning of the day: internalizing the Russian language by simply listening. Complicating structures cannot be learned solely by memorizing rules in a classroom - it doesn’t stick! Glossika exposes me to new structures and repeats them until I know them by heart. Then when it comes time to go to class and learn the grammar behind the sentences I already have a deep-rooted intuition that other students lack.

After a few months I had reached a level far beyond my fellow classmates and found myself speaking much more spontaneously. Glossika had originally seemed like a huge time commitment that I could not possibly fulfill while keeping up with courses, but even the intensive 90 minute per day schedule fits easily into my life since most of that time is spent walking anyway. I highly recommend Glossika to serious language learning students as a supplement to classroom studies. This is the best way to internalize the language when living in the target language’s country is not an option.

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