Entries by Elvira N

BIGGEST OBSTACLES AND DIFFERENT MENTALITY IN LEARNING RUSSIAN

ust over 6 months ago I started a new exciting job as a Language Training Account Manager for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is being organised via Language Services Direct, which is a fun organisation to work for and where I’ve recently been interviewed by one of my colleagues. We’ve discussed language learning related […]

IT REALLY IS ABOUT GOOD BALANCE

пока ещё не писала здесь по-русски, но в сфере недавних довольно частых бесед с одним из моих весьма способных русских студентов я решила сделать исключение. Ведь многим не хватает именно практики настоящей речи, отличной от внимательно подобранного материала в учебных пособиях. Надеюсь, этот пост будет одним из них, и вы узнаете из него что-то новое […]

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT, BUT NOT THE LANGUAGE LEARNER!

ats and so many other animals  have been in the centre of attention of every learner of English idioms; Russians equally laud and condemn these fantastic creatures in set expressions, which we call фразеологизмы. It’s not always an easy task to pick out the most frequently used and most appropriate expressions as the choice is […]

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN IN 10 WEEKS

n Wednesday I finished a Russian Beginner group course at one of the language schools in Central London. I taught 20 hours of Russian in 10 weeks or, in fact 12, due to irksome tube strikes that took place throughout the summer.  It was a nicely paced bittersweet leaning experience, where my students got to […]

TEACH TO LEARN

Treats and tricks of the Russian alphabet. ave I ever mentioned that teaching is a counterpart of learning most of the times? Not only do you (as a teacher) come across a rainbow of personalities and backgrounds, which is remarkable on its own, but also learn a whole lot of new creative approaches to interpreting […]

TO BE’ OR NO ‘TO BE’

was teaching for Expedia the other day… A complete beginner group comprising a lovely multicultural bunch with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and adorably humorous attitude to learning something utterly different to what they do in their job. Talking about jobs…

FORGET YOUR MOTHER TONGUE

’ve not always had a passion for teaching – this somehow gradually came out as a result of my interest in and understanding of languages – and by ‘understanding’ I don’t only mean the ability to learn. This is more to do with the skill of isolating your mind from your mother tongue and learning […]