The Russian language is the 6th most spoken native language in the world. And I always had an interest to learn the Russian language. So, after my graduation, I decided to learn the Russian language. Many Russian learners have a query regarding how to improve their Russian writing skills. For this, I would suggest that they should follow some simple techniques to learn and improve their Russian writing skills. In this blog, I will discuss some techniques that will be beneficial for Russian language learners who are struggling with Russian writing skills.
Important things to know
First of all, I will give you an idea regarding the Russian alphabets
Many people feel that Russian is a difficult language as the Russians write differently! The Russians use Cyrillic alphabets for writing. The letters of the Cyrillic alphabet look different from the English letters. The Cyrillic alphabet is used by more than 50 languages globally, including the Russian language. This means the first step that you have to follow to learn Russian writing is Cyrillic. The Cyrillic alphabet has thirty-three letters, ten vowels, and twenty-one consonants, and there are two more that have no sound. It can be written in lowercase, capitals, and Cyrillic cursive. The vowels have five sounds and they are written with different letters depending on whether they follow a hard consonant or a soft consonant. The vowel indicates whether the preceding consonant is soft or hard. The main thing is learning Cyrillic is not always a cakewalk.
There are a few tricky things about the Russian scripts. Once we get familiar with this unknown script, then we can dive into the language and master the Russian writing skills. Here, I want to give you some advice about how you can overcome the difficulties of the Cyrillic script and improve your Russian writing skills.
You need to learn to produce the letters yourself
When you are learning foreign letters, you need to listen to the letters said aloud and write them down in your memory. This is a very tricky way to learn how to write Russian letters. You have to form the letters in your mind and write them without any reference set in front of you. This will surely improve your Russian writing skills.
Try to divide the letters and learn part by part
There are some letters that look familiar to English, they are A, O, Y, E, K, M, O, T. Start with these first as they are friendly letters, it will be easier for you to learn them first. Then move to the next set. This set of letters have sounds that are familiar to the English speakers but are represented by unfamiliar characters. These are Б, Г, Д, Ш, З, Ф, П, Л, Э, Ч, И and Ю. Once you learn these characters, they will also become familiar to you. Then come to the letters that both look and sound odd for the English speakers. The letters are Ё, Ж, Й, Щ, Ц, Я, Ь, Ъ, and Ы. You need to memorize these letters. Then learn the tricky letters. These are B, H, P, C, Y, X.
To learn the Russian letters, it will be really helpful if you become a kid again
To learn the Russian letters, try to follow the same way you did for learning the English letters. Pick up a children’s alphabet book, a children’s alphabet poster to learn the Russian alphabet and their pronunciations. Learn the Russian alphabet songs just like you did for English. This will work as a miracle and help you to learn the Russian alphabet easily. It is better to take the help of a professional tutor for learning the letters. It will become easier and less time-consuming for you to learn the Russian alphabet.
Learn Russian cursive as well as typing in Russian.
Till now the Russians use pens and pencils to write and they give a good amount of importance to the handwriting. Therefore you need to learn Russian cursive to improve your Russian writing skills. And side by side you also need to learn Russian typing as it is essential for business purposes, finding Russian videos and other content and keeping up correspondence globally.
Form basic words with the letters
Form basic words with the letters just like you did while learning English. It will become easier for you to get acquainted with the letters easily in this way.
You can practice writing by copying text from Russian books for more improvement
Russian words contain a combination of lots of hard consonant combinations and even letters that are very difficult to pronounce. You can copy text from Russian books, blogs, magazines, and other sources to familiarize yourself with proper Russian spelling.
The ultimate method of improvising your Russian writing skills lies in the effort you are giving towards practicing. You need to find out different and fun methods to practice and that is the key to master the skills.
I would advise you to take up a Russian language learning course where you will be guided in an organized manner to master Russian writing skills. You can check out Multibhashi’s online Russian language learning classes for an innovative experience in language learning from your comfort zone. All the best!