How long, on average, does it take students to complete the Beginner Russian Course? (I feel it takes me a long time to go through each lesson, and I tend to easily forget what I learned in previous lessons - which is discouraging. Thank you (Spasiba).
Average length of time - Beginner Russian Course
September 1, 2021
September 3, 2021
On average, it takes around 2 - 3 months to complete the level 1, assuming you study everyday, between 30 to 40 minutes.
Learning a language varies for each student and we all have a different pace of learning, based on skills, time availability, how close the target language is compared to your native language, etc.
If you feel you're getting stuck, you can try a different approach, you can try taking an audio lesson, along with the grammar lessons, or start first with the Writing ones; you could also break the lesson down into smaller chunks and move on once you feel you have understood most of the section. You can leave notes in the lesson to highlight what the problem is or a concept you'd like to reinforce. You can also save the words/phrases that are giving trouble and you can then print them or create a Custom Flashcard set so you can practice them.
Retention is mainly achieved through repetition and making the language a part of your daily routine, so you can also use other resources to help you retain vocab by listening to music, or reading short stories; you can also choose a "word for the day" / "word of the week" where you can look up the word and see examples of when it is used and try to repeat it yourself, for that whole week, so it is easier for you to associate the word/phrase and a memory associated with it.
September 3, 2021
Thank you very much for your kind and thoughtful reply with all the wonderful advice you shared. I deeply appreciate it and will to follow your suggestions.