Как дела?

Puzzled by the Cyrillic alphabet? I used to. This short sentence means ‘How are you?’ in Russian and it is pronounced ‘kak delà’.

I have just started a Russian course and this is one of the first sentences we learnt. What I would like to do in this post is to share my beginner’s experience with you and write down a couple of tips both for me and other people who might want to start a Russian language course. If you have any useful advice, please share them here, it would be great!

Anyway, here they are:

– For the first two classes I was not feeling very confident with the alphabet. I believe this comes from the fact that the languages I have learnt so far (English, German and French) all share the Latin alphabet. However, do not give up! I read aloud the few words and sentenced I had learnt over and over, as well as tried to write them down to familiarize with small and big caps.

– Even though Russian is a Slavic language, try to find the similarities with other languages you know to help you memorize words. A good one is стул (‘stool’, a chair), which really sounds like its German counterpart Stuhl (‘shtool’). I hope I’ll find some more in the next weeks.

– More tips to come!

Finally, I have seen that the internet offers quite a lot of websites English-Russian for learners, but not many with the language combination Italian-Russian. Wikibooks offers a free online language course, which I think focuses a lot on grammar, but lacks audio material and vocab. As soon as my language skills improve, I will look for more websites, maybe with more Cyrillic characters in them!

всего хорошего! All the best!

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About Chiara Vecchi

A blogging translator working from English and German into Italian. You are more than welcome to visit my blog https://squirreltranslations.wordpress.com!
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2 Responses to Как дела?

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