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Whether you are a Russian major at the University of Wisconsin or a high school freshman at West High School, Varsity Tutors can enroll you in a Madison Russian class to help you learn Russian. Russian is spoken by over 265 million people worldwide and is an official language of the United Nations, so those wishing to travel abroad or study international relations could benefit from knowing how to speak Russian. It can be challenging to learn a new language, especially when you are balancing a busy class schedule, a part-time job, and extracurricular involvements. Varsity Tutors offers online classes at a variety of times, making it easy to learn Russian on your own time.

What can I learn in a Madison Russian course?

Russian is a very different language than English, so it can be both challenging and exciting to learn. On the most basic level, Russian uses an entirely different alphabet, unlike German or Latin, for example, which share the majority of letters with English. The Russian alphabet, also referred to as the Cyrillic alphabet, contains 32 letters and an additional soft sign. Unlike English, many Russian words are spelled according to their pronunciations, so almost all words can be "sounded out" from their written forms. This can make learning the Russian accent and pronunciations easier.

In addition to spelling and pronunciation, students in a Madison Russian class may also learn to assign genders, numbers, and cases to nouns. This is another major difference between English and Russian. Where English uses the order of words to determine the meaning of a sentence, Russian uses conjugations of case, number, and gender. For example, saying, "Those boys are passing the ball" has a different meaning than "The ball is passing those boys," due to changes in the word order. Properly translating the conjugation of nouns is central to speaking and translating Russian, whereas placing words in the correct order is less important.

Once students cover the basics of spelling, pronunciation, and translating sentences, instructors may have students read Russian literature to test their knowledge. Russia has been home to many great authors throughout its long history. Writers such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, for example, are all of Russian descent and wrote their most famous works in Russian. While English versions of these texts are available now, the meaning and musicality of language is often lost in translation. As you learn in a Madison Russian class, you will work toward the ability to read Russian literature in its original, intended form.

How do I learn in a Madison Russian class?

All Madison Russian classes are taught completely online. Online classes combine features of traditional and online classrooms into the Live Learning Platform, accommodating students of all learning styles and skill levels. The Live Learning Platform allows students to converse, ask questions, and test their knowledge of Russian with one another. Students will benefit from working with others in this collaborative environment. Aside from learning from one another, all classes are taught by expert instructors who are enthusiastic about teaching Russian. Students can always see the instructor, even in the virtual classroom, by way of video chat, and a digital whiteboard makes note-taking easy. By combining the best features of technology and traditional classrooms, online classes can make learning Russian engaging for students.

If you are a student who benefits from more personalized attention, you also have the option to request an individual meeting with your instructor. Set up a time that works for your schedule, then use this virtual conference to ask questions, review challenging concepts, or check in on your progress in the course. Instructors are experts at speaking, reading, translating, and teaching Russian, making them eager to work with students who desire extra assistance. This is another benefit of a Madison Russian course; in a large lecture course at the University of Wisconsin, for example, you may not have the option to get individual attention from your instructor, but an online Madison Russian course can provide you with the support you need to successfully learn Russian.

How do I sign up for a Madison Russian course?

Varsity Tutors can enroll students in a Madison Russian course that fits their schedule. Online courses allow students to work from any location with an internet connection: your living room, local library, or favorite smoothie shop can be a classroom. Courses are offered in two-week and four-week increments, and new courses begin each month. This means that no matter when you enroll, you'll never have to wait long to start learning Russian. Evening, weekday, and weekend classes are offered, so even the busiest students can work Russian learning into their schedule. Reach out to Varsity Tutors today to get started in a Madison Russian course!

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