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  • Hey everybody.

  • This is our two-week update, and Lauren is gonna tell us

  • what her strategy is to reach a conversational level of Russian

  • in three months.

  • Let's check it out.

  • So, to start my project, I decided to stop thinking about my long-term language goals

  • and instead to break my goal into smaller pieces.

  • So even though my end goal is to reach a B1 level in Russian in 3 months,

  • right now I'm totally focused on reaching an A1 level which is a lot easier to get.

  • And what is an A1 level?

  • Someone on an A1 level can understand and use familiar everyday expressions

  • and very basic phrases aimed to satisfy needs of a concrete type.

  • They can introduce themselves, and they can ask and answer questions

  • about personal details such as where they live, people they know, things they have.

  • So being able to introduce myself and ask and answer very specific questions

  • has been the focus for my last two weeks, and it's really helped me to prepare

  • for my Skype conversations with my teachers in a much more focused way.

  • I think if I can reach the A1 level really solidly by the end of month one,

  • then I'll be in a really good shape.

  • And I think I may even be able to reach it sooner.

  • So, should we take a look at some of your first few attempts at speaking?

  • Sure.

  • Okay. I'm nervous.

  • Nothing to be nervous about. How do you say "Hello"?

  • [In Russian] Hello.

  • [In English] That's how you've got to start.

  • [In Russian] Hello.

  • Hello. How do you do?

  • Uhm... Eh...

  • Hold on.

  • Good afternoon!

  • Good afternoon.

  • How do you do?

  • I'm fine, thanks. How do you do?

  • I'm fine as well. Thanks.

  • Today... Today I'm fee... I'm feeling...

  • Hello.

  • How do you do?

  • Doing well. You?

  • Doing well, thanks. My name is Lisa.

  • Lisa.

  • Lisa.

  • Lauren here.

  • Nice to meet you, Lauren.

  • Likewise.

  • You speak Russian well.

  • Please speak slower.

  • You speak Russian well.

  • Speak... speak...

  • [In English] You speak Russian well.

  • [In Russian] No.

  • Okay. Have a nice evening. [In English] Have a nice evening.

  • [In Russian] Have a nice evening.

  • Likewise.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you. Bye-bye.

  • Bye-bye.

  • [In English] I think you did great. How do you think you did?

  • I was going through sort of a Groundhog Day experience,

  • where I say the same thing over and over again during each conversation,

  • and then after a while I'll know exactly what's going on.

  • So it's really helped me to nail down my introductions,

  • and I feel like even though I do know

  • all of my introductory phrases in Russian at this point,

  • every time I get in front of a teacher, my mind goes blank all of a sudden.

  • So I'm going to try to get over that.

  • Okay, and what's next on the agenda?

  • For my next two-week update, at the end of month one,

  • I want to be able to have spontaneous introductions with my teachers

  • that can last for like 10 minutes without me having to struggle too much.

  • All right. In that case we will see you guys in about two weeks.

  • Looking forward to it.

  • [In Russian] Bye-bye.

Hey everybody.

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Russian in 3 Months: Lauren's week 2 update

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    Andy Lai posted on 2015/07/23
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