FAQ

Q: This software looks very attractive to me, but I have very poor vocal abilities. How can I overcome this problem?

A: The title of this software is "Via Songs to Russian", but this should not confuse you. This software is not at all targeted on the improvement of your vocal skills (though this software has some features for this purpose). The aim of the software is in strong memorization of great amount of Russian words and locutions, which you can find in any Russian song. If you learn Russian, this software is very useful for you and this fact does not depend on your level of proficiency in Russian, or the way (the course, the method and so on) in which you study Russian. Actually, it does no matter how good or poor your vocal abilities are for using the software.

Q: I study Russian and I would like to use the VSTR software. But as far as I could understand, the software has an English interface, but my English is very poor. Do you have Chinese version of this software?

A: Sorry, but the software has no interface other than the English one. But even if your English is poor, the software can be very useful to you. The main purpose of the software is to help you to immerse into Russian language environment. That is why; in several means of the software, the assistant (English) language was decreased to minimized usage. The software has a huge amount of Russian live sound and text. You can appreciate this fact using the software.

The interface of the software is very simple. You can easily perceive this interface using basic principles of the standard interface.
Several parts of the software have minimal English text, for example the Tutor subroutine is easily perceivable without any language. Meanwhile, the Tutor is a very effective tool for learning Russian and it may be considered as an independent software application.

However, download the trial version of the VStoR software and decide by yourself whether you would be able to use it, or not.

Q: I'm going to try to begin working on learning Russian. Can this software be helpful for me?

A: Even your simple memorization of Russian songs and your edutainment in the Tutor subroutine can greatly contribute to your fastest immersion into the Russian language. Your working with songs can really create your interest and skills for further studying of Russian grammar.

The software has a huge amount of teaching resources and materials, which in any case are very useful for you. Perhaps the best thing about this software is that everything you've studied – you may remember as long as you want. To make solid grounds for your well being and growth in learning Russian is perhaps your basic task at this moment. This software can help you in this work a great deal. Thereafter you can begin to learn any course of Russian, systematically arranging everything you've already studied in Russian. Psychologically, you have to be ready for this work by that time.

No matter how good you are in Russian, using this software you can improve your skills and knowledge as though you have personal contact with Russian-speaking friends.

Q: I need Russian for my work. Almost ten years ago I studied Russian in the Russian Federation. Nowadays, I continue to study Russian and I'm going to upgrade my skills in Russian. Would this software be useful for me, or this software is just for beginners?

A: The deepening of your understanding of Russian popular songs is a great way to update your skills. If you are advanced learner of Russian, your further reading of textbooks would have low expectations for good result. You should begin to scrutinize more closely than ever the Russian language.

In the VStoR software, you can use a very effective tool – the Linguistic Teaching Decomposition method. This method can help you to perceive shades and nuances of meaning that are expressed in Russian lyrics. Also, you can greatly enhance your practical vocabulary.

The note: "Practical" means your ability to use correctly some Russian locution in specific speech situations, instead of knowing this locution's translation in principle.

Q: I've heard the software has the dictionary with good live sound. May I use this dictionary as an application for the translation of Russian texts?

A: Unfortunately, the dictionary is of low use in your case. The dictionary has informative entries. It contains many examples, live sound and it has many other useful features, but this dictionary is strictly bounded to lyrics of songs. Therefore, the number of words is limited.

Q: Once, I tried to cope with some software of the Russian language. That software had a voice synthesizer. When I was asking some questions about the software, my teacher forbade me to use this software. He said: "Better no sound, than this one…" Now my main concern is the sound quality. I mean live sound.
I've read about the VSTR software. I see that there is a lot of sound in the software, but what about sound's quality: is it good enough?

A: Your teacher is absolutely correct! Learning pronunciation you need to listen only to the live sound.
In the VStoR software you can listen to voices of announcers. Each word, line, or sentence of lyrics can be uttered by male voice and by female voice as well. Of cause, you can listen to the voice of a singer. Such an approach helps to learn Russian phonetics a great deal.

We paid our special attention to the live sound in this software. In order to achieve the best perception and memorization of Russian pronunciation we used some methods of psychoacoustics. For this reason, we meaningly refused the record of professional announcers. Natural Russian pronunciation is our priority!

Q: I'm advanced learner, but often I'm confused about my Russian and therefore I hesitate to speak in Russian. Whether this software can help me?

A: If your problem originates from comparison of your colloquial Russian with the native speakers, the VStoR software has special features for improving your recognition and pronunciation.

For example, using software features of recording of your voice and playback of announcers' voices, you can compare your pronunciation with an announcers' pronunciation. You can correct your pronunciation using the
features of speech tempo regulation, and listening to the records of announcers' pronunciations (male
and female voice) which were recorded in different tempos. Multiple recording of your voice in different tempos, the comparison of your records with announcers' can help you to improve considerably your skills of recognition and pronunciation.

The procedure of your voice recording via your microphone can help you to cope with your emotions and significantly enhance the skills of speaking in Russian.
In due course your pronunciation may be greatly improved and enriched with new experience. By the way, the singing of songs helps to reach a correct pronunciation since to sing correctly is much easier. Your voice recognition, also, may be improved and your problem may be resolved per se. You will simply forget about it.

However, in case of a heavy psychological complex the software only can help you to take the first step in the right direction. To get rid of your problem would help you only constant personal contact with native speakers.

Q: I've already been studying Russian for 2 years. I've chosen the course of Russian and don't want to replace it with another. Can I use your software and change nothing in my studies?

A: The VStoR software was developed in such a way, that it doesn't contradict any course of Russian. Moreover, this software can help you to update any course of Russian with resources and materials, which are necessary for making self-confidence, communication skills and deep understanding.

Whatever the Russian course which you study, you always need to enlarge your active vocabulary. You also need strong memorization of words and locutions. You have to work on improvement in the skills of your pronunciation, voice recognition and the recognition of Russian locutions. And always you want to learn comfortably and effectively. All of enumerated above needs can be fulfilled using the features of the VStoR software.

The memorization by means of songs is a separate subject for talk. If you can tell me, how to remember the information more effectively, I would be grateful to you. But the memorization via songs is not only the most effective way of memorization; this way has a great persistence and easy regeneration. That is why; the more songs you know, the more active lexicon you have. Notice, active, instead of passive!

In the software there are special features for the improvement of your pronunciation. But working to improve your pronunciation with the help of the software, you are resolving the integrated task: you make your lexicon to be active, improve your pronunciation of locutions, and acquire the correct rhythm and intonation of the language at the same time. The melody of the Russian language is in songs and to sing correctly is easier, than incorrectly.

The software has resources for considerable improvement of skills in the recognition of Russian. For example, there are the two voices of announcers - male and female voice. The voices were recorded with different tempo of speech and also the software has resources in which you can change the speed of an utterance. Each line of lyrics, each sentence of lyrics is voiced by these announcers. You can record your voice to listen to your own pronunciation and to compare with the announcers' voices.
Besides, the Tutor subroutine helps to improve not only memorization skills and spelling of words, but also you can considerably improve the speech recognition accuracy during your edutainment.

And, perhaps, the most important thing about this software: very soon you can begin to perceive songs, not using the assistant (English) language. It means, perceiving songs directly, you begin to immerse into the Russian language environment.

All software features will help you considerably to begin to communicate in Russian.
Therefore the VStoR software is rather a necessary complement to any course of the Russian language, which can help you (amazingly!) to begin talking in Russian even if you are far away from Russia.

Q: As far as I know, you recommend this software for beginners as well as advanced learners. Now what about professionals? If your answer is positive, I have the following opinion about this software: if a software is recommended for everyone - I guess it really is to be recommended for no-one. What do you reckon about this?

A: Of course your opinion is quite correct, if you mean the texts, specifically written for the mastering of a foreign language, i.e. the texts, which are targeted for definite levels of proficiency. To create the text simultaneously targeted for several levels of proficiency is extremely difficult (or even not possible at all). Please note that this is a problem of "teaching" texts.

But if you begin to use songs for teaching purposes, the situation is absolutely different. What are the main problems of beginners, which can be resolved using songs? Well, songs can help to resolve the problem of creating a lexicon and its application, problems with pronunciation, and recognition of foreign words and locutions.

The advanced learners have pressing questions of broadening their lexicon, mastering the correct use of locutions in specific situations, mastering pronunciation skills and speech recognition; they need to be immersed into the foreign language environment. These and other related questions can be resolved using songs..

I feel it is interesting to scrutinize such features of a song, as figurative language expressions and poetic "imageries". If you never analyzed songs, try to analyze figurative locutions and tropes and their meanings in a specific song. Try to understand, why an author used these expressions. You can quickly understand how interesting and difficult this study is. I suppose that many professionals may be interested in this.

However, for turning a genuine song into the teaching material you have to do a lot of work for beginners and for advanced learners. In order to not to disillusion professionals, you have to develop your own approach to the song as a new concept. We have developed an informational model of the song and we perceive the song as means for information coding. Nowadays, we develop series of articles about our approach and the software. I guess you may find many important topics in our articles