A fortnight ago, I encountered a friend of mine. He asked me if I knew a really good teacher of Russian. I inquired what the matter was. And he explained that he learned Russian about two years ago, but his teacher happened to be a rogue. He told then he remembered only several orthography rules, perhaps several Russian words about which he wasn’t sure. Therefore, he looked for someone decent who would really teach him Russian.
I pointed out that his teacher was good since he remembered something after a long period of time. He received from me several phone numbers of Russian language teachers and we parted.
Yesterday, I received the message via the Internet from one of my Russian friends. He reported me about the release of the „Via Songs to Russian“ software. He was among the software developers. Really, I was very interested in this software. At present, this software uses the three song books, which are teaching materials. Each book comprises the five song themes, i.e. the teaching materials contain the 15 song themes.
Hereinafter I quote from our exchange of messages in form of questions and answers.
Why do you present the 15 song themes, why not 10 ones, or 20?
Actually, authors’ choice fluctuated between 9 and 20 song themes. But after long consultations and meditations, authors decided to choose the 15 song themes. Practical observations of foreign students learning Russian resulted in the fact that the 15 song themes (of „average difficultness“) can be studied by the „average“ student (who has no special training for it) during 2 or 3 months of regular learning.
The 15 songs comprise a rather heavy amount of lexicon, grammar, phonetics and many other useful things for studying Russian. If you have supposedly learned all song themes, then I want to say for sure, that such a result is very impressive.
How have you chosen those specific 15 songs?
For this purpose several criteria were developed. Here are some of them:
For example, each data record of any database has the unique numerical identifier. The unique identifier allows finding the information within a big database. Drawing an analogy with a database, it is possible to say that the uniqueness of a melody, story, song imageries and emotions can help you to retrieve from your memory the song text (lyrics) without delay.
What is the effective way of song memorization?
A person memorization is highly dependent on ability to involve his (or her) nervous system. The more areas of nervous system are involved, the better each person memorizes the information and it is a well-known fact! From this fact you can easily conclude that for effective memorization you need to like the song! You need to understand song imageries and to be ready to empathize with the story of a song and its imageries.
This problem is rather difficult, but it is very interesting! I can say for sure that you can overcome this problem with the help of the software means! From the moment when you begin to understand and perceive Russian songs, I can state without any exaggeration that you begin to think in Russian!
Can you present any proposal on how to learn songs of this software?
The teaching material consists of three well-balanced song sets (they are called Books). If you prefer some Book, listen to each song of this Book at least one time. If any specific song is preferable for you, begin to study this song. For the beginners of learning Russian, I can recommend the following three songs:
I want to point out that the "Penguins" song is like a test on understanding quick Russian pronunciation, and I can recommend this song to advanced learners.
Perhaps I can anticipate your next question. What does it mean: „the learning of a song“?
Well, this is a procedure and I can recommend the next steps for learning songs:
After the above procedure, you can have good memorization of lyrics and of a song melody. Also, you can have the initial understanding of each song sentence and each song word. Detailed understanding and emotions will come to you later with getting some experience in Russian.
And the following question is the last one, which, I reckon, is most important:
What should I do to maintain my knowledge and skills?
Later on, you need periodically to listen to the studied songs and to sing those songs for the reinforcement of the learned information. Actually such listening and singing is equivalent to immersing into the Russian language environment, since your native language is not to be involved. Even after a long period of time you can recollect all songs and notice that your understanding of those songs has improved.
Remember, that everything you do — you should do with pleasure and interest. This is a necessary condition which can help you to reach the highest results!
And I can guarantee that the time, during which you will be using this software, can not be gone in vain.
P. S. Now I want to phone my friend who is going to learn Russian and recommend him this software. Using this software, he can obtain a long-term result in studying Russian. And I can recommend everybody else this software. This is a sensible advice to those who are going to learn Russian and who are not going to lose their knowledge and skill!