Learning a language is a long journey.
The students always ask me how to make the process of learning Russian quicker, what are the special techniques? There are different techniques that you can apply when studying, but the most important thing is to be involved in the learning process as much as possible.
There is a great Chinese proverb: Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. When you are involved into something all your human senses are working: hearing, vision, feeling, touch, smell, tasting, etc.
People have different learning styles: some are visual learners, who prefer using images, some are logical – they need structure and rules, some are social – they learn better in groups or with other people. Try to find what works for you. May be it is not one thing – usually several things work for the particular person.
Here are some simple things you can do in order to make yourself involved more into learning process.
1. Use flash cards with colors (highlight the particular word that is tricky for you) for the words and phrases. I would recommend writing down phrases, because it is always easier to memorize something meaningful.
2. Put those cards in different places: on the desk, in your purse, on the refrigerator. Read them if you have chance and are in the mood. Repetition creates mastery.
3. Try to apply the language whenever you have the opportunity: probably you have a Russian friend or you just met some Russian person. Say something to him/her (even simple greeting). It is exciting and you will have an experience that will motivate you furthermore, because usually it brings up a good emotion.
4. Find on Y-Tube a Russian cartoon and watch it. Cartoons usually have very simple language and most of the time there is more motion than conversation. You can always pause and replay it.
Enjoy your learning and stay positive!