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Transliteration
ElenaDate: Friday, 2010-03-12, 9:45 PM | Message # 1
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Уважаемая Наташа, здравствуйте!

I have a question for you.
What is your opinion about whether it is useful to teach the kids reading Russian words by using transliteration. E.g. [sa-BAH - ka] instead of "собака". I am trying to use the transliteration and I noticed it is quite confusing for them because they tend to use the English rules of reading and it does not always work right in reading Russian words. Or, may be I should teach them reading Russian words using English letters together with reading the words using Russian letters.

Thank you.

NatashaDate: Friday, 2010-03-12, 9:55 PM | Message # 2
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My opinion about transliteration:

Using Russian letters from the very beginning makes the learning process a little bit more challenging, but later on it will give a student a big advantage.

a) First of all, we can find similar corresponding sounds in English, but they are not exactly the same. So, it is better to build up a new block in a student's brain rather than to connect to something they have in their head. (It is from neuro-linguistic programming, and it’s a long talk)

b) Second, you should separate Russian from English in the very beginning, so the student will not translate all the time and will start thinking in Russian earlier.

c) Sometimes I use transliteration, when the students do not get the sound. So I write it on the board, ask them to repeat after me. When they get the correct sound, I erase it from the board and then write in Russian. My task is to connect Russian sound to the Russian writing. smile

ElenaDate: Friday, 2010-03-12, 10:04 PM | Message # 3
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Dear Natasha,
thank you very much for your response. It is very prompt and very-very valuable, especially the thought about separation English from Russian and building up another block in a student brain. biggrin
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