Before talking about how to quickly pick-up a new language, it would behoove us to understand how to not undertake Russian language studies. Here’s a quick list of DONT’S, offered by, as they apply to how to wanting to become a Russian speaker faster than usual:

DON’T try to learn too much, too soon. Words and phrases will inevitably get mixed up. When it comes to language, cramming does not work. Instead, start with a few easy but all-purpose action phrases.

DON’T get bogged down trying to perfect your pronunciation. The only thing that matters is that native speakers understand you. You can spend years trying to “perfect” the pronunciation of a single word, whereas you should have spent that time adding new words to your working vocabulary. And besides, your pronunciation will improve as you have more and more contact with Russian speakers.

DON’T put all your eggs in one basket, meaning: Use a variety of courses and materials to find which method works best. This is extremely important because it can literally mean the difference between you becoming a speaker of Russian, or quitting altogether. Unfortunately, some of the “big name” courses do not teach Russian well, and are truly beneficial only to advanced students who already understand the complications of Russian grammar, and have a large working vocabulary.

DON’T get discouraged. Sure, Russian can be confusing at times, but there are clear, underlying principles in how all the bizarre grammar fits together. These rules will unfold clearly over time. Just do your best, and realize that native speakers will understand you regardless.

DON’T go in with unrealistic expectations. You’re not going to become a Russian speaker overnight. Realistically, you can become conversational in a few months if you use the right course and study the right way.

And a piece of advice from BM Linguistics: DON’T go on your own – a good company can boost the process. Communication with people is the magic factor that makes you develop your speaking skills at a fantastic speed!

We can offer guidance, result and fun: our Russian language courses will not bring you to proficiency VERY fast (not within a week or two!) but steadily you will feel more and more confident about your being a speaker of this wonderful language.