Myths vs Reality

How often do you come across myths? I’m not talking about ancient stories that explain unfamiliar natural phenomena or teach us something — for example, the ancient Greek myths of Prometheus, Heracles or Perseus. Rather, I’m talking about fancies that generate dubious notions of any activity without their confirmation in practice — for instance, myths concerning what helps children to learn Russian quicker.

In life, I often encounter different parents’ views that I’d like to comment on and dispel from the perspective of teaching experience. In the article, I consider the four most widespread myths.

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Please join us

If you feel comfortable enough to join online meeting held in Russian please come to our workshop on teaching Russian for children.

All the speakers are amazing! All of them have a lot to say about teaching Russian for kids.

The meetings are free of charge, if you want a recording, you may buy it later for a reasonable price. Please register here

As for me, I will speak there about comic books during Russian lessons. Come to join us!

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NEWs & ADs – May 2022

*** If you want me to judge your Olympiad of Russian language, contact me by email Please, do it in advance so that I can plan ahead, and attend your event.

*** The list of countries with free shipping extended on Now we deliver books for free over the US and the countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Russian Instructions: Why the Future is Looking Bright

Over the past few years of teaching Russian as a foreign language, there was a breakthrough that impacted both approach to teaching Russian and attitude toward the language in general.

Could it be considered a revolution? You will know the answer later. Meanwhile, I suggest you take it slowly and remember what has happened in the teaching of Russian as a foreign language over the last six years.

Why do I say over the last six years? That is how many years old my Soroka course turned in 2022. The first course appeared in February of 2016 and students are still loving it.

What has changed over the six years?

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Tests for Soroka course

Tests for Soroka course

What are they for?

The exercises from these tests can be used as: tests, additional exercises, and an entry test. If you have doubts about which level to start with — Soroka 1 or Soroka 2 — please do all of these tests first, and this will help you to determine the level.

Exactly the same tests in their entirety are at the very end of the Soroka Teacher’s Book. So, if you already purchased the Teacher’s Book, you already have these tests. You don’t need to buy this file.

These are the links to the files:

Soroka 1 test
Soroka 2 test
Soroka 3 test

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Learn by Teaching

The question of what qualifications a teacher should have is not an idle question. I previously wrote about our teachers and people with different backgrounds who also teach Russian as a foreign language. There are both professors and people who know language more or less. How do I feel about that?

Let’s begin with a story that took place 100 years ago in Hungary. A young girl who was a graduate chemist couldn’t find a job. Quote:

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Learning the Rules by Derivation

I frequently give my students the opportunity to derive rules by themselves. I write about it in the Teacher’s Book, as well. Why am I doing it? How does it help us in studying Russian as a foreign language in the Soroka course? Let’s figure it out.

First, I would like for you to look in the Teacher’s Book and see what I am talking about.

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