How to teach kids Russian

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It’s extremely important that kids have motivation to learn Russian. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think.You can simply do the following


Offer them rewards for learning extra words or phrases (e.g. , a chocolate bar from Russia, a trip to a Russian restaurant, or his/her favorite place, such as an amusement park)


Especially for small children, including infants and toddlers, surprises are proven to increase motivation. If you play games like peekaboo (for babies) your child will be able to keep paying attention to the program.


Playing games like hide and seek by counting in Russian or a cardboard game will do the trick.

Keep it short and simple

Not only adults but also children automatically lose interest if what they are asked to do is difficult. When you ask them to learn only a few Russian words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Russian.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice makes it perfect the old saying goes. If your child has no opportunity to practice what he/she learned, you can make sure that all the efforts are in vain.

-Test & quiz

You can speak to your child in Russian if you know how to speak Russian. If you don’t know how to speak Russian, you can still ask questions like “what is “this” in Russian?” by showing an object. If you know a few words in Russian, you can show him/her 2 objects and ask “which one is “…”?” Kids love drawing things, you can also play with your children and ask them to draw objects by calling object names in Russian, e.g. “can you draw me a …?”

-Talking with native speakers.

Another way of practicing Russian is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers of Russian. It would also be a fun family activity to visit a place where Russian is spoken such as a Russian restaurant, Russian supermarket, Russian culture center, Russian temple, Russian school, Russian community center etc.

-Flash cards

Flash cards might sound like an old school method but they are effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, how flash cards work is very simple: they create object-sign associations in your childs brain after a short period of exposure. You can use Dino Lingo Russian Flash cards or make your own and practice with your child. If you are wondering about how to use Russian flash cards you can check out our blog post about Glenn Doman.

-Songs & Cartoons

Dino Lingo Russian is a perfect combination of songs and cartoons. You can also find tons of Russian songs and cartoons available online. It is also not a bad idea to buy some Russian  children’s song cd and play it in the car or at home as background music. Studies have shown that even background TV can increase children’s vocabulary.

-Children’s Stories

If your child knows some Russian, you can purchase Russian story books on the internet. If he/she doesn’t know how to speak Russian, you can read fairy tales by replacing some words with Russian words.

Let them watch Dino Lingo Russian videos regularly and play Dino Lingo Russian language online games.Visit places where Russian is spoken such as Russian restaurants, Russian supermarkets, Russian culture centers, Russian temples, Russian schools, Russian community centers.Play with fun educational stuff like Russian jigsaw puzzles and Russian toys. Don’t forget the posters (Russian alphabet, sight words, Russian flag).Interact with other kids who can speak Russian or studying together with someone with whom they can practice Russian.

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