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emmaallen
07-08-2008, 20:46
Sorry for invading your space, Teachers, but I have a question....

We've just arrived in Moscow and I want to really learn Russian. We will probably be here for 3+ years, I have a languages degree and am serious about learning the language properly...grammar and all.
It has been suggested to me that it'll be hard to find a tutor who will take me seriously because it's generally assumed that expat wives just want to chat over a cup of tea when the Husband's company is paying for the lessons!!
Is this true IYHO??
Would I be better going to a language school??

Thanks in advance!
Emma

Bels
07-08-2008, 20:55
Not at all, and far from it. I teach Russian women married to Russian professional husbands. And believe me they want to learn English for their own reasons, and they are my best students. They are good, in fact better than any man. Go for it!, and you will learn if you have a good teacher.


Sorry for invading your space, Teachers, but I have a question....

We've just arrived in Moscow and I want to really learn Russian. We will probably be here for 3+ years, I have a languages degree and am serious about learning the language properly...grammar and all.
It has been suggested to me that it'll be hard to find a tutor who will take me seriously because it's generally assumed that expat wives just want to chat over a cup of tea when the Husband's company is paying for the lessons!!
Is this true IYHO??
Would I be better going to a language school??

Thanks in advance!
Emma

nyinrussia
08-08-2008, 11:26
I am and know of several "expat" wives taking Russian lessons. Although technically my husband is Russian so you could say my learning Russian is necessary for daily survival with my inherited Russian family. Just a little bit about my background I am NYS certified Elementary, Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist.

Now to answer your question if your husband's company is paying for it then they usually have a coordinator that will ask what your preferences are private tutor session, group tutor session, your expectations. Then they will find you a tutor to match. My tutor is a professor at a local university we have been having sessions for 2 hours twice a week for about a year now and I am perfectly happy with my progress.

If your husband's company wants you to find your own tutor then I would reccomend that you go to a tutor of someone you know. Also I can reccomend my tutor if you want just pm me and I will give you her cell number to call.