Anzela S. Uni Admissions Test Russian tutor

Anzela S.

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Degree: Anthropology and Psychology (Bachelors) - Durham University

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I am currently a mature student in Durham University. Previously I have worked as a translator and as a teacher. I have experience in teaching foreign and adult students, planning curriculum and organising classroom activities. In addition, I am a native speaker which in my experience this has given students a great advantage in understanding the language and its culture, as well as perfecting their oral skills. Currently I am tutoring University students taking Russian Language, Russian History and Literature modules. I created lesson plans to assist them with their university courses, exam preparation and provided guidance on other related topics of interest. All my students have received over 70% in their Russian Language examinations. 

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"Anzela was an incredible resource for learning Russian this year. She is passionate, flexible, and always prepared. She was a patient and understanding tutor, always willing to find new ways to explain difficult concepts, and willing to spend time on problem areas. She has a good sense of what individual students need help with, and would adjust lesson plans accordingly, along with accommodating for lecture plans and my busy schedule. She was always incredibly prepared, developing exercises and finding new resources for me, putting significant amounts of time into lesson plans. A session with Angela was always time well spent. Anzela clearly has a passion for Russian tutoring, combined with the gift of excellent teaching skills. Directly due to her help I achieved a first in my Russian course this year."

All together, I am eager to help anyone who wants to learn a foreign language.

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How do the endings change depening on the gender in Russian nouns?

In Russian nouns have three gender groups- masculine, feminine or neuter. Depending on the gender the endings of the nouns change. Knowing the gender is especially useful when it comes to learning cases and how nouns change accordingly.  Determining gender might be tricky, the obvious ones are...

In Russian nouns have three gender groups- masculine, feminine or neuter. Depending on the gender the endings of the nouns change. Knowing the gender is especially useful when it comes to learning cases and how nouns change accordingly.  Determining gender might be tricky, the obvious ones are for people, like, муж –  husdband, жена –  wife, сын –  son, дочь –  daughter. However, after that it gets harder. Both nouns for living and non-living objects can be masculine, feminine or neuter for example карандашь –  pensil, ручка – pen, сердце –  heart. Sometimes there it is hard to understand the logic of why certain nouns are allocated to their group. For example Земля – Earth is female but Солнце – Sun is neuter.  The easiest way to determine the gender is according to its endings.

Masculine

Masculine is the most complicated and has a lot of exceptions. The standard ending for masculine nouns are referred to in Russian as zero ending, when the noun ends with a constant. For example отец – farther, стул – chair, стол – table. Another common ending is  - Й; музей -museum, самурай – samurai, hero – герой. A third option is the soft sound  - Ь; словарь - dictionary. Then there are the exceptions. -  A, - E, - Я ending are sometimes used for masculine nouns;  мужчина –  man, дядя –  uncle, кофе –  coffee.

Feminine

Females have  - А,-Я, -Ь endings, such as: мать –  mother, сестра –  sister, свечка –  candle, луна –  moon, ночь night, дочь –  daughter, вишня –  cherry, лилия –  lily.
 

Neuter

Neuter endings have  -  О,  - Е such as: дерево tree, кольцо –  ring, окно –  window, яицо –  egg, лицо –  face, солнце –  sun. A rare ending is - Я; like время -time.

 

So to sum up, there are a lot of exceptions, however the more words you learn, the easier it gets. But for now all that needs to be remembered is:

Masculine - zero ending,-й, -ь, –а, -я.

Feminine - -а, -я, -ь.

Neuter - -о,-е, -я
 

After learning which gender a noun is, it’s easier to allocate the noun to it declension, from that you can determine how nouns change per case.

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