The following article can be applied to any language.
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Hello, everyone! Today we will be looking at a good way to learn Russian that can be enjoyable and teach you about Russian culture at the same time. A great way to practice your Russian is through watching television programs intended for Russian children.
Why a children’s show? Well, when you think about it, children are still in the process of learning their native language, and one of the ways in which the modern child learns is through television. Children’s television programs are created for audiences with a lower vocabulary and a rudimentary understanding of the language. Much of the learning is done visually, and new vocabulary is usually introduced with some form of visual display. This allows for learners to begin learning a language without translating in their head, rather, by simply listening and forming connections using a visual platform. When learning a new language it is best to not just translate, but instead to learn how to think in the foreign language.
Children’s shows come in many different levels and styles, so you will have to choose which shows will be most beneficial to you and your level of knowledge. Eventually, children’s shows will be too easy, and you can move on to watching Russian films. Below is a list of links to websites that will allow you to watch children’s television for free online. I have watched these and have found them to be beneficial, and also a fun cultural experience. There are many more sources out there; you’ll just have to dig for them!
Watch live Russian children’s TV: http://smiletv.org/online/
Cat and Fox Russian Tale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoL4Guu77Q
Tom Thumb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2obORu3D7lM
A series about a curious and destructive little girl and her friendship with a bear: http://www.youtube.com/user/MashaMedvedTV/videos?flow=grid&view=0&sort=da
Youtube channel for children’s TV: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL230D014637A33517
Story for children with subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr1V6aO6XH0