Russian Tutoring Sessions: Listen to My Lessons

Hey guys,

I recently announced I was going to add more content to the YouTube Channel. It is now up to 120+ subscribers, which I'm really thankful for.

Today I'm happy to announce the second episode of my Russian Tutoring lessons. These videos basically allow you to be a fly on the wall during my one-to-one Russian Tutoring lessons, while subtitles provide you with what is actually going on.

This new series will début every Sunday, and hopefully there will be a great amount of progress in my, so far, feeble Russian.

Why did I decide to be so open?

I realised fairly quickly that people often love to see inside tutoring sessions, some of the most popular videos from other well known language bloggers came from recording Skype videos with their tutor.

That is very interesting. But some even more popular videos were of Benny Lewis when he had studied the language a minimum. I think the most extreme he did was a Polish after 2 hours, which naturally didn't go very well, but the act of showing that you can actually get somewhere in no time really resonated with many people.

But I'm not Benny Lewis. I'm just Kris.

And these videos show exactly that. I'm a new language learner finding my way and during the tutoring sessions I stumble, ask for words and completely misunderstand – a lot. I cringe when I hear my pronunciation and many mistakes and it really hurts to publish it.

But some wise person once said, if it hurts – you are probably doing something right.

I hope that you enjoy the videos, please let me know in the comments here or on YouTube if you like this format. I apologise in advance for the Skype sounds, it was every vocabulary my tutor posted in the window. Don't worry, you are not getting any messages.

My Tutor

Shout-out to my fantastic tutor, Anastasia. If you are interested in lessons with her go check her out at:

The Video

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  • Emma Sibley says:

    Thank you for posting these Chris. It’s really interesting to listen in! Well done. 🙂 I really enjoy your blog, as I’m also learning Russian (but I’m easily distracted so haven’t made as much progress as I should!).

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thank you Emma, that’s very nice of you to say 🙂

      If there’s anything I can help you with regarding Russian, don’t hesitate to let me know!

      PS: “Distraction” is my middle name so I know the feeling. I have several time gone onto YouTube to check my account, only to find out hours later that I forgot why I opened it in the first place.

  • Celine says:

    I think you like to run by yourself…
    And watching icehockey at TV is ok 🙂

    By the way it’s interesting to hear a real italki session. She speaks clearly and slowly, so it’s easy to understand. I think I will try !

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Go for it Celine, there’s nothing to lose! Are you learning Russian as well?

      • Celine says:

        Yes ! I learnt it at university for a whole year to get started, now I lack conversational skills and a lot of vocabulary. Currently I watch Russian TV series on ipad app Viki to get me used to hear it. I also began chatting with Russian on HelloTalk. But that’s all for Russian because I am concentrated learning Danish since summer 🙂 (using HelloTalk and Duolingo)

        • Chris Broholm says:

          Great! Just keep working at it and you will reach your goals in no time.

  • Leszek Trybała says:

    It was so entertaining to listen to, I really enjoyed listening to this session! Thanks Chris it was interesting to “see” you in action 🙂

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thanks Leszek 🙂 glad to hear it!

  • Nick Adams says:

    Good work, Chris! It’s really inspiring to see you putting yourself out there and showing those crucial yet challenging moments of breaking through with Russian. I’ve been thinking of doing something similar with my (still very much beginner level) Danish. Thanks for putting subtitles on the video too, I appreciate it!

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thanks Nick, this recording is about 4 weeks old, I hope that by next episode you will really see my progress. I definitely felt a lot better this week than in the cringe-worthy clip above 🙂

      And go for it! Your Danish is definitely on par with my Russian, if not better – it’s a great motivator to put yourself out there!

  • Israel Lai says:

    hmmm…does running by yourself count? 😛 or watching icehockey on TV?

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