The Bay Area climate is certainly sweeter (or at least warmer) than that of Moscow, but if we look good and hard we can find some commonalities between the United States and Russia, even between St. Francisco and St. Petersburg …
After all, serious seafood is appreciated by Russian elites, and vodka is also flowing in student parties on campuses in San Fran!
Here’s a fun fact: Before it was renamed San Francisco, this small city by the bay was called Yerba Buena. Yerba Buena means, “Good herb” in Spanish. It was founded in 1776, but renamed in 1846. Portsmouth Square in Chinatown was the location of the public square in Yerba Buena.
No wonder many culturally thirsty Americans are interested in the Russian Cyrillic alphabet, while Russian speakers from all walks of life come to work or study in and around the United States.
But, more concretely, what are the best ways in San Francisco to get acquainted with Russian phonetics and master it to perfection?
Learning a foreign language in your early childhood is obviously ideal and, whenever possible, should be learned from kindergarten …
This is of course a dream: such opportunities exist for American children to learn French or Spanish, but not as easily the dialect of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov.
If you do not have some Ukrainians or Bulgarians in your family to teach free but orthodox Russian to toddlers, you may have to wait for secondary education to enroll your little angels in Russian grammar classes.
According to Russian Life Magazine, high schoolers in San Fransisco can learn Russian at the School of the Arts.
You don’t just have wineries and tech companies in the Bay Area, there’s also academic tutors!
You can also enroll your kids in the Private Russian-American School in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Russian-American International School prepares students through a bilingual integrated curriculum with a strong emphasis in Math and Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). Russian and English speaking teachers cooperatively teach each grade level to meet school and state guidelines. Art, music and physical activities are systematically integrated into learning activities.
Students spend half of their day learning in Russian and half of their day in English. Skills in both languages are taught and reinforced as part of instructional units.
Recent studies of children who grow up in bilingual settings reveal advantages over single language children, including both increased attentive focus and cognition. Compared to monolinguals, bilingual children, who had had five to ten years of bilingual exposure, averaged higher scores in performance on tests and had greater attention focus, distraction resistance, decision-making, judgment and responsiveness to feedback.
And with a good Russian-English dictionary, you (or you child) can progress quickly!
Russian classes in New York are multiple.
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