This tip is for those beginners who want to speed up their progress and start speaking Russian today.
Bad news first 🤕
If you are a beginner in learning Russian you might not know about the complicity of Russian verbs yet.
The verb is one of the most complicated and most essential parts of speech in the Russian language. No other part of speech possesses such a diverse system of grammatical categories:
TENSE: Present, Past, Future (Simple and Complex)
MOOD: Indicative, Subjunctive and Imperative
ASPECT: Imperfective VS Perfective
PERSON & NUMBER (only in the Present and Future tenses in the Indicative and Imperative mood)
GENDER (only in past forms and in Subjunctive mood)
VOICE: Active VS Passive
Plus there is such a phenomena as VERBS OF MOTION... (God, who invented THIS!?!)
I don’t recommend trying to figure all this out at once in the beginning. It might be terrifying and killing the motivation to start learning the language.
The right way is to progress gradually, starting with simple things and having time to enjoy the positive interim results which give you drive to go on.
Nonetheless you can't wait to speak the language the faster the better. You want to express yourself in Russian not fearing to conjugate a verb in a wrong way. This fear can be a drag and frustration.
Good news 😀
I share a simple formula that will help you avoid conjugating the verbs at all!
Here is a set of phrases that will let you use any verb you pick in a dictionary or in practice in infinitive form. No conjugation in any way.
7 phrases will let you say 70% of possible sentences about your activities in present and future.
These are the most frequent used phrases that describe our intentions, wishes and complains.
This will be a Magic wand for you in the beginning before you really master the Russian verbs.
The formula is the following:
[ The phrase ] + [ ! Infinitive ! form of any verb ] ...
As simple as that!
The only thing you need to do is to learn the 7 phrases and use them in your speech. Here they are.
⭐️Я собираюсь... - [Ya sabiraius'] - I'm going to...
This is the Best Of The Best because it gives you a right not to know anything at all about the Future tense.
Я собираюсь купить билеты завтра. - I'm going to buy the tickets tomorrow.
Negative form: Я не собираюсь...
Я хочу... [Ya khochu] - I want...
Я хочу заказать этот салат. - I want to order this salade.
Negative form: Я не хочу...
Я могу... - [Ya magu] - I can...
Я могу сесть здесь? - Can I sit here?
Negative form: Я не могу...
Мне надо... - [Mne nada] - I need...
Мне надо встретить коллегу утром. - I need to meet my colleage in the morning.
Negative form: Мне не надо...
Мне тяжело... - [Mne tizhelo] It's hard for me...
Мне тяжело вставать рано. - It's hard for me to get up early.
Negative form: Мне не тяжело...
Я стараюсь... - [Ya staraius'] - I try...
Я стараюсь найти хороший отель. - I try my best to find a good hotel.
Negative form: Я не стараюсь...
Я успеваю... - [Ya uspevaiu] - I have time...
Я успеваю попить кофе перед презентацией. - I have time to dring a coffee before the presentation.
Negative form: Я не успеваю...
It has been tested in practice: these phrases are like a string on which you can thread more and more new verbs every day. Your vocabulary increases fast and easy. No stress 👌
If this formula helps you to express your wishes, intentions and tell about some activities in Present and Future, you might want to master the Past tense as well. Please do! The Past Tense in Russian language is really easy to understand and to use.
You might want to extend the list of phrases according to your own context. Try to notice a few more frequently used phrases like these that could help you in your circumstances.
What phrases would you add to this list?