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Writing letters is a good way to learn Russian. Having new penpal friends who speak the language youíre learning will give you a chance to put into words what youíve learned in grammar, vocabulary Ö, the point is to make an effort constructing phrases and expressions, both by using a dictionary and from what youíve learned in general, in many ways writing letters to penpals will certainly help you a lot in your learning path.

Below is a sample of an English/ Russian letter that you may take as an example to your first step in having pen pals, or simply for the purpose of introducing yourself in Russian,† you will notice that I sometimes include more than one possibility, for example you will find more than one nationality in the same phrase (English/ British), that way you can choose the most appropriate to you, modify it, delete, or add whatever you want, if you need some more vocabulary check the home page, also you will be able to find some additional phrases at the phrases page Ö

 

The English Letter Sample

Dear....

My name is Speak7 , I started learning Russian lately, and I thought it's a good idea to have some penpal friends who speak the language, that way I can practice what I learned in Russian, and make new friends at the same time.

Let me tell you more about myself, I'm 26 years old, Iím a young (1) American / British (2) male (3), I live in Washington/ London (4), I study languages (5), I work as a surgeon/ carpenter/ mechanic (6), English (7) is my native language, I have one brother (8), and one sister (9), I have one son (10), one daughter (10),  I live with my parents (11), I live by myself (12), I'm single (13), Iím  married (14).

In my free time I like to listen to music (15), watch movies, documentaries... I like to travel and meet new people...and much more.

I want to learn Russian because I love it, I also want to learn it for my job/ my husband (16)/ my sons (17), and above all I think it's a nice language.

As you can see, I can already write in Russian, but I still need to improve, because my vocabulary is limited, and I also use a dictionary a lot.

I hope to receive a letter from you soon, with information about yourself and what you like to do ...I also hope that you can help me improve my level in Russian.

My friendly greetings to you.

Speak7

 

 

The Russian Letter Example

Дорогой/ Дорогая, (addressing a female)
Меня зовут Салим. Недавно я начал/ учить русский язык и я подумал/, что было бы неплохо переписываться с русскоязычными друзьями. Таким образом я бы упражнялся/-ась в том, что выучил/ и одновременно нашёл/ бы новых знакомых.
Расскажу о себе: мне 26 лет, я молодой/-ая (1) американец/-ка / англичанин/-ка (2, 3), живу в Вашингтоне/ Лондоне (4), изучаю языки (5), работаю хирургом/ столяром/ механиком (6). Английский (7) - мой родноя язык. У меня есть брат (8) и сестра (9), сын (10)/ дочь (10), я живу с родителями (11)/ один/ одна (12), я холост/ не замужем (13)/ женат/ замужем (14).
В свободное время я люблю слушать музыку (15), смотреть художественные/документальные фильмы, путешевствовать, встречаться с друзьями и многое другое.
Я хочу изучать русский язык, потому что он мне нравится, а также для работы/ общения с мужем (16)/ сыновьями (17), и просто потому, что это красивый язык.

Как ты видишь, я уже пишу по-русски, но нуждаюсь в практике, так как мой словарный запас ограничен и мне приходится часто заглядывать в словарь.
Я надеюсь на твой ответ в скором времени. Расскажи, пожалуйста, о себе, о твоих увлечениях. Я также надеюсь, что ты поможешь мне в изучении русского языка.
Пока это всё, береги себя и удачи!

Салим

 

Note:

I tried to put numbers at the end of some expressions so that you would know which is which in case youíre confused, obviously you need to delete the expressions that donít correspond to your personality, also some numbered expressions may have other alternatives, for example:

(3, 7) = for other countries, languages, professions and nationalities, check the vocabulary pages or look them up online if your country is not listed here.

(8 - 17) = delete the ones that donít apply to you.

The blue font refers to the feminine suffix that you should add at the end of the word in case you choose to use the feminine.

 

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