Friday, September 18, 2009

learning to speak English

It can feel really hopeless when your russian bride can’t speak the language around you – it can be embarrassing for you and your bride in social and professional situations. The temptation is usually to pressure her to learn the language. But remember – she wants to learn the language much more than you want this! It’s very difficult to be unable express oneself or understand what people are saying due to a language barrier.

Language learning will happen as long as your bride is exposed to English. Try to be patient and encourage her to be in situations where she can hear and speak the language. People need time to adjust to a new culture and accept the reality that learning what they need to might be hard. If all else fails, try putting yourself in your bride's shoes. What if you suddenly had to move to Peru, adjust to the culture, find job .. and learn Spanish!