Lindsay Lohan is learning Russian - but is struggling to get to grips with the language.

The 'Mean Girls' actress wanted to be able to communicate better with fiance Egor Tarabasov and his family so has been having lessons in his native tongue, but it seems they are not going well.

A source said: ''You've got to give Lindsay points for trying. She really thought shed be able to do it because of her acting training, but she always gets the order of words wrong and her verb usage is abhorrent.''

The 30-year-old star's linguistic skills are so bad, Egor's family are trying to improve their English instead so they don't have to hear her botched attempts at their language.

The source added to heat magazine: ''Egor and his family were really encouraging at first, but after a few months they're beginning to realise she's a lost cause.

''Hearing her trying to speak Russian makes their ears bleed.

''They're good natured about it and are pleased that she tried, but now Egor's parents are just brushing up on their English, just so they can communicate with their son's choice of wife.''