Anyone else studying Russian?
I'm finding it easier than I'd expected, although I haven't really gotten to the meat of the noun declensions, which (even with experience in Latin) will probably severely trip me up.
I just ordered Harry Potter in Russian from Amazon.com, too, but I'm going to be stuck waiting on that for quite a while- the estimated delivery time to New Zealand was 16-44 days!
So... anybody else struggling to learn to говорить и читать по-русськи?
I'd recommend the Penguin Russian guide. Also the Matzner dictionary is excellent. You might also want 501 Russian Verbs.
So far it's not too bad!
My travel/living in Kosovo blog
Some things about formal Russian language courses are useful, but for everyday needs in Moscow street Russian rules. It's clipped, to the point, and a lot of it is common slang.
But English is the same. Having met many ESL speakers who were taught in formal classes, they were lost in common daily conversations.
"gimme a Coke"
"Ok, no prob"
"Yeah, it's ok."
You don't learn this kind of English in school. Ditto for Russian.
My years of classroom Russian welled up like a Gulf oil disaster. Babbling Russian in the first 24 hours on the ground jumpstarted me, and my speech improved in the succeeding weeks on the ground.
Just get there. In my many years of travel to Russia since that first trip in 1993, week one has started out shaky, and facility gradually returned in the following weeks. I'm just back from a trip to North Caucasus and Tatarstan, and, per usual, the formal conjugations and declensions have stuck with me, and the vocabulary was what took the worst hit. So:
Learn the formal rules cold. I know, this is asking a lot, since there are so many 'exceptions' to Russian rules that they often scarcely feel like rules at all. Nontheless, do your best.
Then, hammer on vocabulary. Know the words, and the rest will follow.
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest