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January 28, 2012
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Damein
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Right now I am mostly trying to learn Russian. The way I am attempting to do that is learn as many words as I can through recorded Pimsleur Russian tapes then using my Lonely Planet as back up to make sure I am pronouncing the words right (and spelling it right since I suck at Phonics). And then using the Ankidroid app to do flash cards (for what ever reason I can not download any shared flash card to my computer).

 

I don't write the word in Russian I write the way it sounds like in English. I am also talking to a female that I know in the Ukraine and know another Ukrainian that I am going to try to start talking to too. 

 

I got till March to learn enough to basically get simple direction that kind of stuff. Am I headed in the right direction or should I do more or less? 

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January 28, 2012
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Right now I am mostly trying to learn Russian. The way I am attempting to do that is learn as many words as I can through recorded Pimsleur Russian tapes then using my Lonely Planet as back up to make sure I am pronouncing the words right (and spelling it right since I suck at Phonics). And then using the Ankidroid app to do flash cards (for what ever reason I can not download any shared flash card to my computer).

 

I don't write the word in Russian I write the way it sounds like in English. I am also talking to a female that I know in the Ukraine and know another Ukrainian that I am going to try to start talking to too. 

 

I got till March to learn enough to basically get simple direction that kind of stuff. Am I headed in the right direction or should I do more or less? 

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January 31, 2012
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Would it be wise of me to try to learn the Russian alphabet?

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January 31, 2012
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Damein said:

Would it be wise of me to try to learn the Russian alphabet?

Certainly you should learn the Cyrillic alphabet. It should not take too long, either.

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January 31, 2012
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If you enjoy Russian singing then the Red Army Choir is brilliant, since their famous songs often cover all the grammatical bases.

 

If you have any Russian-speakers at hand try to talk to them with the Russian you know. You will not go the whole conversation fully in English (unless you're a lot further advanced than your post suggests) but you'll go away knowing what you NEEDED to know how to say in Russian. Then you can focus on that. The word "everything" sounds like a useful one but it isn't if you have no need for it for the time being. 

January 31, 2012
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One last thing how hard is it for black americans traveling through slavic countries like the Ukraine?

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January 31, 2012
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blueslant said:

Damein said:

Would it be wise of me to try to learn the Russian alphabet?

Certainly you should learn the Cyrillic alphabet. It should not take too long, either.

 

 

The reason I asked is because Benny suggest that you shuoldn't worry about grammar and just learn that later. Just start to speak it first. And learn the other stuff later. Not sure what he thinks about the alphabet.

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January 31, 2012
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He gave his opinion regarding learning phonetic scripts here:

http://www.fluentin3months.com/phonetic-script-can-be-learned-quickly/

I would also suggest making the alphabet a priority.

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February 1, 2012
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Thanks a lot for the information, going to take this advice and run with it...

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February 1, 2012
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You might want to take a look at http://memrise.com. Russian isn't one of their featured languages, but they do seem to have quite of bit of material for Russian in there.

I think of it as Anki on steroids. It combines the spaced repetition with fill in the blank and mutiple choice.

It has been a great way for me to learn some Chinese characters.

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February 2, 2012
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Yea Memrise is awesome I was there before but I didn't spend too much time on it though, and thanks a lot.

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