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Hello Everyone,


I am just starting to learn Russian but I have no idea on how to go about learning a second language.  Does anyone have any tips on learning Russian? 

May 15, 2012 4:53 AM
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I think, you can listen to the Russian songs and read transfer to them. if a melody to be pleasant to you , you remember words easier and better)

March 2, 2013

Long ago, I used Berlitz cassette method for Italian and Korean. Then I lived in Korea so it was easier of course. Now, I use Pimsleur for Mandarin along with many other tools.


There is no 1 best method, but do something every day. Fall asleep listening to it, wake up and listen to it first thing. Leave the radio or tv on with your target language during the day. Learn to write phonetically in your target alphabet. Post labels all over your apartment, window, door, sink, fridge, etc.


Have fun!

April 12, 2013

Hi Shawny,


I am using Rosettastone to learn Korean, and it is great for verbal speaking. However it is not a stand alone program. If you are going to learn a new alphabet, as you will be with Russian, you will need to purchase some written language books. However, from my experience with Rosettastone, it will take you roughly to college level 2. (At least the Japanese version does. I have studied Japanese for 11 years and was hoping that Rosettastone would offer me something new, but it did not. LOL such is life sometimes. However the Korean has been quite good.) My only gripe with Rosettastone is that it doesn't explain the grammar points to you. I understand the idea is total immersion, however I'm a visual learner, and when I can see the grammar written out I understand it a lot better. This is not to say that I did not pick up the grammar, it was just much harder in comparison to my college Japanese classes. (I'm in college level 3/4) It has it's merit, however it is very expensive. 


I would suggest, since I too am studying languages with alphabets that are competely different from English that you start with learning how to write. I learned vocabulary, and how to write in Japanese before I learned any grammar. And it helped me immensely! I would also point you to anki. Just google it, you will find it easily. It is a flashcard program. Add in whatever you are studying, and as you study it, you rank if you think you are good, bad, whatever and after a while it will test you on the stuff that is hard, and the stuff that is easy will get saved for later. It's fantastic! I don't know what I would do without it for my Japanese exams! It saves my life!


Good luck!


April 12, 2013

Do you really want to study Russian? It's very difficult language. I'm native speaker and I have been learning English for 7 years, so I can say that English is easier then Russian. Better try to speak Russian with native speakers on the Internet or in the real life.

April 12, 2013

Russian language is very rich and beautiful. It is hard to learn Russian without teachers and native speakers. You should listen to Russian programms and songs, you shoul talk to Russians. You need to improve your ear. It is not easy to catch Russian words first time but if you practise a lot you can achieve good results. Go on and never give up! Belive me, it would be interesting for you to learn Russian:)

April 11, 2013
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