Can basic Russian be learned just by talking to a proficient speaker?
I am seriously interested to learn Russian but haven't yet been able to start on my usual apps. I just watch learning videos on YouTube at times and have a passing familiarity with the alphabet.
In other words, I am at approximate zero level, and this is my question: if I simply start talking to regular Russian speakers at this stage without any prior exposure, am I likely to pick up anything?
It's not something I've ever tried before, so what do you think? Can it work?