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How to learn russian

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<a href="/bn/translator/meltem-turanl%C4%B1" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1244282">Meltem Turanlı</a>
যোগদান: 29.04.2015
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I started to learn Russian but I'm not sure what to do exactly. I can't decide whether memorize vocabulary, learn grammatical rules or practice daily speaking. Could you give me some advice?

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<a href="/bn/translator/sciera" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1077079">Sciera</a>
যোগদান: 16.02.2011

I learned a bit of Russian in school - had it as a subject for 5 years (9th to 13th grade). We very much concentrated on grammar, and a bit on reading easy texts, but hardly practiced speaking it at all. We didn't even translate much into it, mostly single words. Result: I remember next to nothing of it.
So, while it's dependent on your personal learning style and your previous knowledge of languages, I'd say that you should practice a mixture of practical and theoretical, active and passive application, with an emphasis on the active practice (i.e. daily speaking, or translation into the language) since that is normally the most difficult part to master.

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<a href="/bn/translator/maluca" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1206376">maluca</a>
যোগদান: 30.04.2014

Me too, I had Russian at school, for three years. Our teacher tought us simple songs and we had to recite them by heart. That was quite a good practice for pronounciation and I still can impress Russian people by singing some songs ;).

I'd wish to be able to communicate more though, but as I never travelled in a Russian-speaking country I never got to practice that.
We learned a lot of grammar, too, but I've forgotten all.
Oh, in the beginning we learned the kyrillic alphabet of course, I can still read that.

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<a href="/bn/translator/extremelycool" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1233556">ExtremelyCool</a>
যোগদান: 24.01.2015

The best way to get better at any language, in general, is to use it as much as possible. What helps me the most is listening to songs in that language and participating in communities (forums) online. Give yourself some tasks, like homework in school, but don't skip it, ha.

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<a href="/bn/translator/alexander-laskavtsev" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1248685">Alexander Laskavtsev</a>
যোগদান: 06.06.2015
Meltem Turanlı wrote:

I started to learn Russian but I'm not sure what to do exactly. I can't decide whether memorize vocabulary, learn grammatical rules or practice daily speaking. Could you give me some advice?

People are different. But for me personally nothing is better than permanent speaking Regular smile

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<a href="/bn/translator/sandring" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1263066">sandring</a>
যোগদান: 18.10.2015

My advice to you is to do a little bit of everything - reading, pronunciation (remember to keep your throat totally relaxed when speaking Russian), find yourself friends among Russian natives (there are lots of them in Turkey) and practise small talk. Russian may be learned only through practice. Don't concentrate on anything in particular and don't be too strict to yourself. Regular smile

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<a href="/bn/translator/meltem-turanl%C4%B1" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1244282">Meltem Turanlı</a>
যোগদান: 29.04.2015

Thank you all for the advices. I'll keep them in my mind:)

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<a href="/bn/translator/isabella-b" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1297847">Isabella B</a>
যোগদান: 30.06.2016

Go on conversationexchange.com and get yourself some partners! I was an absolute beginner in Russian and through a very kind friend (well, a few) I am able to say lots of phrases. Learn phrases instead of single words in the beginning, is my approach. Having partners keeps you motivated too.

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<a href="/bn/translator/meltem-turanl%C4%B1" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1244282">Meltem Turanlı</a>
যোগদান: 29.04.2015

Thank you:)

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<a href="/bn/translator/dmitry-lovermann" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1327669">Dmitry Lovermann</a>
যোগদান: 14.02.2017

You should probably tell us, what do you need russian for? Then you'll get more concrete and efficient advices, what to do for better result Regular smile

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<a href="/bn/translator/tanyas2882" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1205675">tanyas2882</a>
যোগদান: 22.04.2014

https://tr.forvo.com/languages/ru/ is the best website for hearing the original pronunciation of words and phrases.
https://glosbe.com/tr/ru/ is the best site for searching the translation of words and phrases with examples.

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<a href="/bn/translator/krist" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1378642">Krist</a>
যোগদান: 12.04.2018

The fastest and the most amazing way is visiting the country. You'll get the knowledge and you'll get an unforgettable life experience. I learned Russian at this Russian language course Moscow http://russian-language-school.com/en/kursy/intensive-group-course. And these are the brightest memories of my life. Wish you luck in your studies.

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<a href="/bn/translator/sydney-lover" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1112972">DarkJoshua</a>
যোগদান: 10.05.2012

I think it depends entirely on you. There are many methods of learning a language, but not all of them are suitable for everyone.
I've been studying Russian for a year at the university and, while my teacher was extremely good, I didn't learn much. That particular course was for beginners, but because I wasn't entirely a beginner, it was a bit boring for me.
What works for me is focusing firstly on grammar, then on listening and reading. Grammar makes me understand how to build sentences (it's useless to learn a lot of vocabulary if you can't even use it) and the rest is just practice and improving. I must also say that, personally, I need a teacher until I reach fluency, otherwise the learning process is going to take years. Once I reach fluency, I can quickly and efficiently improve on my own.
But this is me. Everyone is different and has different needs. What I advise you is try to figure out what method works best for you and go all in with it.
Russian might seem like a difficult language, but I've never seen it that way: I think that's because people think that different languages are basically their language with a different word order and maybe a different writing system as well. Follow Socrates's example: you only know that you don't know. Don't fear weird and quirky grammar rules, they all make sense once you figure out how the language works, it just takes some time to do that, but you need to understand this is a whole different language with a whole different system. If you're a beginner, absolutely AVOID asking "why does this work like that?". It will all make sense eventually, but if you only focus on the difficult stuff, it's going to take you centuries to master it.

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<a href="/bn/translator/lizzzard" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1241111">Lizzzard</a>
যোগদান: 01.04.2015

i may suggest https://www.duolingo.com/
nice place for first steps. there are comment section for every exercise, so you may ask questions if something bothers you on it or read tips from other users.
(i try it for Danish and Japanese, and it looks really helpful for understanding the basic of languages)

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<a href="/bn/translator/krist" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1378642">Krist</a>
যোগদান: 12.04.2018

Greetings,
That's wonderful, but have you been in Russia after all these years? I might wanna visit it too and I'm even thinking of doing business there, I've been studying Russian for some time now. But there's the problem about the Russian bureaucracy. Are these [url=https://ma-spb.ru/blog/zapret-na-vieezd-vydvorenie-i-deportatsiia/prichi... grounds for the ban on entry to Russia[/url]? I'm afraid there can be any reason for the cancellation and I want to know if you had any problems with that.

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<a href="/bn/translator/sciera" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1077079">Sciera</a>
যোগদান: 16.02.2011

Welcome! Your comment was automatically unpublished due to containing a link - I've made it public again.

I haven't been to Russia yet so can't help you with that. And your link doesn't seem to work, so I'm not even fully sure what you're referring to.

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<a href="/bn/translator/sophia-walmont" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1420853">Sophia Walmont</a>
যোগদান: 07.05.2019

The best way to learn a laguage is to keep practicing everyday through tears and pain. The best way to keep practicing and maybe even avoid pain is to be motivated. Why do you want to learn Russian? To live here? To make friends with someone from here? As for me, I got my motivational boost when I visited Russia for the first time. Due to it being the first time, I messed up a lot and almost had no money to get back home xD now it's a funny thing to remember, but back then it was a disaster. Anyway, find your motivation, visit Russia if you can, find a nice hotel (please take it seriously), there are a lot of articles on the internet, this for example https://www.tripoto.com/trip/how-to-choose-tour-to-saint-petersburg-your..., and good luck Regular smile

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<a href="/bn/translator/sciera" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1077079">Sciera</a>
যোগদান: 16.02.2011

Also your comment was unpublished automatically due to containing a link.

Hm, for many people your recommendations might work. When I learn a language it's mainly out of linguistic curiosity, though, and to understand literature written in it.

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<a href="/bn/translator/sydney-lover" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1112972">DarkJoshua</a>
যোগদান: 10.05.2012
Sciera escreveu:

When I learn a language it's mainly out of linguistic curiosity, though, and to understand literature written in it.

In the specific case of Russian, this is exactly why I decided to learn it. I wanted to learn a new language, but didn't know which one and since I've been passively exposed to Russian for years because of a friend of mine who listens to a lot to Russian music, that was the most logical choice for me.

That's why I can't understand the "practicing through tears and pain" part. If you're not truly interested in a language, it's normal that it will be a difficult and painful process and more so if you convince yourself that the language you're learning is very hard.

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<a href="/bn/translator/israelwu" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1420592">IsraelWu</a>
যোগদান: 04.05.2019

Mea culpa,
It wasn't published automatically, because I uploaded my Hebrew translation under Polish language and polish title and in a moment of confusion (read PANIC) I submitted it. Than I made the changes and published the comment

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<a href="/bn/translator/konstantin89" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1427436">Konstantin89</a>
যোগদান: 13.07.2019

Hey. My name is Konstantin, I'm from Russia. I want to say: "English is studied as difficult as Russian." In English, phonetics is more complicated than in Russian.

If you can, then I will give a link to my video (my YouTube channel): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdXoHYJa0QqU9F_URa8hcNQ
If you have questions about the Russian language then you can ask me them. Thanks guys!

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<a href="/bn/translator/koshkoi123" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1429284">Koshkoi123</a>
যোগদান: 01.08.2019

No shame, no gain.
Just keep doing everything. Appreciate the natives that help you and ignore those who complain about mistakes. No shame, no gain.

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<a href="/bn/translator/dmitry-lovermann" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1327669">Dmitry Lovermann</a>
যোগদান: 14.02.2017

Exactly!
When I moved to Georgia and start learning georgian language, I already knew, that it's important to speak even bad, even with bad pronunciation, even with heaps of mistakes. And that was good way to improve language skill.

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<a href="/bn/translator/russianup" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1430495">russian_up</a>
যোগদান: 13.08.2019

Hi, I am here to help people learn Russian! I will tell you how to do it for free and travel at the same time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TlVsOX9EOc

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