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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
Just an update on my first month: I've been using almost exclusively after realizing how much Busuu sucks. Busuu has exactly the same content for every single language, so for example they have a whole lesson on the verb "To be" in the present tense eventhough in Russian it is omitted so the entire lesson is quite useless. Also the vocabulary is not very relevant, it's hard to explain but basically they don't teach you the kind of stuff that gets you speaking when you are first learning (auxiliary verbs, useful expressions, etc). In addition they have no lessons on learning to read and write the alphabet.

I've done the 14 lessons of the basic Russian course of russianforfree and I feel that I'm learning very fast (I do between 1-4 hours a day). The content is relevant and they have a lot of dialogues. I also find they have the perfect balance between vocabulary and grammar. When I feel a bit bored from the lessons, I go to and I listen several times to one of the texts. I write down the whole thing and below each paragraph I note down the new words that I don't know. The texts are written so that some words appear many times and at the end you expand your vocabulary that way.

I also use this site for checking any verbs: and this other one for writing in Russian

At night, when I'm too tired to write anything I listen to this podcast:

I find that alternating writing/reading with listening and speaking makes me stay focused without getting bored and that way I'm able to study for several hours. I also like to do imaginary conversations that allow me to find gaps in my vocabulary, like this guy explains: (min 9:22)

Тот, кто не рискует, тот не пьет шампанского
04-21-2014 05:44 PM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - Gopnik - 04-21-2014 05:44 PM

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