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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
(12-23-2015 05:22 AM)The Ligurian Wrote:  
(12-22-2015 06:50 PM)Seth_Rose Wrote:  I was just reading that article yesterday haha which is one reason I made that post. I like off the grid places, but I just hear so much about Ukraine and Russia from people on the forum and in my personal life so that's what I always think of.

Was about to ask if you'd ever been to Minsk but I see your datsheet--great stuff!

Don't go off the grid unless you cannot afford to go to a big city. That article was about the cheapest places, not the best places.

The best place to study Russian is Russia. The reason is because Russians are the most outgoing Russian speaking people, more so than Ukrainians and much more so than Belarussians. That is vital in improving away from the classroom.

I lived in Kiev for 4 months this summer. How many local male friends do I have? One, and I already knew him.

I studied in Minsk last year at MSLU for three months. How many local male friends do I have? 2.

Girls are obviously a different matter.

Yet put me on a Russian train for 12 hours and I'll have 4 or 5 dudes insisting I go fishing with them and visit them etc. Russians are the most gregarious and hence your Russian improves more there than anywhere else.

Despite the romanticism, off the grid places are not the best places to learn Russian. The old 'I will move to a village with no English speakers for a year and become fluent' is a flawed idea since you will not have your skills pressure tested constantly by new situations, acquaintances and vocabulary etc.

Go to a large Russian city like Volgograd and find a teacher. Your Russian will improve there quicker than in either BLR or UKR.

are you american? i agree that most russians are great people, but i wonder how safe russia is right now for an american. i've only been to ukraine, but i was there for a few years. every time someone wanted to fight me or threatened to kill me, they made sure i knew they were russian and they were doing it because i was american. this was about 12 years ago, when russians hated america WAY less than they do now.

i wonder if your problems making friends in belarus were because you were in minsk. i knew a bunch of kids from vitebsk when i spent a summer in crimea, and they were awesome. i've always gotten along great with belarusians and considered them noticeably friendlier than russians and ukrainians.

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12-24-2015 10:59 AM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - bucky - 12-24-2015 10:59 AM

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