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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
Pimsleur, Michael Thomas and Duolingo all suck IMO (actually I've never encountered anyone who has reached a decent level using these materials). They are okay to get your feet wet but you should make the transition into native materials as soon as possible, otherwise you'll never learn how natives speak the language you're learning. Once you've acquired a basic vocabulary (the most frequent 1000 words or so) you can start reading children's books, short stories, whatever and start watching series and movies preferably without subtitles but at least with subtitles in your target language. It doesn't matter if you don't understand much, the visual cues should provide enough context. Add unknown words that look useful to Anki, rinse and repeat.

The problem with Pimsleur and similar materials is that they are totally unnatural. You'll never hear language used that way and it makes you content that you're making progress, while you're only repeating phrases like "Hi. My name is Jack. I am an American. Where are you from? Where is the hotel XY?" etc. and can't even understand a word in a proper conversation. Duolingo isn't very useful either, it makes you translate words from English to your target language which you should avoid at all costs, it's not what you want to do. You should think in your target language and not translate from English. Native materials are the key and are much more fun than using the aforementioned materials.
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05-26-2016 09:03 AM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - marty - 05-26-2016 09:03 AM

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