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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
(10-10-2016 02:06 PM)ElFlaco Wrote:  
(10-10-2016 01:21 PM)Road_Less_Taken Wrote:  Is it possible to learn Russian without learning cyrillic or how to write?

Any language can be learned without its writing system. But keep in mind:

1. As an adult, avoiding the writing system entirely may actually retard the development of your speaking skills. Having something visual you can latch on to often helps things sink in and helps you see patterns more clearly. The downside is that written language is a bit (sometimes, a lot) different from spoken language, so there's an everpresent danger of ending up speaking like people write. I see this regularly with students. Also, there's a natural tendency to use 'spelling pronunciations' once you have the written form available, rather than working off what you actually hear.

2. It's nearly impossible to find teachers, schools, programs or self-study materials that work only on speaking and listening skills. Teachers (especially native speakers) and textbooks sometimes remember how they themselves learned the written form of the language in school and confuse this with what a second-language learner needs.

Good points.

I am kind of in between starting learning now or going there first to see if I like it. I could get a good head start which would really help me. I'm leaning towards this but I guess its good to see the motivation before you.
10-11-2016 11:36 AM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - Road_Less_Taken - 10-11-2016 11:36 AM

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