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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
I have no problems learning cursive and actually already know it, but I separate the letters (I also separate cursive letters in English nowadays, since otherwise my handwriting is illegible even to me) and just make little cursive б bigger rather than using the correct cursive uppercase Б, for example. I guess I can ask the language school these questions when I get there.

Completely disagree regarding 1-on-1 being necessary or even a good idea for everyone. Pronunciation is first priority and that might require 1-on-1 work if you screw it up initially and then have to correct it. Starting with Pimsleur is a good way to avoid screwing up pronunciation. Russian pronunciation should not be difficult for native English speakers, other than the rolled R, which just takes practice since we can hear it fine, we just have trouble initially producing it. Compare with languages where we can't even hear the sounds because we lack early childhood exposure, and so will never be able to produce those sounds properly.

After pronunciation comes motivation. 1-on-1 lessons would kill my motivation. Maybe they help yours.

Read that word brain article I linked to for what neuroscience teaches about language learning. It's mostly about vocabulary. 1-on-1 is NOT most effective in terms of time for learning vocabulary. What is effective is spaced repetition flashcard systems, like Anki, but those kill my motivation, which is why I didn't bother initially, though I am using am Anki deck now.
(This post was last modified: 10-20-2018 12:22 PM by Shemp.)
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - Shemp - 10-20-2018 12:18 PM

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