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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
I am starting to think that apps like DuoLingo, Babbel etc are a bit of a waste of time. With usage of gamification they feed your brain endorphins, giving a sense of progression and achievement. I question whether it is "real world helpful". What has seemed most valuable to me is actual conversation (having to recall words and construct sentences on the fly). It's just too easy to sit there on your phone for an hour faffing about with apps. Maybe they are okay as a backup method of learning.

So now I'm going with:

1. Spend half an hour per day constructing random sentences and talking (out loud) to myself. Write some down in notebook. Note down and learn anything that I need to lookup throughout this process.
2. Vocab - groups of words - e.g. "emotions" one day, then useful verbs the next, etc. Integrate into #1.
3. Study grammar from textbook in small steps (and note down in grammar notebook). PRACTICE grammar in conjunction with points number 1 and 2.
4. Continue Pimsleur (currently nearing end of 3, will probably buy 4 too)
5. Lessons with my new good Italki tutor (3 per week - I have been lax with this in the past)

I'm having basic conversations with Russian girls and they are very complimentary, but I don't do things half arsed. My current level is not where I want to be. Need to push harder.

Edit: @Constitution45 what did you find most helpful in terms of actual progression?
(This post was last modified: 01-14-2019 06:32 AM by WanderingFlame.)
01-14-2019 06:29 AM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - WanderingFlame - 01-14-2019 06:29 AM

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