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Russian language: no more bullshit
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Quote:Pimsleur I for Russian was fun and I felt motivated to keep going. Now I'm on lesson 22 with Russian II and it just feels like a chore. The vocab is slow and the sentences so repetitive and dry that it's hard to even focus. My brother in law is Russian and says the speaker sounds Georgian so my pronunciation becomes exaggerated with a weird accent. He also said that the sentence structure taught is flat out wrong or at a minimum not optimal for sounding smooth or natural in many cases.

Don't stop, keep going. I also was hitting a wall with Pimsleur and almost gave up, but I finished all three units before going to Ukraine. I felt like it wasn't going to help, but after one painful week, I was getting into a groove, and creating sentences on the fly. Most importantly, I was understood. The formal/informal conjugation is inconsequential for a beginner. You can use formal on everyone, though unit 3 does teach you informal conjugation.

Don't sleep on Pimsleur. Guys pass on it now because there are fancier options, but it's the first thing I do when tackling a language, and I re-do the courses again and again.

(04-15-2013 11:28 AM)Volk Wrote:  Hey Roosh, I'm curious about your gameplan about learning Russian. What is the challenge you are going to give yourself on the language learning project? What are the stakes you are setting for yourself? What are the deadlines you are imposing on you? What kind of method will you use?

Since you seem to have quite a history of learning languages, I really want to see how you tackle this kind of tasks. Thanks in advance!

My strategy right now is Pimsleur and Michel Thomas for audio, and then working on one or two text resources at a time. Then I finish a resource, and do another one, mining them all the while for notecards (that I put in Anki). I gave it a test run in Polish and my progress was very rapid in only a month.

I'm thinking about an intensive course for a month or so in June. I want to be forced to study more than my typical max of 1 hour a day.

04-15-2013 05:00 PM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
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