peterfoo22 said:How long has it taken people on here to get to close to fluency in Russian?
It's taken me 700+ hours in about 1 year and I still have not mastered an ability to conversate other than "typical american greetings" whereby you exchange pleasantries, maybe a name, and then move on.
It doesn't help there are no russian people around me to conversate with.
I don't use internet outside of work(50+hrs wk) and download youtube russian music videos & subtitled russian movies to watch later and practice the language, so therefore I don't use skype or anything to reach out for more help, though I'm not in a rush to learn.
I also know spanish so that has really helped with piecing the words together with the right intonation. I also use music lyrics with a russian, transliterated russian, and english format to help learn the words as well.
It does require dedication that's for sure. Just keep at it and keep practicing, I even speak aloud the letters and phrases throughout my day. Whenever and wherever you can fit it in does help. Good luck!