May 25, 2009 6:03am CST
Lately i have been trying to learn Russian, i find it more difficult than first expected, also i get distracted easily lol. Anyone have any pointers for me? or anyone else in my position? And is there any good audio tapes/mp3 of translations or something? software? thanks in advance
15 Oct 10
Totally agreed with multicoloured!! I have been living here for 4 years now and trust me it's nothing like English at all...the best way to learn Russian is to actually live or stay here for a while then you'll understand why... Again, let me quote from multicoloured "boring, complex grammar, length vocabulary, arghhh...unless if you really need to learn the language say you're gonna study here, or marry a Russian then only learning the language becomes handy and effective
• United States
28 Sep 09
I'm learning Russian, too. I don't know how far you've come by now, but the Learn in Your Car series is very good. Also Pimsleur, but that one is more expensive. Ultimate Russian Advanced is good once you've gotten far in your studies. Make sure you practice often. If you stop practicing a foreign language, you can forget it pretty fast. A trick I learned to make it easier to learn new words is to associate them with an image that sounds like the word, so it acts like a cue for the word. The example I was given was the Russian word for waiter is afeetseant, which kind of sounds like efficient, so think of an efficient waiter. Or the word for car is mashuina, and on Malcolm in the Middle a car was once referred to as a "go machine," so I think of that when I have to recall the word for car. I didn't think it would work for very long when I first heard it, but it's what I still do after about a year of studying and it makes remembering words really easy. Just go with what first comes into your mind when you hear the word. Another trick I use is to review the new words I've learned that day right before I go to sleep. When I wake up the words I was having trouble with are easier to recall. Above all, practice. The more you encounter the words the quicker you will recall them.