С днём рождения
Had a bad day today, and oh my you guys turned it into the best day of this year!
Same here....Notification would have been nice, so I could have started earlier! lol. :P
I was considering doing the same. I haven't leveled up yet.
Hi guys! Congratulations for the beginning this course, and if you have any questions about russian language, I'd be happy answer to them.)
lol I just tried the placement test out of curiosity and I tested out of literally zero skills! Not even alphabet. Definitely excited to begin!!
I'm glad even though it's here during novel writing month. One problem is I don't hear anything and I thought we would have sound.
Very busy. I love that Russian is here but I won't be doing a whole lot until NaNo is over. But I have already made my character speak Russian and now she's going to teach it.
might be an issue with your computer - my laptop has the same problem but on my desktop I hear everything fine
That's probably it. I really wanted to hear it. I only have a laptop at the moment. It's still fun even without the sound.
Great course! I find it hard though to graduate from level 9 - perhaps because, as a native speaker, I take too many liberties with English equivalents ;)
I think the course could benefit from a virtual Russian keyboard.
Yes, I agree entirely - it needs a virtual Russian keyboard - like for Turkish, etc.
I think they should add a Russian keyboard as I've missed a few questions for not using a Russian keyboard, although that could be my fault as you might be able to find one as an adaptation.
Windows comes with keyboards for most languages pre-installed. It's also pretty easy to find a phonetic Russian keyboard with Google.
I now use google translate to write in Russian and then copy-paste it into Duolingo.
Ha, that's what I was doing, too. And then my placement quiz said "You placed out of zero things!" Sorry, very old Russian degree. I have forgotten everything, and let you down.
i changed the settings in Windows to make it a Russian keyboard and then put pieces of tape on the keys and wrote on the tape to show the Russian letters. Not bad! Once it gets to the mobile app it will be easy to use the Russian keyboard since you can switch back and forth easily on the phone.
they sell the stickers on ebay for the russian keyboard for a dollar or two as well, they go on over so you can see both english and russian alphabet
I'm going to invite myself to the party of people whose degrees are ashamed of them. Three years of Russian got me zero placement whatsoever, which is reasonably terrifying.
There is a bug in the placement test, it's giving everyone zero and making them start from the beginning. Just happened to me too. This needs to be fixed.
At least we should fly through the beginning stuff! I think I was overconfident, because I can still read it fairly well, but it turns out I retained very little in the way of spelling. :)
Now I definitely don't feel so bad for having to start at zero, after years of study. Although my spelling is crap, which I'm sure did not help with the assessment.
Yeah, there's a lot of totally acceptable answers that need to be added to the course.
Just get some cyrillic stickers and instal a Russian keyboard, far better and quicker :)
I agree about the keyboard. I'm currently on my laptop switching between the English and Russian keyboard layout for each question. And as I'm new to the Russian keyboard layout it is incredibly slow going, having switch to another page to check where the letters are. I know I will get faster as it becomes more familiar, but an inbuilt keyboard would be so much more practical!
on a mac, you should be able to command-space to switch languages after you add the Russian keyboard. If you're on windows, that's your problem :-)
shift-alt is working for me to switch languages. I'm slooooooowly learning the layout of the Russian keyboard.
What? Command-Space just brings up Spotlight search for me...
Edit: nevermind, I found it... I needed to change the Keyboard Shortcuts in Settings.
In it one of the possible Mac shortcuts, I thinks. Also, you need to actually have several languages installed in the System Preferences.
I would be much happier if Duolingo added a Russian keyboard- as it would take me a quicker amount of time to type out the Cyrillic letters. As of now, I use the "Character Map" application on Windows 7 (I have no desire to install any new applications). Until Duolingo releases a virtual keyboard, it will be difficult for me to avoid getting wrong answers when I am asked to translate from English into Russian! (Very frustrating and time-consuming)
I agree, considering that everyone taking this course might not have access to a Russian keyboard.
I also agree, I keep getting "mistakes" because I do not have a Russian keyboard
Very excited for this! It being on here actually got me interested in trying it in the first place, now a week into my Russian learning this will be great to supplement.
One skill down. 78 to go :-) So no more than 78 days to go before that tree is all golden. (One can dream)
And my linguistic and cultural journey through the largest nation on earth has begun! Russian is one of the major languages on my list. I have always wanted to learn Russian and now I finally got the chance! Thanks duolingo Russian team!
I think I was the 48th! (at least, it said 47 people were learning it when I clicked the button)
Me four xdd well, there's a lot of 48th learners..
It said 47 people already when I signed up...we must have been pretty close together then :)
The counter doesnt update often enough, it said 47 for me too. I guess there's no way to really know.
I've been refreshing the courses page all day and when I saw Russian wasn't there I freaked out -- I'm gonna spend all night on this.
It's pleasing how easy it is given that I know Bulgarian though! :)
мерси Russian team!!!
Thank you guys so much for all the hard work! I'm a month into learning Russian, so this is wonderful timing!
Thank you so much for updating Russian language here! Always want to learn it!
Болшой Спасибо awesome russian team! You've made my day! Тhank you so much!!
You can add the keyboard under settings/keyboard/add and switch between them by pressing the key with the globe on it.
Hooray! I'm not convinced by the pretest, it said I didn't test out of anything but I already know a fair amount, there's been nothing new in the first several lessons.
The time is come, Comrades.
Once West has learned to speak Mother Tongue, there will be no stopping Revolution!
Thanks for bringing this course to Duolingo. I have a couple of questions, though. First, how do you enable the course to display the lessons in Cyrillic alphabet? And second, when will be this course available in the app? Once again, I thank you for this amazing effort since I always wanted to learn this language. Have a nice day :)
If I may make a suggestion (sorry if it's already been said, but this thread is already too long to read through), I think it would be a great idea to include an additional alphabet exercise that actually goes through the alphabet in full and lets you test your pronunciation of the letters. I think it would help a lot with the listening exercises. The exercise tips explanations are good overall if I need them, but some are confusing, and, honestly, I usually forget it's there.
This made my day, though I still haven't had enough time to learn what you said in Russian.
This is gonna sound weird but I've always been amazed at how stereotypically Russian Putin looks.
Woohooo!!! Thank you to all the Russian team for working so hard over such a long period of time to get this course ready for us! Just done my first lesson and looking forward to many more.
You may read our last update if you want to install a layout. Basically, it means that you press the same keys, but different letters appear.
There are two main layouts:
- the standard (ЙЦУКЕН) is what Russians use. Makes sense if Russian is your love for life or if you have easy access to Russian keyboards (stickers?) or if you live in Russia. For obvious reasons, makes total sense on a phone or a tablet (they have no physical keyboard anyway!—and they might turn out to be less customizable, but a standard keyboard is always there)
- a phonetic keyboard (say, ЯВЕРТЫ) which sort-of-matches Russian letters to Latin letters close in pronunciation (also maps extra keys somewhere). I think, it is just fine if you are moderately interested in Russian but that's it. Has an obvious advantage if your physical keyboard does not have Russian letters.
On a PC or a Mac a phonetic keyboard mapping is always a choice (Macs even has one in the basic package), and the switching between the languages is done by keyboard shortcuts (Shift+Alt / ⌘ + Space)
I found it on my iPhone under settings/ keyboard/ add. Then there's a little globe that turned up on my regular screen keyboard and when you press it, you get the russian screen keyboard instead . Очен хорошо!
Hm. Really? Are you looking at English keyboards only and do not try to add different languages, or does it really nor support anything?
I actually though iPad and iPhone are similar in that department. Go figure...
Well the problem wasn't adding the Russian keyboard, I was able to add it fine but when I go on Duolingo app; it says that the course is not yet supported on mobile.
Ah, of course. It takes some time. MEanwhile, you can try using a browser. Not very convenent, though. Even on a tablet.
Yeah I was using the browser on my iPhone, it also says 'not supported' through my app. Hopefully soon though? :3 is that being greedy ?
omg I'd been waiting so much for this! :D ..Russians is one of the languages that I have in my list of languages to learn before I die. lol:P
This is so wonderful. I've been eagerly awaiting this for so long! Is there any expectation as to when it will be incorporated into the smartphone app version of Duolingo?
Hey great job - I've been waiting a while but can someone please explain something to me - why is everything written in Latin? Is there anything to change that? I dont see why it isn't just written in Russian to begin with
When you go into a lesson, there's a little slider thing in the top left, slide it to the right or click it, it will change from Aa to Яя and then lessons will be in Cyrillic.
perhaps after the "alphabet" course or after a small quiz but yeah of course its important
Latin alphabet, not Latin. When one says "written in Latin" it means the Latin language.
yeah i know I didn't care enough to actually write that out considering most people would understand me - given that this is a language learning site I will pay more attention next time
Thanks to the team! If you have Windows, install the Russian keyboard and then go to advanced settings and set a command to toggle between English and Russian keyboards. Then it is less awkward and you can work more quickly. Works for me.
At last! I'm so looking forward to this, thank you Duolingo and the Russian team! :)
So, now I'm waiting for "Translation" section Когда, наконец, я смогу переводить и С РУССКОГО НА АНГЛИЙСКИЙ, а не только лишь наоборот)
sorry to ask this here. I cannot click the new discussion button. how to make it active? Tanks
really don't like examples. only "where is my beer", "my mother in germany". have it something more closer to our life?