"Это мой рюкзак."
Translation:This is my backpack.
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You'll be surprised, but Russian has a loooot of German loanwords: https://ru.wiktionary.org/wiki/Приложение:Список_ немецких_ слов _ в _ русском _языке Sure, not all of them are used in everyday speech, but it's still impressive. :)
P.S. Duo transforms lower dashes into cursive, so delete all the gaps when using the link.
I feel the same. It's very hard to learn how to pronounce words, or what they sound like to be heard, when they're spoken so quickly that words stream together. I'm making much less progress with Russian than the many other languages I'm learning, and I feel like this may be a factor. I've contacted Duolingo but haven't heard anything back. Hopefully, they'll fix this, or give an option to choose normal/slow for more of the exercises for Russian.
I think that speech is really hard to learn just from these kinds of lessons. First of all, automatic pronunciation that these lessons have are, well automatic and robotic, so they often don't have all the nuances (accents, liasons, endings, vocalisations, etc.). Second, different people tend to pronounce things differently, especially when part of speaking cadence (for example, hearing French text being spoken by a native french is vastly different experience than hearing it on automated speech genereator). In my opinion, to learn to speak language well it is necessary to speak it with another living person. I use speaking here mostly to get a sound of the language or specific sounds, but not much more.
I wonder is "rucksack" a proper translation? (as in a backpack that one uses for hiking or in the U.S. GORUCK Challenges [http://www.goruck.com/challenges/c/27]
I am constantly, and pleasantly surprised at how many nouns are near identical between English and Russian, albeit pronounced a bit differently (and with a different alphabet.
Thanks you for this course Duolingo!
Rucksack would also make a suitable translation (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/rucksack)