Hello, friends of Duolingo! I'm working to gain what I had lost.
Hello everyone! I'm a native English speaker, and I am learning Russian here. This is my first post here, and I already feel the warm effects of the Duolingo community!
Of all of the languages in the world, I settled on learning Russian a few years ago, as I am ethnically Russian. My progress so far has been almost zero and I regret it. Not too long ago (just over a year ago), I had to take Spanish II, a required class in my high school (that I didn't care about). It caused me to mix up Russian and Spanish into "Russpanish". My Russian skills that I had worked so hard to achieve ended up deteriorating fast (by January, I no longer had motivation to study Russian). When that class was over this June, I realized I had lost almost all of my knowledge of Russian in the struggle. I ended up basically losing what I had worked so hard to achieve, and I still have hostile feelings towards my Spanish II teacher to this day.
With Duolingo, I now plan to start over with Russian. The very first lessons here are already showing me how much I had forgotten. They're fairly easy so far (I think of them as friendly reminders), and I'm working on resolidifing my skills there before I move on to what will be new to me. I'm looking forward to eventually meeting cases, verbs of motion, irregular conjugations, etc. And most importantly, new vocabulary. I forgot almost every Russian word. And now I am healing the scars from that tragic past with Duolingo and moving forward to a new basic working knowledge of Russian. I will undo the damage that had been done to me, and regain my former skills. I hope that you will support me as I work to undo the damage that has been done. I will regain that I had lost in the recent struggle against my former Spanish teacher.
Lol, you are exaclty like me, except that I take french In highschool (altough I hate it/ Have too for the credits) and it gets in the way of learning languages I actually like.
Good luck , I know the feeling!
Good luck on relearning Russian!
I took Russian in high school because it interested me more than Spanish and French, and I liked the teacher. It was so hard to remember anything and I never tried to learn anymore of it, until I found Duolingo! Now I'm finding that I remember more than I thought, and I'm hoping someday I can be nearly fluent. I found a Russian version of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Silmarillion at a Russian store nearby, and I'm hoping that will keep me motivated!
I did the same thing, except I simply didn't have many good resources to learn Russian prior to duolingo, so I kind of tried learning it passively. I talked with some Russian friends who spoke English and got input from them.
I'm not going to say it was completely ineffective but it didn't get me to any acceptable level for the time that it consumed.
Здравствуйте! I was on the same boat as you! I hate my Spanish studies, and I am an odd language learner. I don't care about Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French or German. I like Russian quite a bit, and I am getting much better at the Cyrillic alphabet, four days ago I didn't even know how to read радио (radio). Don't give up!
I also have problems with Russpanish sometimes. :) I took 2 years of Spanish followed by a year and a half of Russian. I hear Spanish more on a regular basis since I live in California, so it can be hard to remember my Russian when I'm hearing Spanish almost everyday, but occasionally I have the opposite problem as well when I am trying to speak Spanish. They are both awesome languages and cultures, and you do not need to forget one to learn the other. Knowing Spanish before Russian was definitely a benefit for me because it gave me the language learning skills to better understand a complex language like Russian. Your brain will sort it all out if you practice enough. Have fun and good luck!
Aww good luck! I used to be in the same boat as you with French instead of Russian but I got a chance to redeem myself in college instead of duolingo. I still can't speak French that well but at least I can get by with reading and listening. There's a book for 2nd generation russian speakers called Russian for Russians by Olga Kagan.