https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Finished!

I have finally completely the Russian skills tree - I think it's the longest one I've managed to complete so far.

It was really fun! I liked the structure of it in general, the order in which things were introduced at some points confused me and then when I read the notes I was like, okay, this is more logical than my uni course was 8-o

I loved the mix of serious/useful sentences and silly ones (Вы должны выбрать: торт или смерть! made me laugh so hard I can't even tell you), and also in general I really liked how there was a mix of serious skills and ones that were smaller and kinda fun (like 'fleeting'), and then skills with an unusual mixture, for example history and fantasy; that was genius

So yeah! I really enjoyed it, it felt like great revision of so much stuff I'd forgotten plus there were some things I'm pretty sure I never learned, and overall it's been a great experience. I feel like gilding my tree and keeping it gold is going to be really good for my Russian, and if the notes further down the tree are anything to go by, I'm also looking forward to reviewing the grammar notes of the things I skipped.

Great job, Team Russian. And now I need to gather up all my wits and revise like a maniac so my tree is in good shape when Polish appears!

ETA: how cute and smart does Duo look in his Russian scarf?? <3

November 20, 2015

69 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Вау, поздравляю! :) Русский курс и в правду великолепен. Отличная работа! :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Спасибо! :D

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Пожалуйста :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ClarkStephen

Awesome. I'm only at the first checkpoint. Way to go.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I did have a massive head start! Still a long tree, though, but definitely worth it. Hang on in there!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

Great Job !

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thanks! :D

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonKing

+35 lingots for that awesome review! now it encourages me to complete it faster! Спасибо! PD: Take those lingots and do the Russian test, share results.

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Пожалуйста! It's a splendid course, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Actually, I feel like I owe you a thank you for prompting me to do the test, because I meant to once I'd finished the tree, and it was an unexpected success which has very much brightened my morning... I knew it was going well when it kept throwing sentences at me from the end of the tree, but I really didn't expect this;

say what now heyyyyy

Now, I'm 99.99% certain that 5/5 doesn't mean I got everything right, because there were a couple of things that were pure guesswork, and also I got 5/5 on the EO test when I hadn't even finished the tree - and I almost wish Duolingo would save a score of 5 for absolute perfection not missing a thing. However... I am of course very pleased to get 5 :D:D:D does happy dance

I wish I had kept track of when exactly I took the second progress test; I'm pretty sure it was not a whole two weeks ago. The first one was from when I hadn't even started the tree or done the placement test. I think the second was maybe around the third checkpoint?

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdonKing

I am so glad you did almost perfect! I'm still struggling with it, but anyways,congratulations! that's awesome! Keep your Russian studies!

PD: No, you don't owe me anything.

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Well at least I owe you thanks, because I've been meaning to do the test again and it was a real boost!

Hang on in there, Russian is hard but it's a wonderful language and worth the work :D

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Поздравляю! I'm getting close to the fourth checkpoint, but I've been trying to keep my tree healthy as I go along so perhaps I'm not too far behind.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Спасибо! I've done very little strengthening, I've mostly just ploughed on through, so your tree will probably be in better shape than mine currently is when you get to the bottom!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/anestis89

Congratulations for your achievement! I'm learning Turkish at the moment but I want to learn the Russian language as mad :) The only thing that keeps me away is that I don't know if I can bear learning two different languages simultaneously, given also the level of difficulty of the Cyrillic Alphabet.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Cyrillic isn't bad to learn, if you know both English and Greek alphabets many of the letters will be familiar to you already. It's not like Chinese.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/anestis89

Thanks for the clarification Theron. I knew that the Cyrillic script system is in part a child system of the Greek script but the Russian symbols seem so confusing to me at least for now. When I have more time I'll give it a shot for sure.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Take the Cyrillic letters a few at a time, practice them, and they will be no problem. You'll get constant practice doing the lessons, and soon the Cyrillic characters will be easy. You won't be struggling with them throughout the course; they'll only be difficult for you at the very, very beginning.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/anestis89

Thanks for your suggestions, slogger. And by the way, 697-days streak?? Jesus! You're the definition of persistence and everyday practice.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

. . . or of slogging. :)

Enjoy Russian, it is a marvelous language.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I said to someone else the other day, Turkish entirely fried my brain - if you can cope with Turkish, I don't think you will find Russian too bad ;p I mean, some people claim Turkish is easier/easy full stop, but personally I was/am hopeless at it.

Cyrillic is intimidating to a lot of people, but I promise it's really not that hard. Arguably it's the easy and fun bit! ;) Like Theron says, it's way, way closer to the alphabet you're familiar with than say Chinese characters or the Japanese or Korean writing systems.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/anestis89

As I wrote to A_User below, from the links he provided I just noticed how close are the Greek and the Russian alphabet. As for the Turkish, personally I am very impressed with this language. It is very enjoyable to hear and write, even better than Greek, which is my native language. By the way, great streak, keep it going!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

No need to repeat what Theron, flootzavut, and slogger already said, just that I agree with them. Also, I found these websites to be very useful. This and this.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/anestis89

Thanks for the links. They are very useful. Indeed, there are more similarities between Greek and Russian alphabet than I thought at first. I'll begin the language asap.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

You're welcome! The similarities between Greek and Russian was one of the first things I noticed. :-)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MS_Genius88

Очень хорошо! I'm also just about done.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Have fun finishing :D

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94

Congratulations :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Congratulations!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

Damn, how do you finish the trees so fast? >.<

Congratulations!!

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

Well I haven't really done one tree from absolute scratch, which was Ukrainian, and I have a huge advantage there because of the Russian! I mean, the person who finished Turkish in three days, that's amazing!

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

Finished Turkish in three days? I'm speechless. (Not to mention envious)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Congratulations! :D

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_

Congratulations! I will study Russian soon.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/laya_a

Wow congrats! (And I just got out of the egg lol)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

How did it happen that I only just found this? Congratulations! Gratuluje! Um, I don't think I've reached that in Russian yet. I wonder how many of the people who have seen this are wondering what ETA means? :-)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

LOL

I think there are a few ways to say it, I usually go with поздравляю, which means "I congratulate [you]", mostly because I like how it sounds. I... actually can't remember if it's even covered in the course 8-o but now you know.

And also спасибо :D

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

I suppose I could have looked at the other comment to find out. :-) Someone said it. And Добро пожаловать (according to Google Translate)!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Добро пожаловать usually pretty much means welcome, as in to a place. Now you have me wondering if there's a secondary meaning...

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

No, it means "welcome". :) (Never trust Google Translate! ;) )

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

"Пожалуйста" or "Не за что". "Не за что" is more informal. :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

"Пожалуйста" means both "please" and "you're welcome". :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Пожалуйста is both please and you're welcome.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

I don't trust Google Translate, but it was the best I had. Thanks! So what is "You're welcome"?

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

I thought "пожалуйста" was please? Anyway, Пожалуйста и не за что, flootzavut!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

So I wasn't wrong! That's comforting that I actually remembered something right! :-) Thank you both.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mitStrudel

Congratulations! :) Being an utter noob in Slavic languages, I've been saving my effort for Polish before attempting this one.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you! I am really excited for Polish to come out :D Slavic languages are my favourite!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

Another Polish learner! Yay!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mitStrudel

Yes! One of many, I'm sure. Still trying to master (of course I mean 'approximate') pronunciation, before much else.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

I know. I've been asking Stray for help, and I'm sure he'd be happy to help you as well. :-)

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mitStrudel

I'm sure I'd need it! Thanks for the pointer. :)

November 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

You're welcome. There's a few other native speakers around as well, if you can find them.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

Поздравляю от всей души!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

:D:D:D огромное спасибо!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

молодец! (can I say it to a lady? :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Yes, I believe so! Спасибо :D

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

Congratulations! The tree is so long so it would've been a lot of hard work. I started an hour after it was released but haven't gone through many skills because I was focusing on other trees. But now I plan to progress through it a lot quicker. Great to hear positive things about the course. I will also be learning Polish and hope to finish my German tree by then.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Спасибо и удачи!

I think it took me about twice as long as the Ukrainian tree, even though in theory I already spoke Russian (VERY rusty, but in there somewhere) and hadn't ever studied Ukrainian - it's long and thorough, I think the team did a great job!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ReraCikap

Поздравляю вас! Because your icon has changed, I didn't recognize you at first. Russian scarf is very nice! There is no doubt you have many different scarfs :)

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I have four now! Which reminds me, I really must go request it be added to the hall of fame...

Спасибо вам большое!

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Geniellamas

Congrats!

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Thank you!

November 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FredericPC

Congratulations! I started yesterday after finishing my french tree!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Have fun! :D and thanks!

November 23, 2015
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