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
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;
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.