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Should I learn Russian or start Polish when it arrives ? I'm very interested in both cultures but I'm not sure which of the two to pick.

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/alexishws

It depends on if you want to learn the language for functionality. Russian could be used more but, Polish would be equally as fun. You could just learn both and stagger them. I don't have any actual wisdom, these are just my thoughts, in the end it is your decision.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mereade
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Russian has the advantages of being a bigger language: more resources, more media, lots of professional opportunities. Polish is a language of a rising nation within the EU in business and politics, a much more nearby destination for the europeans, with quite a lot of resources and media, considering it is smaller

Russian is understood in the eastern europe (not central, it can as well be viewed as offensive due to the 20th century history), in central asia too. And among the russians elsewhere of course. Polish is a language of only one country and the poles abroad. Russian gives you some intelligibility with Ukrainian and Belarussian. Polish shares a lot with Czech and Slovak. Russian might impress more employers on your cv but Polish gives you access to a smaller niche. So, it is a question of your strategy :-)

I'd say there isn't much of a difference in difficulty of grammar or pronunciation, both are likely to be harder for you than French or Catalan. Russian might have more French loanwords, Polish the German ones, for historical reasons. Don't let cyrillics drive you away from Russian, it can be learnt in one afternoon, it is not a problem, other things are ;-)

So, I'd recommend you to listen to both, have a look at their music bands, writers (whether you are lover of the classics or the fantasy/scifi, both Russian and Polish are awesome!), etc. Perhaps you've already got friends speaking one or the other. And choose whichever you personally prefer. I wouldn't recommend you to learn both at once with the attitude "oh, it's the same anyways, who cares". Each of them can be a challenge and they are quite distinct. But should you learn one and want the other, it should come a bit easier.

I recommend this overview of the slavic (and baltic) languages: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=26165&PN=1

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Polish, I have been told, has a surprisingly large amount of Latin based words due to the historically strong presence of the Catholic Church.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mereade
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I don't know, it is possible. But truth is that any learner of a slavic language with some background in Latin may draw from the experience quite a lot.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Indeed, any learner of any language will find it easier if he or she has already learned other languages.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mereade
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I meant Latin in particular. :-) There are many similarities in grammar. As Latin has proven awesome for learning the romance languages in terms of vocabulary (and to much lesser extent the grammar, I'd say), it has been quite helpful for my German studies and I saw so many similar features with my native Czech (which is quite similar to Polish). So, Latin is actually much more of help than many people expect.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Cool! All the more reason to reactivate my Latin!

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CrazyFox12345

Die russische Sprache ist schön, aber schwierig. „злой“ ist das einzige russische Adjektiv mit nur einer Silbe.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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Depends on your interest, your background, and possible uses you foresee.

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Reply2 years ago