To the Russian Course Developers

I have been doing the course very slowly: two "strengthen skills" and one new lesson each day. As a result, I have only just finished "Accusative".

However, I must say that the course is wonderful. I spend about two hours a day on Russian and use different resources each day, but I always start with your course. It is so clear and so helpful.

I know I have thanked you before, but sometimes I think that being a course developer is a thankless job: people complaining about translations, the TTS, etc. So I want everyone who worked on the course to know how much this means to me:

This is not just another language. This is the chance to speak to my wife in her native language, to speak to my in-laws who don't speak English, and to converse with my son in both of his native tongues. I am eternally grateful.

Большое спасибо

November 28, 2015


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This is easily the most beautiful and classy thing that has ever been posted on the Duolingo discussion board. Thanks for taking the time to write this up!

November 28, 2015

So you have a Russian wife, and your son speaks a language you don't? I wonder how the latter feels :) I must join your thanks for the team - they've done a great job!

November 29, 2015

Well my son is six months old at the moment, so he is not speaking Russian or English, rather he is speaking по-ребёнок!!! I'm just planning ahead.

November 29, 2015

A non-Russian speaker friend of mine actually also has a Russian wife, so he insists that she'll speak Russian to the child, and learns Russian himself. I think it is always good to give your child as many languages as possible right from the start - that's like one of the best presents you can give him. And it's for free :)

November 30, 2015

I don't have the same poignant story ClarkStephen has, but I want to chime in and thank the Russian team, as well.

You all have done an amazing job at forcing learners to actually learn. I suspect some people don't like it, but I like the amount of listening and typing exercises here. They make you think about the details of the language you're learning. Even your point and click questions can be tough sometimes - which is a good thing! You're not just letting us cheap out, letting us look for the one word and click that answer. You're challenging us.

More than that, you're not going the easy route "Oh well technically that makes sense but would NEVER be used in conversation but... ok, accepted answer." For the most part you all seem to be teaching us real sentence structures (I'm obviously basing this on the comments - I have no way of knowing).

But, in addition to Shady_arc and the incubator team who have done such an amazing job and continue to be extremely active in discussions, I'd say that some props need to go to Olimo and szeraja_zhaba who have been providing amazingly detailed and useful information in the discussion pages.

Thank you all!

November 29, 2015

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a great honour to see the positive affect this course has on individual lives. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you all the best in your quest to learn Russian. Спасибо!

November 29, 2015

Nice words! I must say thank you too. I learn Russian course and I enjoy it

November 28, 2015

What a refreshingly positive and lovely post! Shut up and take my lingots! (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself. But still. Lovely post!)

November 29, 2015

I agree. The developers have done a fabbo job, especially considering it's a free resource.

November 29, 2015

That's pretty cool, OP, that you are learning it to converse with them! You're awesome.

November 29, 2015

It is a very helpful course, I have tried to study Russian before but couldn't get past the alphabet, and now I can turn the normal Russian and the roman letters on and off to practice reading Russian as well as learn words more effectively! I am going to learn at least one new Russian word each day from now on, and I already see improvement in my understanding of the alphabet! Doulingo helps a lot on language comprehension and learning.

November 29, 2015

I was sufficiently interested in (and a real fan of) Duolingo's approach to language acquisition that when the "Russian for English speakers" wasn't available I did the "English for Russian speakers" (despite knowing little more than "Da" at the time) and it still worked remarkably well (I was cracking good at the English bits, anyway). What I don't quite get after about 12 lessons of the new course is when the Cyrillic is going to be introduced, because I really dislike transliteration and find it actually inhibits learning after the first few lessons. Am I missing something?

December 1, 2015

Looks like you do. There is a little switch on the left top side, where you can toggle between "Aa" and "Яя". The latter would turn Russian into Cyrillic.

December 1, 2015

Thanks Leonig. Funny how one can't see the obvious. Let me also join the chorus of approval for the work that has gone into creating this exceptionally useful course and thank the developers for all their efforts.

December 2, 2015

First of all Thank you!!! My husband is learning Russian for same reason! I am Russian! And he sees that my french lessons has an option to slow down the speech, he asks me to repeat some of his questions, but slower... we really need this option for Russian students.

January 5, 2017

I'm not sure what you mean. In the listening exercises there is the turtle mode.

I've dabbled a bit in the French and I don't know that I've seen turtle mode in more places than the Russian course. Though, I admit, I've not kept track.

Besides, why is your husband complaining!? He has access to you which is more than many of us have :-P Lucky him!

January 5, 2017

Oh! We try this way too.... but he complans that my voice is too soft and too high, so he has no chance repeat anything after me )

January 12, 2017

I was comforted by your request for a slower speech option because when I expressed that idea commenters told me I just had to get used to it, it wasn't that fast, it was authentic, etc. I would like to be able to hear the words.

February 25, 2017

I took Russian in school 40+ years ago, but lost most of it in the ensuing years. I've always wanted to try and get it back. Finding Duolingo has been a godsend. Большое спасибо действительно.

March 8, 2017

Yes! i join you in this t hanks!! SO MANY THANKS TO ANYONE INVOLVED!! Its being an amazing ride to do this course!! Much love, forces, inspiration and health to all!! happy learning!!

December 2, 2015

Wanted to join this thread to thank you guys for the awesome work done. My wife and her family are Russians and, although all of them are able to speak in Brazilian Portuguese (my native language), they constantly talk in Russian among themselves because it is easier for them (especially for my inlaws), so my wife constantly needs to translate it back to me. I started this course because I want to be able to speak with them in their native language and you are making this possible, so many thanks to you! :)

January 3, 2017

Hey ClarkStephen, are you still following this thread?

Do you use Discord by any chance? I would like to practice Russian with you there! A big surprise is waiting too!

If you are interested, drop me a line.

April 7, 2019

Hey! I'm not ClarkStephen (obviously), but I do spend a lot of time on Discord. I didn't know there was a Russian practice resource there, though I do know a few native Russian speakers via my roleplaying. Any chance I could have the link? Pretty please? :-)

April 20, 2019

Agreed 100%. I have a lot of other resources for Russian, but - despite the minor quirks and inconsistencies - Duolingo is absolutely the one I enjoy most. It's giving me a really solid base line. I find I'm not needing to make flash cards, because there's enough repetition of the vocabulary to absorb it naturally. Thank you all!

April 20, 2019


May 27, 2019

Btw,, when I click alphabet and try to test out of 10 skills, when I complete the test after only finishing one level (I already know some Russian and want to save time) nothing happens. Please fix

November 29, 2015
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