Russian, easy or hard?
Hello! I was wondering if Learning Russian for you was a big challenge. I mean, the vocabulary is pretty intense. I would love to have some tips. I just can't remember some words, just too complicated, sometimes. Thank you!
Have you learned another second language previously? The Slavic languages are harder for English speakers than, say, Spanish or German. They also have a fair amount of noun and verb endings compared to English, so if you have never learned a second language before, it is probably quite a challenging choice. That said, any language, no matter how challenging, can be mastered with enough time. Just be kind to yourself, don't expect it to be fast and keep working on it. Review, review, review!
all the conjugation charts of latin, but with longer words and a funkier looking alphabet.
but then you get the nice trade-off that accents are much more consistent between countries and regions. spanish between cuba, venezuela, argentina and spain are so different it's almost like learning different languages. russian's complexity keeps it pretty regular, which is a huge plus as far as i'm concerned that makes me forgive the brutality of its grammar. plus it sounds really friggin cool.
You can buy Cyrillic stickers for your keyboard, e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Russian-keyboard-stickers-laminated-transparent/dp/B002RSOQYY
Or you could draw the letters on in pen or marker or something if it would show on your keyboard.
I think remembering gets easier as you go along and get more familiarity with the language. When I first started trying to memorize anything in Russian, it was really slow going at first compared to memorizing, say, German, which I don't really speak at all. Russian is so much more different from what you're familiar with, and a different alphabet doesn't help either. If you keep studying, get better at reading Cyrillic, you'll eventually find that it gets easier to remember.
Individual words are usually still OK for me, though I'm only at Basics 2, so I don't know if that will stay the case. But Russian phrases don't stick in my head for some reason, so I find those more difficult. For learning words, you could try making pictures in your mind using them to help you remember. Some people find flashcards help, though I haven't tried it.