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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!

December 2, 2015



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.


Languages are all different for everyone, so no one can give you a concrete answer. Just get stuck in - it's challenging, but it's worthwhile :) :D


Once you get the alphabet(and keyboard!!) down it's not hard at all.


i can type at a pretty good clip except when i hit з/х/ъ. i hate those three letters. in english we only use that corner of the keyboard for one letter. it's rare that i can hit one of those right on the first try.


Cool. I've only got like ten characters down as of now... I'll make it one day


It can be helpful to have a picture of the keyboard for a while, that you can look at to help find letters. :-)


Yeah right now i just type in google translate.


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.


I actually find that the different alphabet helps now that I'm used to it. Maybe because my brain isn't trying to connect the Russian to English words in the same way.


Personally, I find it easier than Latin but harder than Italian -- and yet, my Russian is now better than my Italian and far better than my Latin.


Actually I tried it out and it's not very hard! The only hard part is the alphabet... But once your past that it is easy to catch on. In fact, a lot of English words are carried over, like Motor is Motor in Russian.


You apparently didn't get very far XD If you've never taken a language that has inflections an declensions, you're in for a bumpy ride. But it's well worth one's time if they are willing to dedicate themselves.


Thank you! The alphabet is hard. With practice, I will become better and catch on!


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.


Sometimes hard sometimes easy and sometimes I have no idea, overall: Keep on going and enjoy the ride. The duolingo tree is only the beginning if you really want to speak Russian at an advanced level.


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