I just finished the Russian tree!!! Woo!
Besides strengthening the skills on Duolingo, I have been looking for other things to do outside of Duolingo, but I have had some trouble finding stuff. Does anyone know any good, preferably free, resources to learn Russian with? I am mostly talking about texts and things to read, as that is my main goal with Russian.
Thanks for a great, well-done tree. This has been one of the best ones I have finished so far.
Memrise (for more vocabulary, I've added a few courses that I've taken in the past):
News & Media:
Russian radio - just select the city/region that you want to listen from :)
Although it's unrelated to what you've asked, I also suggest that you change the phone language or anything else that you use frequently so that you're immersed (sort of) in the target language :)
Удачи и поздравляю ^^
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Try something like book box. There probably isn't anything much simpler, yet at first it will be plenty difficult because of the vocabulary, and because you may not be really used to paying attention to the word endings. This site has fairly simple stories, but the annotation is in German. There is a lot of easier Russian on YouTube, too.
You might consider working on the "reverse" course, English for Russian speakers. (There is a slight difference in what is acceptable for translating definite and indefinite articles, between the two courses, but that can be put up with.) Or if your German is good, maybe German for Russian speakers would be workable.
There is an enormous amount of material online in Russian. The problem is that much of it is either old (but in the public domain) or not put up by the copyright holder. And even very easy material will be difficult for a while--but then, that is true for any language. I don't have many links to easy material but would be glad to help you look around.
[added] Follow discussions like this one, which may have some good suggestions (what I did was find a book I really wanted to read, and then slog through it with a dictionary).
Also, you might try bliu bliu. You can practice lots of easy sentences there, and the site has a fairly good way of increasing the difficulty of what you see as you progress. Also, you can bulk upload your own sentences, so as to be able to drill at random (with TTS) sentences you want to learn. The site is available free and by subscription. Personally, I don't like how the free availability is time sliced, and if you feel the same way but really like the site, a subscription might be worth it.
You also might try readlang when you find reading material that interests you. Or you can do much the same thing (upload and read with various aids) at bliu bliu.
Спасибо! That is definetely enough to keep me busy for a while. I used to read novels in both French and German, which made me pretty literate in both, after a while, but I thought that I should wait a bit doing that with Russian, since it is much more difficult. I think I will start doing the reverse course soon, and Readlang also seems like a great website!
Ничего. Since you read French and German (I read only French) you'll find a lot more material online to help you study, and that German "easy stories" ought to be useful for you.
FWIW, the hardest thing for me with Russian was learning not to rush past the word endings. This Reading Acceleration Machine application can help break that habit. To provide input for it you'll have to analyze a text into logical fragments, and you can set it up so that you cannot rush ahead when reading. It's great for inflected languages like Russian or Latin, and just fine for anything else, like French or English.
For beginning through advanced audio with texts, try LingQ. You get the best of it (audio and text) for free, or you can subscribe to be able to use the bells and whistles.
Enjoy yourself! If you find any great sites for improving Russian, please don't hesitate to post them.
Hi! Congatulations! That's quite the achievement! I will give you two linglots as a well done present from me. I reccommend Linguascope for learning any language. It will give you activities, games and so on. It's also free! You could also find some Russian books online or even find a pen pal! Now you could try (still on Duolingo) the reverse course which is Russion to English! Good luck with your studies! :)
I like learnrussian.rt.com. You should skip the basic stuff and look at the later topics.
And I completely agree with het_aapje's suggestion for Russian news and media. I think the main goal of Duolingo and these other online learning platforms is to get you to a level where you can more-or-less start reading in Russian. From there on it's a matter of naturally absorbing new vocabulary and getting a feel of the language.
I would recommend searching for "bookbox russian" in youtube. Bookbox is a nice channel, having same children stories dubbed + transcribed to numerous languages, Russian being one of them. I used it for German and had a good experience with it.
UPD: Now I see BookBox was already mentioned in this post. Still, it doesn't change my good impression of it :)
a great source for slang would be Learning Russian:A guide to contemporary usage. This book series explains the use of register change depending on formality. It can be bought but it can also be found online for free with a google search. It is good to take language to that next phase with which you can speak with more comfort and precision.