https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geneven

When does Russian get easier?

Maybe it's just me, but I'm on level 12 now and it seems to me that the exercises started getting easier. There is less confusing grammar and a lot of new words that you have to learn, but new words are a lot easier than grammar.

I saw a nice YouTube video the other day that compared language learning to swimming in the ocean. When you first start out from the shore, there are many breaking waves trying to knock you over and suck you under. But when you get past the waves, everything gets easier. Maybe that's where I am now.

I guess I still have to worry about rip tides, though.

February 5, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

Any language gets easier the more you know of it, and especially one like Russian for an English speaker, because it's completely different for any you know and has a different alphabet to boot. It's very hard to remember words when you're still going through slowly and carefully one letter at a time, trying not to read "р" as "p" instead of "r". It was really slow going for me at first, but as I got a lot better at reading Cyrillic, got more used to the sounds of the language and started to get a better feel for how the language works, it got a lot easier. And now I have the opposite problem - my brain keeps wanting to read English "B" as "V"...

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jasonsudana

I faced the same problem. I nearly wrote "INDONESIA" (in immigrations, block letters is required) as "IHDOHECIA" thanks to the Russian course.

My sister questions whether I am illiterate or not.

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shady_arc

Any language gets easier after a while. Still, in this case the design of the course almost certainly shapes your experience. We did use rough A1-2 guidelines and looked at the overall structure typical of courses teaching Russian as a foreign language. So the absolute minimum of beginner's grammar is mostly covered by the third checkpoint, and most of the core Russian grammar is dealt by the fourth.

There is simply no way around this: you are not going to pass to the Intermediate stage if there are still surprises to come and new grammar to keep you confused. In terms of surprises, there is little left after the fourth checkpoint, so we mostly focus on some vocabulary a learner might be interested in. In terms of vocabulary, it is worse: you have much to learn on your own still.

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/knowingisgrowing

Do you have any recommendations to a good place we might be able to learn more Russian after completing the course?

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slatour

Russian sure did take a long time for me to get past the waves. I am sure I will hit another plateau soon, but right now it is more or less smooth sailing.

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/btaylor79

I love the analogy of swimming in the ocean. I felt like that with Spanish initially and then things sort of clicked and got easier. I'm really hoping that is the case with Russian as well. Hearing your experience gives me some hope because I feel like I am really fighting the waves right now.

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abdallahice

i'm still on the shore and the waves already hitting me.. :) hope i pass it soon as i really want to learn Russian..

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolineDilkeme

Don't be too sure! I'm on level 14 and things just got a lot harder. Maybe a tsunami is approaching.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clive660354

great ! . But i guess there is no escaping a tsunami . just ride the storm

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

Or to just flap your little green wings harder and fly haha

February 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pineapple-power

Levels aren't a fantastic way of indicating progress. For example, if you strengthen your skills daily and OP doesn't, you'll be at a different place in the tree than OP. That could explain the discrepancy.

Where in the tree are you, though? I am suddenly very apprehensive.

February 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pineapple-power

I love all the metaphor going on in this thread

February 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clive660354

good to hear its getting easier . Alphabet is quite challenging to say the least ! By the way maybe you can help me . I am stuck on level 8 and the new section i.e. animals will not activate . I have completed all the others . mmm maybe i am missing a trick somewhere ?

February 5, 2016
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