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Questions about Russian Language Learning Resources

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I have to learn Russian (at least to the intermediate level) by October, and I have gotten several resources to help me with this task. Right now, I have so many resources that I am little overwhelmed.

I currently have: 1. Living Language Russian (Complete Edition) 2. Pimsleur Russian Levels I-III 3. Assimil Russian 4. Berlitz Essential Russian

Lately, I've been focusing my attention exclusively on Pimsleur Russian Level I and Duolingo. I want to progress a little quicker, so I have two questions:

  1. Do any of you have any suggestions of how I may utilize my current resources to their fullest potential?

  2. What other resources are you using and how are you using them?

Any advice would help. :) Спасибо!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheCenterZone

Here are a bunch of free online sources you may find helpful:

russianlessons.net

russianforfree.com

learnrussian.rt.com

funrussian.com

goethe-verlag.com

surfacelanguages.com

Удачи вам)) Good luck learning Russian!:)

2 years ago

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I started with RosettaStone, I have Pimsleur, Assimil, Teach Yourself, Living Languages, Berlitz, and numerous other small ones. The worst investment for me was RosettaStone. The best was Pimsleur. I use Duolingo as a supplement.

I have done 30 programs, plus now I am dating a Russian speaker, and Pimsleur is the best. Stick with them all. I am 3 years into Russian and I speak, read and write.

www.russianradio.eu that's a great russian music station

there are many apps and tv programs on youtube too, so just be patient and explore. Russian is the best decision I've made.

2 years ago

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I will forever use Pimsleur for every language at this point, so that speaks volumes. Duolingo is great for grammar. Just be patient. Pimsleur will get you conversational and the rest will bring you to a beginner, near intermediate level of Russian.

2 years ago

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Have you ever listened to Glossika? I have the Br Portuguese version and absolutely love it. Although it doesn't help much with pronunciation skills, it has definitely increased my understanding of the spoken language [of Br Pt]..

2 years ago

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How do you use Glossika, precisely? It sounds like it may be really good for drilling colloquial speech patterns. Are there more instructions than can be seen online (for instance, at amazon.com)? What do you do to use it for study? I know this is off topic--hope you don't mind.

2 years ago

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Great question! Glossika's eBook is not in OCR so I couldn't copy and paste the instructions, but luckily, I was about to find the instructions on Google Books. Here are the instructions to use the GMS method or the GSR method. (There are two different instructions.)

Here is the URL: "https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Michael_Campbell_Ukrainian_Fluency_1_Ebook_mp3?id=2NR0CAAAQBAJ" *Note: Copy and paste the link without the quotation marks and click "Free Sample". The instructions should show in the booklet.

If you have any questions about the system, let me know. I absolutely love it.

2 years ago

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Thanks very much. Please accept some lingots. From your link I managed to access the Russian version. This gives me plenty to examine. Lots of repetitive audio, rather than audiobooks, may be just the thing for me at this point. There is, it seems, a price reduction for the next week on the site (but then will there be a new one starting the week after?).

Can you tell me how much hard drive space the materials require?

As I said, Thanks! I'll probably have some "method" questions for you, once I've gone through what you've sent.

[added] They'll be a holdup on the lingots (sorry). This page is not allowing popups this a.m. , it seems. Please be patient.
[added 2] Haha! Got the lingots to you.

2 years ago

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Hi, it wouldn't let me respond to your other message so I replied to this one instead.

As for HD space, I have all three levels and it is 7.5 GB.

Personally, I love the repetitive sentences because I'm able to listen and really break down the sounds because I'm hearing them over and over. It's also nice to be able to associate words with letters and how the sounds change depending on the word placement. (The great thing about Glossika is that they try to show you how a word's sound changes by having two to three sentence with that word in different positions.)

2 years ago

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Thank you for the HD info. I'll definitely have to make some room for the files, then. Something I've been putting off. :(

Learning to read a foreign language for me is no problem but I don't yet have a good m.o. for learning to speak. Maybe this will help.

Are you set w/ how you'll proceed w/ learning Russian (I assume conversational) by October?

2 years ago

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No I will check it out as I am interested in Brazilian Portuguese. I will add it to my amazon checkout list. Thanks for sharing.

2 years ago

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I definitely love Pimsleur. At first, it was going at a very slow pace and now it's picking up speed, so I feel like I am on a steamboat to fluency. Haha... Thanks for the Russian Radio website too :) Lastly, what do you think of Teach Yourself?

2 years ago

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I like Teach Yourself. Pimsleur is great for beginners and gives you a conversational core in Russian which is extremely important. Assimil is wonderful for intermediate people because the different dialogues are interesting but its too difficult for beginners. Living Language, in my opinion isn't really for beginners. Berlitz... bleh I hated that. But I still buy it because its cheap and great once you've already established a relationship with the target language of your choice. I would recommend Teach Yourself after you have finished Pimsleur. I am an American but my native language is a Slavic language (Croatian) and even as a native Slavic speaker, Russian was extremely difficult for me.

I will send you several Russian movies, and different radio stations, and songs, and TV shows as soon as I have the free time a bit later. Because right now I am at work. I will share my best, and I also need to give you advice about the Russian culture.

2 years ago

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You're awesome! Thank you so much! :)

2 years ago

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Although I didn't like another Michel Thomas course I tried that much, I'm enjoying the Russian one.

But it's pretty basic of course, so it might be too easy for you already. If you can get hold of it for free (I got mine from the library) you might want to have a listen to it, but if you'd need to pay for it, it might not be worth the trouble.

Memrise is great for expanding your vocabulary. There's a course there called Top 10,000 Words Part 1 (and a Part 2 of it), which is great. (And I find the name both daunting and challenging!)

2 years ago

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Thanks for the recommendation! I'll look into both.

2 years ago

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I can also inform you that simply keeping the Teach Yourself course on your bookshelf for 18 years does not help with learning Russian. :-p

Several people (in this thread and others) have recommended The New Penguin Russian Course. I just got hold of it, and it looks pretty good: clear but thorough. Of course, only actual reading and learning will tell...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dureless

This helped me out a lot... it lists a ton of resources and tips and the like. (I mean, there's even book recommendations and stuff for more advanced learners.) c: https://www.reddit.com/r/russian/wiki/full_course

2 years ago

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is exactly what I've been looking for! Lingots for you!

2 years ago

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Oh, wow! You're very welcome! I'm so happy I could help. :D

2 years ago

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I would suggest getting on vkontake.ru and finding some groups to read chats from, or even making some online friends via chat. I have found that just chatting online with folks or reading online discussions has been invaluable. Also, you can find Russian TV shows on youtube. These can help get used to hearing it spoken at the regular speed and not Pimsleur speed. :)

2 years ago

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Great idea! I'm looking into it now.

2 years ago