Russian: Hard Language?
Hi, I am soon going to learn Russian with Duolingo. Though, I would like to know how much time and effort it will take an average person to reach some sort of fluency (assuming they learned it three hours every day).
If you use other resources outside of Duolingo as well as Duolingo, then it'll take an estimated 1100 hours to reach basic proficiency . So if you invest three hours a day, everyday, then in a year you should be nearing proficiency - at least by theory and at least in reading, grammar, speech, and vocabulary. Learning how to understand normal-speed verbal conversation is another skill altogether IMO.
p.s. that's awesome how you're planning on investing so much time everyday... good luck :)
Honestly, it is impossible to tell you how your Russian experience will be. Sure, Russian is quite different from English, but that doesn't mean it'll be necessarily harder. I know Anglophones who struggled learning Spanish, a language very close to their L1, taking years to reach a proficient level, while becoming very proficient in Mandarin, a very different language from English, in only a month or two.
If you are interested, find out good methods that work for you when learning a language, practice everyday, stay enthusiastic and work hard, then you shouldn't have a problem being pretty good in Russian quite soon. Also, keep in mind that, typically, with each new language it typically gets easier.
Finally, try not to just use Duo. It's a great resource but not all that extensive and with its pitfalls, so supplement it with other things.
There are so many. You can get paid ones like Teach Yourself or Colloquial online, for free, if you don't mind downloading from a peer-to-peer site or elsewhere on the web.
There is this site (I'm linking you to the e-book section that has Russian in it, but there are more Russian resources available elsewhere on the site, if I'm not mistaken) https://sites.google.com/site/soyouwanttolearnalanguage/languagee-books4
There are also sites like http://readlang.com/ (this is probably THE best resource for purely reading in your target language, perhaps even better than a bilingual text), http://lang-8.com/ , http://www.italki.com/ (for video tutoring – though this will cost you some money) , http://livemocha.com/ (this is fairly basic) and forums like http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/index.html that should help you along the way.
You should also find some dictionaries (like http://www.wordreference.com/ ) and phrasebooks (http://www.culturalorientation.net/content/download/1040/6439/file/Russian-phrasebook.pdf and http://wikitravel.org/en/Russian_phrasebook for example) that you like.
There are so many other resources but this should be more than plenty. Have fun!
My boyfriend really improved a lot with Rosetta Stone. The make you repeat vocabulary so many times, that there is no way you will ever forget it after. But also, this software is only good in addition to other methods, not all by itself. Good luck!
I am native Russian, so it's quite challenging for me to estimate the difficulty of my language as I have learned it so long time ago :) However, based on my boyfriend's example of trying to learn Russian I can say that only using Duolingo won't be enough to be fluent. You will learn some grammar constructions and vocabulary, but I think it's worth to look for some audio podcast (as Duolingo does not train this skill almost at all), someone to practice speaking Russian with and a good Grammar book. Good luck with your studies! It is awesome you want to learn Russian! I am sure that with such a commitment you will progress quickly.
The CEO said that it will be out in the next few weeks after they flip the Russian>English Course. And he said that 1-2 weeks ago, so i'm anticipation it to be soon
it's in the incubator.. i'm assuming he means when it comes out and they make a reverse course