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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cramos512

Russian is a lot easier than i thought

Its going great, there are a lot of similar words and once you learn the alphabet, it becomes so easy

April 14, 2016

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

Someone hasn't seen this yet... https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12185422

Not wanting to pour cold water on you, but don't expect it to stay easy. When you start running into serious grammar, you may find it quite difficult for a while. But it does eventually begin to get easier again.

April 14, 2016

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

Wow, that's cool. Also, again, a lot of similarities with Finnish :D (The main differences: genders and different rules for 1 / 2-4 / >5)

April 15, 2016

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

So, this article is actually only about cardinal numerals. And after this there's three numerals more. Wow, I won't run out of things to do here.

April 16, 2016

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

It is certainly easier at the moment. My tree has almost stopped degilding and the lessons only have 7 questions! Is it a glitch or has the owl learned how to tell that I'm dreaming in Russian? I woke up this morning with lovely long words dripping off my tongue:)

April 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EuroMC99

16 languages! wtf how do remember all of that lol whats your native language‽

April 15, 2016

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

I'm English. I don't remember all of them. Some of them I haven't looked at for a year:(

But Russian I plan on sticking with.

April 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/9Teen90Three

Как два пальца об асфальт.

April 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex_tv80

Ну, вот вам весело, а иностранцы выучат эту фразу )))

April 15, 2016

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

I thought Russian was going to be like complex grammar and weird sentences but I found out it was easy

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cramos512

yeah, the grammar is actually kinda easy and that surprised me

April 14, 2016

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

yeah I know

April 14, 2016

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

I can agree! before I learned friends were telling me how hard it is to learn. but now that I started it's a little easy. I'm going to finish the Russian course as soon I'm done with Spanish:)

April 14, 2016

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

There are only about three conceptually difficult topics in Russian to learn if you've never studied a similar language, the rest is basically memorisation and practice. These are soft sounds, noun cases and verb aspects (plus verbs of motion)—if you've covered all of that already, congratulations! Otherwise, you might want to hold off on calling Russian easy until you get comfortable with that.

Edit: come to think of it, I might add all those numerous prefixes and suffixes (they can change the meaning completely) and the numeral system (saying numbers in Russian is hard, even for native speakers).

April 14, 2016

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

I consider almost none of these examples specific to Russian though, and in this respect "a similar language" could be almost anything. (The numeral system in Polish is harder. Way harder. You have an idea about how many affixes there are in, say, Finnish?) I would at least add two topics, which on the one hand are (or might be, depending on where you're coming from) precisely difficult conceptually and on the other hand are rather (rather!) specific to Russian. Neither of the two being relevant to the level or mode of learning on Duolingo, however, far from it. One is the use of emotive particles in colloquial speech, of which there are many and whose exact workings or semantics, that aren't always so predictable, may be hard to grasp for someone learning it as a foreign language. Trouble is, in colloquial Russian these are very important since it's usually quite difficult to convey the desired nuances by other means. An even bigger trouble is that apparently many, if not most textbooks on Russian overlook it completely, a generally underestimated area.

The other one is clearly word-stress. If there's one thing really, reeeeeeally difficult about Russian, to my mind, it's stress. Russian word stress is dynamic, it's notoriously unpredictable, and it's a hell of a plight. While getting it wrong of course doesn't only make you sound funny (sometimes it does), but might actually make you say things you'd never intended to say. Or even dreamed of saying. ;) I've met people who still maintained there's a certain system, a logic to it, nevertheless I'm sure this is one of the hardest parts to grasp from a foreign language perspective. It's nothing to worry about in Polish or Czech, by contrast, and I know why Polish' stress is my deliverance and bliss! True, stress in English is also quite irregular, yet not dynamic or "fluid" as in Russian of course and in the sense that the very same word or constituent may be stressed variously depending on where it happens to pop up. This cannot simply be learned by rote, like you'd do with English vocabulary...

@Topic: Duolingo is easy. And it's easy because that's just one of its very goals. Like others said, better don't jump to conclusions based on that. ;)

April 15, 2016

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

I'm working on finding some logic in the stress system. It seems like there actually is, at least more than most people think. Though, I've only covered feminine and masculine nouns I've encountered on Duo so far (I'm currently working on the neuter nouns). My results are still too vague to be shared with others, but once I'm done, I'll share them :)

April 15, 2016

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

You do raise a number of good points. I should have actually said “if you've never met these features in other language before”. Thanks for your insight!

Duolingo is easy. And it's easy because that's just one of its very goals.

I think this is the real answer here.

April 15, 2016

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

What are emotive particles? I'm a total n00b in Russian.

April 16, 2016

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

Usage of numbers with nouns is no walk in the park, too, if only a bit easier because it can be memorized. Numbers themselves... not as hard.

April 15, 2016

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

Yep. Numbers are so easy in English. We don't bother changing them at all. But in Russian, yikes. Can I get a break from these giant tables of stuff? I like them, but Russian, you're going a bit crazy with them.

April 15, 2016

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

I find the tables interesting as they help me understand how learning Finnish might feel. I really haven't understood before how much information about morphology one must have in order to be able to understand and use all different forms. As I learn Russian I must see these kinds of tables to better understand the system, so how come I don't need to see the big picture with Finnish?

April 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hugo9191

In terms of grammar, it's basically a lot like Portuguese. Word order, even some words are written and sound the same! (температура = temperatura). Still, for me, the problems arrive when it's time to write down the bigger words, with those I still have some problems.

April 14, 2016

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

native Russians too)

April 14, 2016

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

Russian is Portuguese with cases and slavic words xD. that is how it feels to me.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hugo9191

And easier verbs, I don't know how far along you are in Portuguese, but if you knew the amount of possible verb tenses, you'd go crazy :p

April 14, 2016

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

xD, yeah there are a lot of them.

April 14, 2016

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

the tough part(at least for me back in the day) were the noun tenses. But generally because Cyrillic is a larger alphabet it's easier. The alphabet makes it seem harder, but it really isn't any harder than French or German.

April 14, 2016

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

I agree with you. I speak Finnish and there's a surprising amount of similarities on the grammar level, some very subtle things. I'm getting close to the second checkpoint, so I'm not that far in the tree yet. I do expect it to get harder soon.

April 15, 2016

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

I am doing OK with reading, but I struggle with speaking. So many rules!

May 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robrob1961

The alphabet makes it appear more difficult than it truly is. Obviously the greater number of conjugations than found in English can be problematic but overall it's not bad.

February 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimbird5

Glad you found it easy. I've been doing it for 10 months now, and it's melting my brain :(

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