https://www.duolingo.com/w00ster

How long for Cyrillic alphabet to feel ''comfortable'' ??

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I've been learning German for almost 3 years now, and I've decided about 4-5 days ago to start learning Russian.

Within a few hours (and a helpful app) I was able to know what sound each letter in the Cyrillic alphabet represent.

I'm now at the stage where I'm slooooowly reading the Russian anthem aloud, even though I still don't know what the words actually mean, that sort of thing. I've learned a few words as well but somehow in my head I can't associate them with what they look like in writing.

I guess it's normal after 5 days that the Cyrillic alphabet is still quite a process for me to read, but I'm just curious as to how long, (I know everybody is different but whatever YOUR answer is) it took everybody here to get ''comfortable'' with the alphabet.

I mean like reading a long-ish word comes as naturally as reading English. Does it get like that eventually, or never? Didn't realize how easy I had it with Deutsch :P

спасибо!!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/poin-dexter

I would say it takes a few weeks of exposing yourself to the letters to get a really firm grasp on it - just read as much as you can (preferably with audio.) You'll get used to it in no time.

Once you start forgetting which way round Ns are supposed to go and read car number plates as if they're written in the Cyrillic alphabet, you're probably good to go ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chirelchirel
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The next stage is reading stuff like power as rower. I have a terrible mess in my head at the moment :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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This. And chirel's comment. My brain is pretty well sorted now so that I don't read "B" as "V" but I'm glad to see it's not just me who can't remember anymore which way around the "N" goes!

But even when you're really comfortable reading Cyrillic, you'll still find reading Russian quite a bit slower than English. That's just because you're used to English and rather than spelling words out one letter at a time, you read whole syllables or words all at once. It will take you a while to get to that point in Russian. After a couple years of reading Russian, I'm not there yet, though much closer than I was.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc
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Reading long-ish words only comes natural when you know the language. Try "reading" Wikipedia in Norwegian, German or Polish. They all use Latin-based script, come on :)

Other than that, it should settle in a few months time. It took me longer than that to read kana fast—maybe it was insufficient practice or just the system seemed too unfamiliar.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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After a couple of weeks I'm still struggling, but it's getting better every day. In the beginning I had to read each letter almost separately, which was really frustrating, but now I can kind of read each word as soon as I see it, only to then realize that I've read some letters in the wrong way at first glance, and this happens especially with the letters Н and В (because of course I've been reading them differently my entire life). Anyway, I'm really curious to see what more experienced learners will say about this topic!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slatour
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I've been doing this Russian course since it came out, and I feel like I am starting to get the hang of the letters and their sounds (I'm a bit of a slow learner). It was really difficult for me for the first few months, but without even noticing it things became easier and easier. I am now at the point where I can just about differentiate the sounds and spell words after hearing them (on Duo, at any rate). I have become very attached to the Cyrillic alphabet, actually, but since I have been reading English for decades and Russian for less than a year, I think it will be a good long while before it is "comfortable."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

I think its different for each person. I personally learned Cyrillic about 2 or 3 months ago? Within a forty five minute long Concert Choir class that everyone was goofing off in. I barely used it. I would open my phones cyrillic keyboard and just voice each letter once or twice each day. Maybe read a tiny bit of Russian. But I dropped learning Russian not a week or two after I learned Cyrillic. However after that I would still encounter Russian or Cyrillic here and there whenever I studied a bit of mongolian or just browsing the internet. And I would naturally try to read it. Unlike learning vocabulary (Which I pick up very quickly and lose very quickly) my Cyrillic skills were not really going away.

I stopped using Cyrillic entirely for a month as I focused more on Asian languages, but considered picking up European languages again recently and I was able to get back into reading Cyrillic very easily. Within like 5 minutes of review. And I don't feel like it takes me that long to read, despite very little study. Prolonged exposure (And being used to learning alphabets, as I already know Hangul, Kana, and Kanji) makes understanding Cyrillic a lot easier. I wouldn't worry too much because before you know it you will be breezing through Cyrillic without even realizing it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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Yeah I agree with some other comments here, a few weeks and you're comfortable, that's how it was to me when I started learning Russian at school last fall

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/morrman
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I used to be like you at one stage. Every day I told myself to read even just a sentence of Russian even if I didn't understand it. Now I feel pretty confident in reading Russian without confusing anything anymore. I can read it in my mind about as fast as I could read English or Spanish aloud to others. The harder part is being able to listen to Russian!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tylerrenick

Well after reading these comments I suppose I'm going to start over with a Cyrillic keyboard. I guess since I have been transferred over here they shouldn't be to hard to find.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Not hard at all. See this post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11449014

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kilire

Finden Sie Deutsch einfach?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/w00ster
w00ster
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Vergleicht mit Russisch, ja wohl!

2 years ago
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