Cyrillic vs english alphabet
Hi, I want to learn Russian for conversational purposes or travel. I do not want to learn the cyrillic alphabet in order to do this. Is there a way to display the lesson materials in english instead of cyrillic? I thought it was like that when I began the course but now everything is displayed in cyrillic and it doesn't suit my needs - I just don't have the time to devote to learning the written as well as the spoken.
If you want to learn Russian for travel purpose, neglecting the alphabet does not make sense. You won't be able to read any inscription. The street names are doubled in Latin letters only in a few big cities, and only in central parts. All the common things like price etiquettes, street signs, routes of busses and subway are written in Cyrillic. And it might be extremely helpful if you want to say something, but the native can't understand you so you could at least write the word you mean to be understood. Not every Russian understands Latin alphabet. And Cyrillic is indeed easy to learn so if I were you I would invest an evening (it won't take longer!) to get familiar with it.
There is a switch in the upper left corner whenever you do a Russian excercise, which allows you to switch between the cyrillic and the latin script.
Even if you don't feel like teaching yourself to become comfortable with the alphabet, it would definitely be helpful to have at least a basic ability to read it. Being able to read place names and common words on signs is extremely helpful when finding your way in a foreign country.
I would suggest learning Cyrillic even if it isn't "for your needs". It is very easy to learn, for most it takes only a few hours. И в конце концов он тебе все равно понадобится.
Learning Cyrillic does not take long nor much work. You'll be terribly (I'd say impossibly) handicapped, trying to study Russian if you do not know Cyrillic. You will REALLY enjoy studying Russian if you do.
I don't use phones or tablets to study, but do a search on
Cyrillic AND iPhone in the forums, and you'll find information in a few threads.
Thank you Mandiras, for pointing out the "switch" on the website, very helpful - I often do the lessons on the go with the Duolingo app on my iPhone.... but I don't see that same switch there, do you know how to do that in the mobile app?