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Need Help Memorizing Russian

So, I'm trying to learn those two languages. I'm a fluent English speaker, so some of the words are quite hard to pronounce. The letters are also quite different from English. Whenever I read a Russian word, instead of seeing the Russian characters, I'll form them into my mind as English characters. Which is fine for memorizing, but I feel like I should be seeing them for what they are. If you have any tips that would be great! Thanks!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/VinayakMalhotra.

I dunno if this would be of any help to you, but you should check these out - http://www.memrise.com/ and https://learn.lingvist.com/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-BeckyBarnes-

I'll try checking them out after school one day! Thank you!

1 year ago

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It really helps to learn sentences containing the words you want to remember. Visualize the action of each sentence as you repeat it.

This is old fashioned, but it does work as long as you stick with it: write out by hand the words you want to learn and their definitions, 3 times each, saying them aloud as you do so. Then repeat after a half day, and a day, and a couple of days, which is usually enough--after the second or third time through, write out only the words you don't remember. Every other week or so review your words, and practice those you can't remember.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-BeckyBarnes-

Alright sweet! I'll definitely try and do that. It sounds like a great way to memorize them. Thank you!

1 year ago

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You're welcome. Best of success. (Enjoy the Russian course, too!)

1 year ago

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Frankly, I don't think I'd worry too much about that at the point you're at. That level of familiarity with Cyrillic is something that only comes with time. Of course, the more exercises you do with Russian words, the sooner it will come.

We don't really "know" the Latin alphabet. We know the Latin alphabet for English. Neither you nor I has any idea how to pronounce clhp'xwlhtlhplhhskwts' for instance :) And until I just looked it up - again - an old acquaintance of mine's hometown of Szczecin was pretty much impenetrable, too (and for sure I didn't remember how to spell it!) Thankfully Russian only has things on the difficulty level of the 2nd example :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-BeckyBarnes-

Ok, yeah I'm probably worrying about it too much anyways. XD But definitely I understand what you're saying with memorization comes with time. The Cyrillic alphabet is very hard, so it'll take time to learn. Thanks!

1 year ago

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I would recommend you to use the programme Anki. You can download it here https://apps.ankiweb.net/ . You have to learn how to use it. It totally worths, it has helped me to improve my English pronunciation a lot.

1 year ago

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Try writing the words in IPA. Listen to recordings of the words in forvo.com. Although dictionaries in Russian do not have guides to pronunciation, a learner might have trouble distinguishing цель цел сел съел. Don't believe there is a Russian verb for "to spell."

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