Finished the Russian tree!
Good evening everyone,
after 6 months I finished the Russian tree today, hoorah!
However, now I am wondering how to further improve my Russian. I feel it is still to weak in terms of general understanding and vocabulary.
Somebody mentioned lingvist, which looks ok and would be my preferred way of going on.
Also, some youtube channels might be helpful to improve listening abilities
As to doing the reverse tree, I am not sure if that pays off.
I am wondering if someone in this lovely and helpful has some experience, how to successfully go on after finishing the tree.
I would say reverse trees can certainly pay off. There's a reasonable amount of grammar you've got to master for Russian. On a reverse tree, you've got to use it, and you'll quickly discover what you haven't actually mastered yet.
I haven't spent a whole lot of time with Lingvist Russian. I would tentatively say it's a great tool but it under-emphasizes noun and even more so adjective declension. So if that's still a problem area, you'd be wise to spend some time on resources that focus there somewhat more: reverse tree, even the "forward" tree, which can give you more translation into Russian than you've probably experienced up to now.
Other suggestions here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23762896
To be honest, I find the English from Russian tree more practical and useful. I am not done with even 75% of the real Russian tree, but I can say that the reverse tree is really effective and worth finishing. Also, I may recommend you learnrussian.rt ( I have been sharing it everywhere.I know! ) as it'll help you compose somehow advanced sentences and read comprehensions that will actually improve your reading and writing processes. Удачи!
One of the ways to go on is to find a Russian pen-pal. That way, he/she can correct your mistakes, thereby improving your understanding. You also get to form your own sentences if you do that. This is what I plan to do when I have finished my Polish tree. Pen-pals are the reason my German improved a lot when I was learning it before I knew of Duolingo.
Your understanding of a language comes from using it and from experience.
My experience with the tree has been fantastic. I had trouble with the additional three cases (simply because German only has four cases, not seven like the Slavic languages have) and with the pronunciation (still have trouble with some words, though) when I first began, but I can now safely say that I am beginning to understand Polish. I can understand parts of songs, and it is truly one of the best feelings ever.
I personally believe it is one of the best courses here on Duolingo.
Maybe I will give it a shot too, as my wife is from Poland, and our children are beginning to understand English...
I fear its easy to mix it up with Russian, as that is not very solid in my brain yet. Regards!
Да, я могу писать по русский. Трудно, и мне надо использоваюсб словарь, потому что я не знаю достаточно слова.
Here's an earlier discussion of the same subj.
The reverse course is really worthwhile, as several people have said. You'll translate into Russian about 80% of the time, just the opposite of the Russian for English speakers that you just finished.