https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Are any of you learning Russian as a gateway language? To which language(s)?

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By Gateway Language, I mean you are learning the language so you can learn other language(s), such as Kazakh, Kyrgyz, or maybe the North Caucasian languages. I am one of those people. I am learning Russian as a gateway to Kazakh, Kabardian, Ossetic, and possibly more in the future. How about you? Are you learning Russian as a gateway language? If so, which language(s) do you want to learn through Russian?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2
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I consider Russian a comfortable gateway to other Slavic languages. I started Polish earlier, but that seems to be the trickiest one to master. I find that Russian is a little easier to grasp, so it makes a nice stepping stone, and I can combine it with Polish and Czech so that all three work together.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ken335502
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That's interesting. I did the opposite, learning Polish before Russian. I found it easier to memorize the vocabulary in the Latin alphabet than in Cyrillic.

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https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
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I heard Polish has more difficult grammar than Russian. the Cyrillic alphabet is not hard to learn

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https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2
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I think the thing that makes Russian easier for me is that several of the case endings are the same, so once you've learned a couple, you can rely on those. There are sooooo many case endings that differ in Polish that it's hard to keep track.

On the other hand, I haven't found Hungarian nearly as intimidating as people say, so maybe I'm just weird. :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ken335502
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I didn't say that it was hard to learn. I just find that Polish words are easier to learn because I'm more used to the Latin script.

I haven't really noticed any large difference in the difficulties of the two languages. Granted, I'm not very experienced in either.

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https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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I am doing the same, and it's eased my transition into Polish.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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That is definitely a good reason to learn Russian. The one language that I would like to learn (but probably will not, as there are several other languages that I would like to learn first) for which Russian may be a vital "gateway" is Mongolian.

FWIW, Russian makes a fairly good gateway to other languages that are also available through other modern languages, although English is at least as good for this as Russian, and French is probably better. IF you don't mind the old fashioned grammar/translation method, Russian has plenty to offer . . . and you must not, as you are planning to study via Russian.

Anyway, best of success! Those would be fascinating languages to learn.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Nikolai_Novikov
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Have you heard of "Монгол Шуудан" ? not really related to Mongolia except to illustrate ties (neighbors after all)

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https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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No, I'd never heard of them. Their article in Википедия is quite interesting, and there is some of their music on YouTube (and Яндекс.Музыка, but I can't listen to that for free from here, it seems). They certainly do look like aging rockers! Thanks for mentioning them; I doubt I'd ever have heard of them, otherwise.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Nikolai_Novikov
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Plenty of them on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9oy3v4ODAk (this is probably their only socially accepted song with lyrics by Yesenin (poet from early 20-th century). But ya, not related to Mongolia in any way other than in name.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ken335502
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Russian wouldn't be super useful for learning those languages. I know that there are many loanwords from Russian, but grammatically speaking those languages are very different. Kazakh is Turkic, Kabardian is Northwest Caucasian, and Ossetic is Iranian (the only language here actually related to Russian, though very distant). You'd probably be better off learning Turkish or Persian, or just learning those languages now.

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https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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The reason Russian is a good source for learning those language is because the majority of resources for learning those languages are in Russian.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ken335502
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Oh, that's what you meant.

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https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0
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I think I may do Polish later. Eventually, I'm going to try to finish all trees, and reach level 25 in all of them, so Russian will help with Polish and Ukrainian.

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https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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Don't forget Czech! :]

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https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0
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Really? I had no idea! How cool!

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https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Certainly not why I started out learning Russian, but it is something I may well do. Top of my list for the moment would be Georgian I think. While I suspect it's better endowed with resources from English than the languages you mention, I believe they're better from Russian.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Far-quaad
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I'd rather be learning Mongolian, but I started it to learn the Cyrillic script.

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https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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Амжилт хүсье! Good luck! I also want to learn some Mongolian.

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Although not my main reason, I suppose I am learning Russian as a gateway to study Karelian. As I found that although English resources for Karelian are scarce, there seem to be a decent amount of resources available in Russian.

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https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang22

I would learn russian if i had to fly in a soyuz to the International Space Station

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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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I'm learning Russian for its own sake ;-) But once I have learned it, I also want to use it as a gateway to learn Tatar.

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I love Turkic languages! Tatar is also one of my goals.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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I know almost nothing about Turkic languages. I love Kazan :-D

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