NEW TO DUOLINGO
Hello, I am new to Duolingo and currently a level 2 on Russian. I was wondering if anyone has tips, Russian knowledge, or anything to improve my experience. Thanks!
On Duolingo: You should read the tips & notes before beginning a skill and again in between each lesson to reinforce your knowledge and understanding of the grammar bits being explained. I would recommend writing down each word you learn (with the gender) in a notebook (it worked for me with Portuguese, but may not work for you). Do at least some review every day, even if everything appears to be golden. Don't go too fast, it's always better to learn one lesson per week than race through five skills in a day and then abandon everything for a month.
Outside of Duolingo: Listen to music: You won't understand everything, probably almost nothing at first and don't worry about it. Just listen to get the feel of the language and get used to the pronunciation. Song lyrics could also help you with speaking (after a while I began using Portuguese phrases I learned from songs without having any understanding of the grammar behind then, but just somewhat understanding their meaning). After a bit, start reading, whatever small texts you're able to find, memes are a good place to start :D Also, a good idea would be to find a penpal. This would give you more motivation to learn and practice so that you'll be able to impress them with your new knowledge and you'd have someone to answer your questions and correct your mistakes. With time, maybe you'll even attempt a conversation in Russian :D
Enjoy Russian! Удачи!
Welcome to Duolingo :) I'm not going to give any advise because as you can see, I'm not that High myself :)
Good luck with your Russian Tree!!! :D I don't have much knowledge of this Website... but I will say this: Work day by day on Duolingo to improve your knowledge. What motivates me to do this is to make sure I stick to my goals of language learning and to make sure that I keep my streak.
Do not rely on Duolingo alone. Memrise is pretty good at reinforcing word memorization, and has a course that follows the Duolingo Russian course.
Watch some videos and listen to music to help immerse. I've only started scratching the surface with this. 3ears.com looks like it can be a good website to help with this.
HelloTalk is a pretty good app for conversing with people who are strong in the language you're learning but looking to learn your native language.
And like JanisaChatte said, get a notebook and write things down. Listen to the audio, and use forvo.com if the audio on Duolingo does not sound right. Reading, hearing, and writing everything will really help to reinforce what you are trying to learn. Read the comments on each part of each lesson, especially if you do not understand why you may have gotten something wrong. There is a ton of very good information that can be found there.
Have fun and good luck!