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The Russian course really does work

Hello, for anybody who is new to the app and interested in Russian, I just wanna say that I've been on the Russian for for over 100 days now, and I just wanna say, I love it! I'm half way through the course now, and I've learned so much! I peruse through Rusnet websites, to immerse myself into the language, and while I can't read every word, I can still read quite a bit, and I'm only just half way through the course.

Thank you so much Duolingo team for the hard work <3 Thanks to you, I'm finally learning my dream language

June 18, 2018



I can definitely second this! If you pair the Russian course with the 10K Word Memrise deck, you can get to a relatively proficient reading level and decent speaking level in ~6 months or so. Unlike some other courses (cough Mandarin Chinese cough) the Russian course is really well-maintained and does a great job of giving you a more intuitive understanding of the language.


That's literally exactly what I did! Within 6 months I was having conversations with people on HelloTalk and was having no difficulty reading articles on ria :)

2 years into my study I can read books, carry on conversations freely, and get TONS of compliments when I'm in Russia. I like to think it's thanks to the great foundation I got here on Duolingo

it's a really great course and shows you just how easy Russian actually is!


I also took up Russian about two years ago, but since I had to put it on hold thanks to the end-of-high-school workload, I've lost a lot of my speaking and writing ability. I've been getting back into it in the past few weeks, though, and hopefully I'll get the opportunity to study in Russia in the future!

Russian is definitely not nearly as hard as it's rumored to be. The vocabulary isn't as immediately intuitive like for Spanish and French (and to a lesser extent German), but I think once you get a solid foundation in core vocabulary, it becomes much much easier. The only thing I still struggle with sometimes are verbs; I can never remember the difference between pokhodit' and skhodit' or between primechat' and zamechat'. I figure it's better to figure that out just by exposure, though.


For me Russian was far harder than it was rumored to be, I struggle so much with the different verb forms.


Yes! That course is really good for memorizing words and I still use it to review more obscure vocabulary. (I wrote the original comment but made a new account in the 2 years since)


Молодец, труд хорошо окупается


I've completed the entire Russian course ( albeit on another account ), and I still can't read anything in Russian... I have a terrible memory.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzeiphNaurs&index=62&list=WL&t=0s 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBMfg4WkKL8&index=103&list=WL&t=0s These should really help, the first one is a really good russian youtuber i like to watch who does a lot of lessons about russian culture and language. Number 2 can be applied to any language and was really helpful to me.


Thank you. I started Russian yesterday, I think, and have zero skill so far (but am starting to recognize words), and your post cheered me up :) I do really want to learn this language, so will keep it up due to the positive review. And the ones following your post in this thread.


No problem! The key to it all is to not give up! We can become study partners in russian or something if you want :)


That's very kind, but if there's one thing I've learned about how I learn, it would be that I have to do it myself. I'm both shy and competitive, which is a deadly combination v.v


I agree. It has been a long road, much longer than for French, but my comprehension is beginning to feel unforced and natural. I rarely need to resort to slow-motion audio and can toggle swiftly between Roman and Cyrillic keyboards with no perceptible deceleration in typing speed. I don't pause for eons on old questions, trying to recall rote-memorized vocabulary.

However, it has taken me a LONG time to get to this point -- the point where I can respond spontaneously to questions without thinking or, better still, think through the complex ones in Russian, rather than mentally translating those questions (and answers) into and out of English first. That's when I knew I was over the hump, that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and that I would someday indeed become fluent. I am not fluent yet (far from it!) but the self-doubt and cognitive obstacles have been overcome.

I didn't reach this point until level 17 or 18. French began clicking a lot earlier for me, as did German. Kudos to FluffyDasher for getting there so much earlier.

And thank you, DL Russian team, for making this possible. Троекратное ура!


Don't get me wrong, it's certainly still very difficult, but it will be worth it :)


The Russian course here is indeed excellent, and always deserving of another round of applause. It's so well planned and implemented, it should be considered a model for other courses to aspire to. The course designers did a tremendous job, both in their initial initial work preparing the course and in the subsequent years of support and refinement.


yes, but in some point i need more like a grammatical explanation for example, what is the difference between Хорошо , хорош, хороший, хорошем and хорошая,and with the genitive


My best go at an explanation (but be warned, I am not a native speaker of Russian, and so this may not be totally accurate):

Russian adjectives have two forms: long-form and short-form, which are used in different contexts. Russian long-form adjectives are what you find in the dictionary and are used much more often than the short-form. Generally, any time an adjective directly modifies a noun (e.g. green eggs, black cat, etc.), the long form is what's used. The masculine nominative form will always end in -ый/-ий, feminine -ая/-яя, neuter -ое/-ее, and plural -ые/-ие. However, if the adjective is not describing the subject of the sentence, it has to be changed accordingly, depending on its usage.

Examples of the long-form being used:

Он - хороший человек = He is a good person.

Я люблю мою прекрасную девушку = I love my beautiful girlfriend.

Я нашёл этого щенка в тёмном здании = I (masc) found this puppy in a dark building.

Russian short-form adjectives, on the other hand, are almost always used in "[NOUN] is/are [ADJECTIVE]" constructions. You can recognize short forms by the fact that they are shorter than their long-form counterparts; masculine forms will have no ending, feminine will end in -a, neuter in -o, and plural in -ы/-и. Short-form adjectives do not change depending on their usage in the sentence. Not all Russian adjectives have short forms, though. Generally, if the dictionary form of the adjective ends in -ий and the letter before that isn't ш, щ, ж, ч, or к, it won't have a short form.

Examples of the short form being used:

Я очень устала = I (fem) am very tired.

Почему он так счастлив? = Why is he so happy?

Броня крепка и танки наши быстры... = Our armor is strong and our tanks are swift... (first lines of the song Марш советских танкистов)

Occasionally, long-form adjectives are used in this way as well (usually with adjectives that lack short forms), but, for the most part, you can count on that not happening.

So, to recap:

The long form is used when the adjective is directly connected to the noun, meaning in English or Spanish there would not be a "to be" verb between them. The short form is used when the adjective is being equated to the noun, meaning in English or Spanish there would be a "to be" verb between them.

Hope that makes sense!


Хорошо спасибо! You help me a lot, i understand your answer perfectly. The recap part it's the best, with this I can understand better. But at some point I feel like I'm stuck with the vocabulary, and my pronunciation me off a lot, but I try to continue


The course is really good, and if you see the lerning method is more "natural" than other courses or apps, a tip to lear the language are sing songs in russian and when you see and object, try to say and remember the russian word. im soo sad because my natie language is spanish


I believe that, but be patient, the next month, we can take the course for spanish speakers and Im so very happy.


good news, but i don't know i have a lot of progress (for i) but yeah good news next the Ukrainian course i hope


I want to join in the chorus of people seconding your opinion, and to second phopkins1's recommendation to pair it with the companion Memrise course as well.


The Russian course is great indeed ! I completed it the first time 2 years ago when I had started my first course at school, it helped me to learn faster when I used Duolingo at the same time. Now I've studied quite much Russian at the university and I've watched a lot of youtube videos and movies and I feel like redoing the entire tree helps me now even more because I know the basics already quite well.


Check out on the reverse tree too; it has skills that help with the vocabulary. удачи!


how long does it take to get used to the russian keyboard? I’m noticing progress, but I still type slow af. Because of that I struggle to muster up motivation to do russian lessons any more than 2 days a week on average lol..


It took me a week or too. But since I'm not always home, I have to do duolingo on my phone; and since I'm not a realllyyyy big fan of the app, I use the desktop version duolingo on the Google chrome app, that way I can use learn whereever I want, or maybe when I am home, I can be lazy and lie on my bed, do Duolingo and tell me mom "Hey, don't nag me to be productive. I did something productive!! =^="

But for real, if you want to use Duolingo with a Russian keyboard, perhaps you could use it on your phone. Now, since I'm not a fan of the Duolingo app, I use the desktop site of Duolingo on my phone, mostly because I find the desktop site to be more challenging and less casual than the Duolingo app. Maybe try that? It took me about a day to get used to the Russian keyboard on my phone, lol

I personally haven't gotten used to the desktop keyboard yet, I'm rarely home, and whenever I am, and I'm on my keyboard, I honestly just prefer to sit back on my chair, flip out my phone, and just do Duolingo that way. To top it off, the Russian-English keyboards are confusing because they're mixed up between English and Russian characters, and it sure can be annoying.


The windows on screen keyboard is a good option, in my case I have a surface pro, and for me is really easy type in russian, it feels like the duolingo app, but with the voice exercises, and hes the duolingo web page is better but the app is easier to use


I've been using https://www.keybr.com to learn to touch type Russian keyboard layout on a VS int. keyboard. Turns out to be a great help for me on my desktop computer.


It did not work very well for me it is hard to remember everything the other languages i did so far where way easier i have to resort to other means of learning


hy!! keep doing russian! :)


What are some of the Russian websites you peruse?


Так держать!


how long long did you take to get halfway? to me it seems it's gonna take about two years for the entire app. been on it since 70days and only past 1st checkpoint last week :(


This is day 590 for me. I have completed all skills at level one and am now going back up the tree doing levels 2-5 for each skill. I found this approach gave me a good overview of the language, and now I am better able to study each skill more deeply. It is going much faster this time. That said, 590 days to reach this point. Likely another 590 to go.


EDIT: Just realised this is a very old thread.

Russian course is very annoying when it keeps correcting me because of trivial mistakes or incorrect word order. It makes me want to quit. Sometimes I write down a sentence and no, I forgot to add "the" like I am supposed to learn better English and not a completely different language. Other times it forces me to use informal or formal wording because the developers behind it envisions a sentence to be informal. Well, how was I supposed to to know that!? I can't read anyone's mind. I could say a lot against Duolingo.

On the other hand, I have noticed that I have learned quite a lot. I can make sentences in Russian. I believe that the effort is on us (language learners) but Duolingo has been a very useful tool. And it needs to keep improving and expanding.

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