Sometimes it does, yes, because sometimes it’s like dutch, sometimes it’s like french, sometimes it’s even reminds of english. Another thing is russian is truly hard and random. We don’t have strict word order, our words can have so much endings, and cyrillyc: it’s easier to get used to it than thai alphabet (I think), but still.
But definitely it’s easier to learn it for someone whose native language is not english ;)
Yeah, I've heard Russian grammar is not easy! But I've also taken French for a few years, so knowing English, Dutch, and some French will probably make it easier. Some Russian words are almost the exact same in Dutch: Meubel, Rugzak, Beton, and pronunciation is also easier than for native English speakers. I like the article by the way!
I don’t know, for me it mostly works with the words order. You can try to translate dutch sentence in Russian with the same word order and it will make sense (which wouldn’t in english). English, on the other hand, helps with other things around.
As for Norwegian, I don’t know a thing about it, but now want to learn it too!
I think this works with all the languages translated to Russian - we just have such a free word order that almost anything would make sense :) But as I thought it over, I realized that maybe having a lot of cases, verb aspects and so on in my mother tongue helps me understand small nuances in meaning in other languages as well, so in a sense Russian indeed helps in learning Dutch (along with other languages).
And I see that you've already began with norsk, so good luck with it! Once you understand the principle of how words that are similar to dutch ones are spelled in Norwegian, it'll be easy! F.ex. "toe" will be "til", dutch intervocalic "v" becomes "f", "lijk" is "lig", and so on. But there are also some things that keep getting in the way, for instance, when I see an "en" ending, I automatically assume that it is a definite article and get the sentence wrong, and "jij" sounds like "jeg" to my ears, which is "I". Actually I major in Norwegian, so this 8th level on Duo is irrelevant :)
In my view, Russian combines the most complex part of French verb grammar and the most complex part of German noun grammar. The cyrillic alphabet is the slightest difficulty; pronunciation is very logically related to spelling. As a native Swede, I know that many people struggling with Swedish would love to have distinct letters for the "sh" and "ch" sounds!