Learning to speak Russian from Zero (Why Learn Russian? (Russia is the…
Learning to speak Russian from Zero
Is Russian Hard to Learn?
Is Cyrillic Hard to Learn?
Is the grammar really difficult?
What about Russian pronunciation?
Isn't the vocabulary completely different from my language?
Why Learn Russian?
Russia is the largest country in the world and Russian is spoken by 'x' number of people.
Lingua franca in Eastern Europe and parts of Central Asia
It's the most widely spoken Slavic language and opens up a new family of languages to you
Travel in Russia or Eastern Europe
Family/friend/partner speaks Russian
Business - more and more business opportunities in Russia
Career - useful language for diplomacy
Why/How I started learning Russian
Interest in Russian history
Fascinated by such a large country and how it could be different from my own
Interested in learning about the real life effect of the Communist state model on the everyday lives of the people?
The big question: What is Russian really like?
We hear so much about Russia through western media or through biased Russian media. But what to the people think? How do they feel? What are their lives like?
The intervention of fate - a cheap Russian textbook I picked up while in Riga, Latvia.
Do I need to learn the Cryllic Alphabet?
Yes, you should learn it.
Reason 1: Romanisation is not common in Russian learning materials like it is in materials for Asian languages like Chinese or Japanese
Reason 2: Cyrillic is really easy. You can learn it in a matter of hours.
Link here to Glossika's alphabet training game
Reason 3: If you visit Russia, you need cryllic in order to be able to read a menu or anything else you come across!
Learning the basics
Learning the basic idea of when they're used is a great starting point
i.e. Genitive = of, Instrumental = with, Accusative = who/what
Are they really important? How do I learn them?
At first - no. You should focus on learning to use the language first. Once you've learned some vocabulary and called basic conversations (even if they're full of errors) you can start to perfect your grammar.
In the long run, yes, they're pretty important. It doesn't matter if you make the odd mistake - it happens, and even Russians themselves don't speak perfectly all the time! - but having a decent grasp of which case to use when is quite important if you want to reach a good conversational level.
Learning the endings and pronouns for each case
You'll be able to pick up most of this through context if you learn the basic situations for each case and then notice the patterns.
Some will quickly become obvious (Acc - у, ю; Inst. - ом)
For the more difficult endings, use mnemonics
Brief explanation of mnemonics + a couple of examples.
Link to Memrise mnemonics post
Verbs of motion
'X' steps to conversational Russian
Glossika: Russian Alphabet Game
Glossika: Russian Fluency 123
Michel Thomas: Perfect Russian