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Old 06-10-2016, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Schaumburg
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I took Russian in the military, and while it was harder at first to learn the Russian alphabet, I didn't find it nearly as hard as some languages like Japanese, where the verb is at the end of the sentence.

I think it's much easier to learn 2 vastly different languages like Russian and Spanish, than 2 similar languages like Spanish and Italian.

THat being said, a boring class is not a way to learn a language. It might be okay at first, but I would go with an online program where you can learn at your own speed.

My library offers an online program called Mango languages, which my MIL used for Spanish. They offer several languages including Russian.

I still use Russian a lot in my work at a hospital. The key is to learning a language is to find people who only speak the langauge. I also did some volunteer work with recently arrived Russian immigrants.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:11 PM
 
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Has anyone ever tried to master French? Seriously, folks.

There is this false idea that circulates heavily around the world: the more a language is exotic, the more it is difficult.

I have found aspects of Russian to be refreshingly simple; but there are a few aspects that are painstakingly difficult.

Comparing languages in a general sense if a big no-no. However, comparing aspects between two different languages is legitimate, provided you can support your ideas.

Learning a foreign language well depends on many factors:

1) Similarity of foreign language to your native tongue

2) Your motivation/effort

3) Your natural ability for picking up languages/imitating accents

4) Cultural distance between your mother tongue and the new foreign language
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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A small sample:

a black cat = чёрный кот
(I speak to the) black cat = с чёрным котом
(I think about a) black cat = о чёрном коте
(I give to the) black cat = чёрному коту
(I cannot live without a) black cat = чёрного кота

to drive = ехать
(I) drove = ездил
(I) have driven = съездил
(I) will drive = поеду

(I) like (this book) = нравится
(I) liked (this book) = понравилась
(This book that I) like = нравящяяся
(This book that I) have liked = понравившаяся
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