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Almost two years ago, I tried to learn Russian. Remember this post, where I showed you all of my hard work? Then I became lazy and undisciplined, and gave up. Suddenly there's a renewed desire to put my linguist cap back on and redeem myself! So, today I enrolled again in beginning Russian classes through the adult education program in my community. The class is called "Russian the Fun Way" and the course description is:

"Explore something new and have fun this summer learning the basics of the Russian language. You will learn the Cyrillic alphabet and easy conversation skills. We'll also discuss interesting historical and cultural facts related to Russia and neighboring countries which pertained to the former Soviet Union."

Maybe this class is too basic for me, but it will be a nice refresher on basic Russian phonetics and phrases. I'm already a pro at writing the Cyrillic alphabet. :)

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If my blog audience continues to grow, perhaps it could lead to more sponsored travel opportunities. However, all blogger tours associated with LiveJournal are conducted in Russian, not English. I'm completely lost in this environment, as I experienced during the Sochi journey. All other participants of the expedition were Russian, and almost all announcements were made in the language. I understood only a few words in each sentence.

My classes start on 16 July, and will meet each Thursday for 2 1/2 hours for six weeks. Cost for the course is $135 USD. If it's interesting to readers, I will discuss the language lessons and classes on the blog. Wish me luck! :)) And please share my blog with other English speaking Russians who may be interested!

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u4450b
May. 21st, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Спасибо!
werter1245
May. 21st, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Шпаргалку в огонь !!
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
:))
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alsh4ka
May. 21st, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Good Luck!
Ни пуха, ни пера!!!
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
"Break a leg!" We also have this expression in English. :)
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1way_to_english
May. 21st, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
If you have problems with numbers,
you should avoid parts of the body.
They are far from being useful compared to numbers and colors.
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
Most parts of the body are difficult to pronounce. The problem with Russian words is that they are sooo long!! It seems in English we use much shorter words, but maybe I just don't notice long English words as a native speaker.
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wzfun
May. 21st, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
:-)
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! It's a very difficult language to learn. So, I will need reader support. :)
sergechel
May. 21st, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ы is the hardest one :)

good luck )
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
I still don't understand the proper sound for this letter. For an English speaker, it's completely foreign. And also understanding the phonetic difference between Ж and З!! :))
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pin_gwin
May. 21st, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
By the way
Listening CD with Pimsleur Russian in your car could help almost with no effort. You may feel commute time increased though.
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: By the way
Our last study book came with an audio CD. It was essential to hear a native pronounce the words. Helped a lot!
kreyzi
May. 21st, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
ты молодец )
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
I hope I'm more disciplined this time. :)
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peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I think English is very simplistic when compared to Russian. We have no gender, and not so many variations of tenses.
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Just learn the word daughter. - xpo_xpo_xpo - May. 22nd, 2014 01:54 am (UTC) - Expand
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Learn Japanese: it has politeness. - xpo_xpo_xpo - May. 22nd, 2014 01:47 am (UTC) - Expand
In Russian it's quite simple usually. - xpo_xpo_xpo - May. 22nd, 2014 02:09 am (UTC) - Expand
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gallon
May. 21st, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
Luuuck)

The transcriptions look omg :) Think about studying Russian transcription, it might help you understand sounds better. I mean, Russian sounds simulated with English syllables are realyy far from truth :)

Say, 'двенадцать' has no 'dee' in the beginning. It's more like [,dv'ǝ 'nʌttsat'], v' and t' represent soft consonants.
N. B. Despite being written 'Дцать', 'д' is pronounced like 'т', [t] decause it's before a breath consonant 'ц'. Moreover, since 'ц' is in fact pronounced as a quick 'ts' and has an extra [t] before, you get a long [tts], like in a made-up word 'puttso'.
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You do not like my Cyrillic writing? :)) I thought it was good!
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irynahappy
May. 21st, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Удачи! Можем пообщаться, поупражняться, попрактиковаться в скайпе))) Good luck! We can communicate, exercise, practice at Skype))).
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
It is a good idea to have Skype lessons with readers. I will think about it after I learn to speak more phrases. :) I used to practice with one of my Ukrainian friends on Skype, and it was useful!
real_marsel
May. 21st, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
Very difficult language!
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree! But in the summer time I rarely go outside or travel because I can't stand the heat. So, this seems like a good time to be disciplined and learn, while I'm locked in my air-conditioned apartment.
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peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: good luck
Thank you! I need a lot of luck!!
yarowind
May. 21st, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
Желаю тебе удачи:)
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Спасибо! I understood your statement without using Google translate. Hooray!
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ianonymousa
May. 21st, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
Желаю удачи в изучении русского языка! =) I wish you luck!
peacetraveler22
May. 21st, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! I will probably document my study efforts on the blog, so you can follow my progress.
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