After 1 month of studying it, what do I think about learning Russian language?
This is a video of me talking in Russian with Katia and Nastya, two native russian girls, after 32 days of studying the language.
The Incredible part is that…
The incredible part of my Journey into the Russian language is that it took only few days to be able to understand basic conversation, being able to partecipate and talk with people.
I am living in Vilnius where many people speak Russian, but I never made the effort to understand the language and it just sounded like background noise. Now I can understand people when they talk and I recognize lots of words. Incredible.
I understand Russians…and I can talk with them
As I said, it’s incredible how short time it takes to be able to understand a language. With the basic words in place you can start to make educated guesses and most of the time you are right. And once you understand what people are saying you can find your way into the discussion to get yourself understood.
Learning Russian Is Fun
So far the journey has been simply fun. All I do is
- Russian Music (My all time favorite Родион Газманов: Осторожно
- Michel Thomas cds
- Memrise to get vocabularies
- Bliu Bliu to get exposure to content I can understand
- Watching Friends in Russian (Season 8 Episode 4, The One With the Videotape!)
I am getting so many new vocabularies form Friends. I know almost every episode by heart so when I listen to them in Russian I know already what they will say.
And maybe it’s fun because I am not studying the grammar!
Is Russian Grammar Hard to Learn?
I have no idea. I hear from everybody that Russian grammar is simply impossible.
So I decided to entirely skip the grammar. People are worried that if they don’t study the grammar they won’t be able to speak correctly and according to these believes, my Russian should be really broken…but I don’t think I am making a lot of mistakes on these videos, at least no more that I would make after studying the grammar.
I am trying to understand the essence of the language. When I speak I try to feel if it sounds right or not, without thinking of any rule (as I don’t really know any rule).
I can read Russian
I am not very good at reading yet but after a month I can read it 60/70%. I am learning how to read simply by listening to the audio version of many texts and connecting sounds with words or phrases.
I can’t write in Russian
I made the decision not to learn how to write in Russian. I can write my name and few other words but nothing more. I want to become really good at speaking and reading first, after that I will start focusing on writing. At this stage it’s too early and too painful.
The Road to Mastery
My videos kinda look all the same, I am saying the same things all over again. But even if consciously I don’t have the feeling I am progressing very fast, as the first days, I know that subconsciously my brain is absorbing Russian and making new connections in my brain. Plateau are normal when you are acquiring a new skills. I read GEORGE LEONARD’S BOOK “MASTERY” and I love what another reader has to say about it:
One of the most valuable realizations that came from the book is learning to love the plateau. You will spend most of your journey toward mastery plateaued.
I wish my level would be better but for the amount of effort I have been putting, in just a month, I am surprised of the results. Next week I will move to Berlin and I am looking for Natives to talk with. I also decided to wake up earlier in the morning and work for 30 minutes every day on acquiring more words.
Learning Russian it’s fun!!