Questions tagged [russian]

For questions about the Russian language and its dialects.

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Should I be learning gender too when learning Russian nouns?

I'm currently just beginning to learn Russian so I'm trying to memorize the top 500 nouns... and then I'll do that same for adjectives and verbs, and everything else (obviously not just that but yeah)....
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Grammar book for Russian B2-C1 exam preparation

I would like to review Russian grammar for passing the entry exams at a Russian university. Can you please suggest books where I can find structured chapters on Russian grammar? UPDATE I can ...
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Best way to improve your ability in a language post A-Level (Exams at age 18)

It is fairly clear how to get your standard of language up to an A-level standard (exams taken at age 18 in the uk) due to clear syllabi and textbooks up to this standard. However, I find that past ...
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What is the easy and effective way to learn in tandem live, when speaker A has B1 and speaker B barely has A1 in the language of A speaker?

I learn German (~B1), my friend learns Russian (~A1, just a little bit of the vocabulary and ability to pronounce the text). Mainly we communicate through English. Next couple weeks we live together, ...
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How can I sound more 'native'?

I'm fluent in French and Russian - by which I mean that I don't have any trouble reading novels and can easily converse in either without making grammatical errors or feeling uncomfortable - and have ...
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Resources aimed at slavic speakers

Do you know any good resources for learning Russian aimed at (native) speakers of some other slavic language? I have a few yugoslav textbooks, for instance "Ruski u 100 lekcija" (Špis, Gavela) which ...
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Looking for something like Babbel.com's vocabulary trainer

Babbel.com used to have a great vocabulary trainer. They still do, but you can't add your own words anymore. I used to create my own lists. Such as "colors", "days of the week" or whatever. However, ...
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How to learn conjugations?

Perhaps it's because I'm still not very familiar with Russian but I often find myself using the wrong conjugation for specific verbs. How do I go about memorizing those? I thought about drawing a ...
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Are there standard verbs that are proven to help learning a new language?

I'm learning Russian and I wonder whether there is a list of verbs that are proven to be essential for learning a new language. I mean "to maintain" is probably less important than verbs like "to ...
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Learning Russian from completely beginner to B2/C1

I have 1 year to learn Russian from completely scratch to at least B2 level in TORFL. I will go to an intensive language course in St. Petersburg, Russia. The course will be 20 hours per week, I ...
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Where can I find graded readers for Russian?

Graded readers are a good type of material for extensive reading. But how do you find graded readers in Russian? The English Wikipedia article graded reader has no link to the same concept in the ...
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How much time will it take a beginner to reach a B2/C1 level Russian language proficiency by self-learning?

Is it possible to reach a B2/C1 in Russian in 4~5 years, when I have no prior experience with Russian or any related language? I'm studying Russian 1 hour a day every single day. Is this enough? I'm ...
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Mnemonics for learning Russian alphabet (Cyrillic)?

I'm looking for resources that use mnemonics for the Cyrillic script, so I can learn the writing system in less time. There are several Cyrillic alphabets, but I am only interested in the Russian ...
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Learn Russian very very fast

I know the Russian alphabet, and I know how to present myself in Russian (say my name, say my age...). I have two weeks to have a correct "Russian level" and I can work 1 hour a day. By saying a "...
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How can I overcome fear and failure when speaking to native speakers of my L2?

I've been studying Russian language on my own for more than 1.5 years. And I'm still bad at it because of lack of speaking practice. I didn't study everyday as I also paused for several months so I'm ...
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Improving my English handwriting in preparation for cursive Cyrillic

I'm currently studying Russian. Currently, our class is only using upright Cyrillic, but I assume that after we learn the whole alphabet, we'll start learning cursive. Unfortunately, my handwriting ...
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Why are there so many downvoted entries on Forvo for the Russian word for “Ukraine”? [closed]

Forvo's entries for the Russian word for "Ukraine", Украина include approximately 11 entries with a negative net vote, some of them with a net score of -2, and including pronunciations by Russians and ...
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What differences are there in the difficulty of learning Ukrainian and Russian to a very basic level?

I'm considering learning either Russian or Ukrainian to a very basic level. Basically, to be able to read out loud written text (at least that written in print), and learn a few phrases. I've already ...
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Fastest way to re-acquire?

I'm pretty sure the literal answer to my question is "re-immersion," or some other form of constant study and use of the dormant language. (Indeed, when I have done that with other languages—even for ...
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How can I learn all the rules and exceptions about the Vowel Reduction in Russian?

I've been trying to find the rules and exceptions about this subject, but I can't really find a good source. At this point, I don't know if I'm supposed to learn this in this way. Sorry, I'm kind of ...
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Online resource to study Russian language vocabulary

I'm looking for a website to study new Russian vocabulary. Not any site teaches the right vocabulary for russian language. I speak Russian a little bit and a lot of sites tend to translate wrong. ...
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Have you any ideas on how I can improve my Russian pronunciation? [duplicate]

I want to practise my speaking skills in Russian but I have no conversation partner knowing Russian pretty well to correct all my mistakes. What should I do?