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dagojr
Groupie
United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Russian

 
 Message 9 of 76
25 June 2010 at 5:46pm | IP Logged 
I'm an American who has been studying independently Russian for almost a year now.

I'm learning it for personal enjoyment. I simply wanted to learn a language and chose Russian. It's a challenge (understatement), but I'm having fun with it, despite how difficult it is. In fact, it is the challenge of learning such a difficult but interesting and important language that I enjoy.

I feel like I'm making OK progress, though considering the time I have put in, I wish I was much better! I can read most texts with a dictionary, a few without, and even recently had a simple conversation on Skype (yay!).

I still have a LOT of struggles with the language. My biggest are remembering words, following speech at normal speed, and producing the language myself, though I could list many others if I wanted to. I suppose these are normal problems for someone at my level. But I'm happy I chose this language, even if it is incredibly frustrating at times!

Edited by dagojr on 25 June 2010 at 5:47pm

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Fat-tony
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jiahubooks.co.uk
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Speaks: English*, Spanish, Russian, Esperanto, Thai, Laotian, Urdu, Swedish, French
Studies: Mandarin, Indonesian, Arabic (Written), Armenian, Pali, Burmese

 
 Message 10 of 76
25 June 2010 at 8:00pm | IP Logged 
I'm British and Russian was the second language I started to learn independently at the
age of 14 (I'm now 25).

At the time I was studying and really enjoying Latin at school when I stumbled upon
some teach yourself books at the local library. I was delighted by the similarities
between the two languages and set to work. Unfortunately, I've always had quite a short
attention span when it comes to languages so I've still not mastered it. Although I've
read some детективы I've never really had any long-term active use, but I managed a few
relatively fluent but drunken conversations during a recent trip to Cyprus.

The future is also unclear, there's a plethora of Russian speakers in my field of
employment left over from the Cold War and I'm focussing more on South and S-East Asian
languages, so it's unlikely that I'll get "fluent" any time soon but I always have a
Russian book on the go and try to listen to BBC Russian reports everyday to prevent
losing what I already have.
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Thatzright
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Finland
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Speaks: Finnish*, English
Studies: French, Swedish, German, Russian

 
 Message 11 of 76
28 June 2010 at 9:44pm | IP Logged 
I'm Finnish, 18 and want to learn Russian for numerous reasons. First off, it's said to be useful in my country since Finland and the Russian Federation are neighbouring countries (not to mention that I also live in Eastern Finland where there actually are some Russians, atleast certainly more than in Western Finland) and many employers appreciate an employee being able to speak Russian - as not many are able to. I'm intrigued by the Russian culture, listen to Russian anthems and hymns as they're all absolutely awesome from the days of the Russian Empire to the current national anthem, listen to just 'regular' Russian music and so forth. I also suspect that learning Russian might've become something of a question of pride for me already too, as I tried to study it last summer but eventually gave up... I don't think I'll ever be satisfied without reaching fluency now :-( / :-)
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lynxrunner
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United States
crittercryptics.com
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361 posts - 461 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish*, French
Studies: Russian, Swedish, Haitian Creole

 
 Message 12 of 76
07 July 2010 at 10:28pm | IP Logged 
Привет!

Меня зовут ЛинксРоннер. Я изучаю русский язык уже один год и два месяцаи и желаю его
выучить.

Вот почему я учу русский язык: у меня был интерес в советском обществе и политике. Я
тоже из коммунистической страны (Кубы). Я знаю, что Российская Федерация, это важная
страна в современном мире.

Hi!

My name is LynxRunner. I've studied Russian for a year and two months and I wish to
master it. =

Here's why I study Russian: I am interested in Soviet society and politics. I am also
from a communist country (Cuba). I know that the Russian federation is an important
country in the contemporary world.
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Masapena
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Finland
Joined 3386 days ago

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Speaks: Finnish*, English
Studies: Swedish, French

 
 Message 13 of 76
07 July 2010 at 10:53pm | IP Logged 
Hello everyone!

I'm 19 year old finn, so Russian feels like a natural option. For some reason, studying
it isn't as popular it could be among the finnish youth. Hopefully mastering Russian will
therefore make me more employable *laughs*

I'm intrested in Russian culture, literature, politics and history. Each of these
interests can be pursued much better with some language skills. It's pathetic how bad the
public discussion on Russia is in Finland. And Санкт-Петербург the nearest large city!

I've grown to hate formal language classes, so I just began to study the language a few
days ago. It's looking really promising compared to my French lessons.
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clang
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United States
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Studies: Russian, Italian

 
 Message 14 of 76
12 July 2010 at 11:52am | IP Logged 
I'm an American living in Moldova. A year ago I couldn't tell the difference between Russian-accented Romanian and
Russian. Today Russian is my life; work, study, and socializing all happen in Russian.

The language seems never-endingly complex, but the deeper I get, the more interested I am to continue. Как
говорят, русский язык очень богатый.


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lynxrunner
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United States
crittercryptics.com
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Speaks: English*, Spanish*, French
Studies: Russian, Swedish, Haitian Creole

 
 Message 15 of 76
13 July 2010 at 9:09pm | IP Logged 
     Здравствуйте. Меня зовут ЛинксРоннер. Я живу в Америке. У меня есть мать,
сестра и отец. Я живу с моим матерей и отцём.
     Моя комната – розовая. У меня есть много книг. Я люблю читать. Теперь я читаю
книгу, которая называется «Джейн Ейр». Ето – история девочки, который любит человека с
секретом.
     Мне нравится смотреть телевизор и фильмы. Я не смотрю русские фильмы часто.
     Я изучаю русский язык потому, что я интересуюсь советским союзом. Изучаю уже
один год. Моя цель – это читать русские книги без трудностей. Хочу сидеть в интернете
на русском.
     Мне нравится идти в гости к моим друзьям. Мы говорим о вещах, как Гарри Поттер
и политике.
     Вроде бы, что быть взрослый, это не незаботная время. Не хочу стать взрослым
человеком. Люблю детство.

Wanted to expand it more. :)

Edited by lynxrunner on 13 July 2010 at 9:10pm

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TEM
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United StatesRegistered users can see my Skype Name
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Russian, Latin

 
 Message 16 of 76
22 July 2010 at 7:52pm | IP Logged 
Здравствуйте. Я 23-ый американец и уже учился русском языком два года. Я хотел бы очень хорошо
говорить по-русский после один год, но не за что. Сейчас мне кажется что я всегда быстрее понимаю
больше и больше, чем раньше. И самая важная-- что этот процесс мне нравится.

Почему я учу русский язык? Мне очень интересуются русский культур, литература, история, и другие вещи
касающийся России. Я очень хочу когда-нибудь уехать к Россию, но сейчас деньги нет. Кроме того, по-
моэму, звуки русского языка очень красивые и вообще русские язык красивый смотря на грамматику и
разговорный аспектов, и т.д. Я тоже хочу в будущее использовать мой понимание русского языка как моск к
другими славяньскими языками.

Hello. I'm a 23 year old American who's already been studying Russian for two years. I had wanted to be able to
speak Russian very well after a year of study. But oh well-- it's not so important. Recently it seems I've
constantly been understanding more and more Russian faster than before, as well as the most important thing--
that I'm enjoying the process.

Why do I study Russian? I'm quite interested in Russian culture, literature, history, and all sorts of things
concerning Russia. I really want to travel to Russia some day, but right now I don't have enough money. Besides
all that, in my opinion the Russian language sounds very beautiful, and in general is a very beautiful language
when considering things like grammar and colloquialisms etc. I also eventually want to use my understanding of
Russian as a bridge to learning other Slavic languages.

Edited by TEM on 22 July 2010 at 7:56pm



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