It’s funny how goals change.
When I first got into Russian, all I wanted was to know enough to order food, hail a cab, and buy tickets to the Hermitage. But as I fell in love with the language, my goals changed. I wanted to be able to talk with people. Have conversations. To really, truly communicate.
Boy, was I naieve.
Anyway, to answer the question at hand: Learning Russian can be easy. It can also be difficult. Let me explain.
To have a conversation means you don’t just give information or ask questions — you have to be prepared to receive information, to understand the replies.
In short, to have a conversation means:
You have to know a lot of Russian words.
If this is your goal, then it can still be easy, but it takes time. Of course anything worth doing takes time as you know. You’ll want to read my next blog, because I will list for you the sources I found to be most helpful when I started getting serious about learning Russian.
Here’s a few to help you get started:
By the way, if your goal is (for now) just like mine was, to learn Survival Russian, just the most important, most useful words, then definitely watch the 30 PowerPhrase videos on the site and you’ll see that learning Russian doesn’t have to be difficult. It can even be fun! Just follow the step by step process, and keep in mind the tips above, and learning to speak Russian can be easy.
Cheers from Sevastopol,
- How to Learn Russian: Contextual Learning Part 1
- Tips to Learn Russian Fast
- Must-See List of Resources For Learning Russian – Intermediate
- How to Learn Russian: Contextual learning Part 2
- The Best Way to Learn Russian