#1
For a while now I've wanted to learn Russian and I finally feel like I could do it this summer. I hear very good things about Rosetta Stone, but it is fairly pricey (around $220 for the first part). I really do want to learn Russian but I do question my commitment as I have been taking Spanish in school for around 4 years now and despise it. But a good part of that is that the teachers aren't exactly ace.
So what I'm asking is has anyone used Rosetta Stone? How is it?
I imagine Russian is very very hard to learn and even more so due to the different written language, but has anyone taught themselves it?
Hopefully you get the gist of what I'm asking
Thanks!

EDIT: haha learn! not lean! my mistake
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#2
Don't lean on Russians they go mental.

I have no advice on topic I'm afraid but I know it's a pretty hard language.
#3
Learning a different set of symbols isn't necessarily that hard, especially if you're still pretty young. You can get some pretty good starters on the internet, but eventually you'll probably have to fork out to get a decent level of language control.

I think the russians use the Cyrillic character set for writing, but I could be wrong?
#4
Why do you want to learn Russian of all languages?

Learn Spanish or Mandarin instead, far more useful.
#5
Well - I'm russian - my language is quite different from European languages, as its got a Cyrillic base (diff alphabet which will be tricky to learn)

As for written russian - its a pain in the butt - there are way too many exceptions and rules and the whole system I think is badly designed (well after all the commies did it)


But if you're committed and have a genuine academic motivation - then go for it!
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#7
Rosetta Stone is probably the best thing outside of having a tutor to teach you. But Russian is very difficult unless you are already familiar with eastern european languages and even then it's fairly difficult.
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#8
I used rossetta stone for greek once as a demo - it was good, it shows you pictures and stuff and it has a native saying it so you learn how to say it

I'd go for it ...but I'm a langauge freak
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In soviet russia, language learns you!!


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dammit I should have said that!
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#11
I'm teaching myself Russian at the minute, but I've not tried Rossetta Stone. This might help you though:
http://www.masterrussian.com/
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#12
Thanks guys. Especially dinkydaisy. That site looks pretty good.
As for why I want to learn Russian, my family is originally from there, and while no one speaks it still in my family, we have many things from Russia still. So growing up in a household that was heavily influenced by Russia sparked an interest from an early age.
Also I am fairly decent at spanish, although I dislike the spanish department in my school for the reason that they focus far more on respect and culture than on the language itself. While i understand that those are important, I feel that language should be primarily focus of a language class, for the most part at least.
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Also I am fairly decent at spanish, although I dislike the spanish department in my school for the reason that they focus far more on respect and culture than on the language itself. While i understand that those are important, I feel that language should be primarily focus of a language class, for the most part at least.



it must be like this in every school

...when i was doing A Level they basically taught loads of culture and a bit of language

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I am also learning Russian right now, its quite straight forward when you get "the hang of it" so to speak. just learning like simple phrases 1st like Hello - Privyet and How are You? Kak Dela?, will help alot.
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#19
I'm actually learning russian also...I don't have money for lessons, but there's this cool website: www.russianlessons.net ,its pretty helpful
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