masterpost/guideline for people studying russian
If you are self-studying Russian, congrats! It’s a gorgeous language of an interesting culture in which many great works were written!
FOR THE LANGUAGE:
the alphabet is not as scary as you think! do note, however, that russians typically write with the script (learn how to write ) and read in the print (here (song)). practice–write the entire alphabet out 5 times or more. here is the sandwich menu for McDonald’s in Russia–sound out the words; most of them are cognates. type in Russian with a phonetic keyboard here.
follow blogs like russiangrammar for any grammar advice you need!
the best website resource i’ve seen by far is this. it has audio (!!!!!), vocab, lessons, and grammar tables. it’s great.
FOR THE CULTURE:
don’t skimp out on this! russian culture is interesting–it’s neither western nor eastern due to many centuries of what was essentially isolation.
here are traditions, so you don’t make a fool outta yourself! note on how to say good luck before a test – “ни пуха ни пера!”– it’s telling someone “neither down nor feathers” i. e., “I hope you fail.” the response is “ К чёрту!” which I believe means “Go to the Devil!” –basically the Russian version of “To Hell with that!”
want to watch the cutest cartoon in the world? there you go
there are many many important writers, but here are some resources where you can read (in English):