What is a good start to learn Russian?

I really want to learn Russian but I’m not really sure how to start. Should I start by learning to read Cyrillic alphabet? or something else?

(Bonus points if you have some free resources since I’m a broke student lol)

@peppermint
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Easiest way is to get a Russian girlfriend, but for a broke student this won’t be the cheapest solution.

jonuno
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Hahaha on point. No money, no russian gf

@gun
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Someone created a community for learning Russian at !russian@lemmy.ml.
It looks like it has no content and the sole mod isn’t active in a while, but I’d be happy to help revive it, cause I also want to improve my Russian.

@nutomic
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Definitely learn Cyrillic, its pretty similar to Latin and will only take a week or so. Beyond that, I dont really know.

@ajz
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Duolingo to get you started ?

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+1. casual evenings on duolingo taught me to read cirilic or at least enough of it to keep me motivated to come back and keep at it. More serious approaches would put me off for being too hard. So yea I’d say its a good start there!

@Reaton
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I thought about it but last time I used it, it made me more think of a live dictionnary where you learn some sentences/words but not really learn how to speak the language.
I might be wrong and just need to practice more with it to see the real benefits tho.

@ajz
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With Duolingo I did improve my understanding of Spanish and Italian a little bit but of course YMMV. Many years ago (in the pre Internet era ?) I tried to learn some Russian but learning Cyrillic made me get stuck. If you are into chess, there are several chess players streaming in Russian on Lichess, for example GM Sergei Zhigalko that could teach you some Daaaaaaaa! - Maybe @k_o_t@lemmy.ml has the best tips for you though! :)

@Reaton
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I’ll try anyway, I have nothing to lose after all. :) Great idea for chess, I love watching livestreams of it so perfect haha.

@ajz
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:) There is also this very young and very well playing streamer who tends to talk English but fun to watch imho. https://lichess.org/streamer/PeshkaCh GM Shipov also streams in Russian, I forgot his nickname.

@peppermint
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What a place to bring that up, but Shura Gelman was my primary school teacher and now he’s an internet meme.

@xarvos
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Duolingo does have grammar notes (depending on the course, though). If that plus practice can’t teach you how to speak, I don’t know what can.

@yxzi
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Here are some basic phrases: https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Russian_phrasebook

Also check out these flashcards: https://www.loecsen.com/en/learn-russian

And/or get a library card if you prefer to learn with good ol’ books

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