Why Russian?

I'm Adrian, an American girl attempting to learn Russian.

Here, you can watch me fail.

*Note: The gifs on this blog have no relevance to the posts they are attached to.

hellomypeople asked: I would like to thank you because you are the person who inspired me to start learning one more language. I was really impressed watching you speak Russian. I know it's difficult even for us sometimes. And if you really like it, not going to stop at the beginning, then you are doing a huge thing! It's very flattering that you chose namely the Russian language. Thank you for this too)

Oh, спасибо, спасибо! Хаха! :D I’m really glad that you said this. Definitely made my day!

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Young Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
Russian writer of wonderful novels. He was sentenced to death for being part of a liberal intellectual group, but his sentence was changed (when he and his group were already standing outside waiting to be shot) to exile at Siberia.These years of suffering got his epilepsy worse and influenced his writings.
I could spend all day reading his books. 

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Young Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Russian writer of wonderful novels. He was sentenced to death for being part of a liberal intellectual group, but his sentence was changed (when he and his group were already standing outside waiting to be shot) to exile at Siberia.These years of suffering got his epilepsy worse and influenced his writings.

I could spend all day reading his books. 

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Sites to Use When Learning Russian Online

My preferred site is Busuu, but I’ve also tried Livemocha. If you search “Livemocha" and "Busuu" in my tags, you can find pros and cons of each.

As for Tumblrs, here’s a list of the best ones:

russiangrammar is THE site to go to while learning Russian.

fuckyeahrussianpolitics if you’re interested in, well, Russian politics.

youknowyouarerussianwhen is great for learning about Russian culture.

and

fuckyeahrussianmusic is wonderful if you’re seeking immersion in the Russian language. I’ve downloaded a few of the songs they’ve posted.

If you have a YouTube account, you should subscribe to ello, which is where fuckyeahrussian music gets most of their videos. I also recommend looking for Russian vloggers.

My favorite way to get Russian help online is by just Googling whatever it is you’re looking for:

"list of russian conjugations"

"russian verbs"

"common russian phrases"

etc.

There are also some sites that are just really good, such as MasterRussian.

vintagaea asked: What would you suggest for learning a language online? Like, any good websites you've found, or however you're learning Russian? I've tried out livemocha, but I've heard some bad stuff. Although it seems you could just Skype someone on there or something...

My preferred site is Busuu, but I’ve also tried Livemocha. If you search “Livemocha" and "Busuu" in my tags, you can find pros and cons of each.

As for Tumblrs, here’s a list of the best ones:

russiangrammar is THE site to go to while learning Russian.

fuckyeahrussianpolitics if you’re interested in, well, Russian politics.

youknowyouarerussianwhen is great for learning about Russian culture.

and

fuckyeahrussianmusic is wonderful if you’re seeking immersion in the Russian language. I’ve downloaded a few of the songs they’ve posted.

If you have a YouTube account, you should subscribe to ello, which is where fuckyeahrussian music gets most of their videos. I also recommend looking for Russian vloggers.

My favorite way to get Russian help online is by just Googling whatever it is you’re looking for:

"list of russian conjugations"

"russian verbs"

"common russian phrases"

etc.

There are also some sites that are just really good, such as MasterRussian.

I’ll also post a rebloggable version of this answer.

peachjampuff asked: "не за что" means "not at all". спасибо - не за что = thanks - not at all. и thanks - you are welcome = спасибо - пожалуйста =)

Хаха, спасибо! It’s always good to have some clarification.

whenitsnows asked: Hi there! Checked our some of your Russian vids and I gotta say you've got a good potential in mastering the pronunciation! You've got a great rolling R :) Keep up the good work & maybe practise ы and ь a little bit more. ;D

Привет!

I’m still not sure of the difference between ы and ь. I mean, yes, I know that they change the pronunciation between soft and hard sounds, but I don’t have any examples of the soft/hard variations. Спасибо for the advice though!