Seeking Russian learning resources
September 8, 2013 8:47 PM Subscribe
I'd like more and better (preferably Internet-based) resources for learning Russian. Cyrillic alphabet instruction not needed. Details inside.
posted by graymouser to writing & language (9 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I studied Russian for a year in high school (14 years ago) and learned enough that I can say "Здравствуйте," "Я не понимаю," and stuff like where I live, but I didn't develop much vocabulary. I know the Cyrillic alphabet already and don't have time for "learn the alphabet" stuff. I want to get back what I had learned and take it deeper.
I currently have the "New Penguin Russian Course" and I am studying it, which at this point is mostly refresher. But it doesn't have an audio component that I'm aware of, so I'm missing a chunk of the equation. I really like Duolingo for getting my high school Spanish back, but there is no Duolingo for Russian at this point. I'd really like some good audio that's similar to the Penguin course in terms of vocabulary. Even a good flashcard system would be useful if there was an easy way to type in Cyrillic (currently I use Google Translate when I want to type in Russian, which is slow and difficult). I'm not at a level where I'd feel comfortable doing conversation with native speakers yet, but I'm open to ideas for doing that. What's out there that I can use?