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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quick Update

Decided to make a quick update:

I have been on the internet looking over various resources I could use to help with Russian. I started off my learning by learning the alphabet through a fun little game. After mastering that, I have begun learning a little bit of vocabulary here and there, reading up on cases, and learning basic sentences. At the rate I'm going(which is actually pretty slow), I think I will be getting the hang of the cases by the end of the month. I am setting myself up so that I can understand the base of the language(grammar, cases, pronunciation, etc.) so that I can quickly start doing reading with a dictionary and possibly start chatting a little bit with Russians online. I think once I get to a very basic conversational level, enough so to just conversate a little bit, my Russian will take off. I'll come back soon and re-update.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello, Torrey.

I'm Evgeny, I remember you wondered about resources you could use to learn Russian.

I just randomly thought of a book that might get you interested.

"Take us away, Pegasus", written by Konstantin Sergiyenko. It's a Soviet children book about two American teenagers during the American Civil War.

While it relies on the layer of American literature of that period (how would a Soviet writer learn about those events otherwise?) it looks to be an authentic book, written in about 1950-1970s..

There's overall very minor information about the title and the author, so it's itself a mystery of a sort!

Perhaps it would be interesting for you, how did a Soviet writer percept information about the American Civil War.

To feel a bit more interest, try the music track, "Locomotive driver", performed by a modern Russian bard as a tribute to this book:

And here is the book:


p.s. I'm having rather tough shedule, but if you have any minor questions, you are welcome to ask, ICQ 256642170