Hello there! I’m a new member(probably posting in the wrong section) and i’m looking for advice for learning Russian on this website. The amount of content from the site projected in my face is a bit of a mess at the moment!
About me I’m a 22 yrs old French student, fluent in English and advanced in Italian and German, with also 10 years of Latin.
I already spent about 3 months following thoroughly the Assimil Method to start learning Russian. Every day I would do the same drill during an hour of reading the conversation, listening to it over and over again, writing words I don’t know, looking at Grammar tips, then do exercises and a final check-up.
My Russian is slowly improving, yet i’m starting to get sick of doing the same exercise every day, and i’m looking for something more fun i’d say to learn the language. Don’t get me wrong there, I’m really motivated and I want to learn Russian, yet I would like to find an entertaining, long-term, and efficient way to learn. Ended up on Steve’s videos on youtube and there now, and a bit confused on the website.
The question is, should I carry on my Assimil lessons, or start the lessons here, and do a word list of the words (handwritten) I learned, look them up again in 14 days do some reading and listening and thats it? Because what has bothered me a bit is the lack of Grammar content to explain endings and sometimes expressions with more than a word or words with particles changing the meaning (for example К нам to our place с нами with us) are mistakenly translated by the Google Translator (or maybe I’m doing it all wrong I don’t know!)
Also I would like to learn Japanese and Chinese. About Japanese I studied from a free grammar e-book I found on the internet for a year(not rigorously I have to say), used a website for vocabulary and attempted after that year JLPT 5 which I failed miserably (I wasn’t that well prepared).I want to start fresh learning on it!
About Chinese a course I had in University which was only 3 months and is over now, with no follow up classes, so I have to carry on on my own, which is not a problem, but a little guidance would be appreciated!
Also I’d be glad to share some of my french, german or italian (even English if needed but I tend to believe there might be a lot of people here for that!) knowledge so that we can all improve!
My final question, do you believe, if i spend 3 hours (lets say well spent 3 hours!) every day studying Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, could I improve all three or is just going to end up in a mess, and instead should I rather focus on one language?.
Sorry for the wall of text! And thanks in advance for any help!