Russian Study Group

An area with study groups for various languages. Group members help each other, share resources and experience. Study groups are permanent but the members rotate and change.
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby neofight78 » Fri May 05, 2017 8:24 pm

Ah, got it now :D
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby Ольга » Thu May 11, 2017 4:20 pm

Hi there, guys.
Would anybody like to find an exchange partner? I am a Russian native speaker, as you probably know. I am learning English and I am eager to help you if you kindly help me. ;)
I would be very glad to see your PM. :)
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby Ogrim » Fri May 12, 2017 2:21 pm

neofight78 wrote:Anyone here using goodreads to keep track of their Russian reading? I've just started using it and wondered if it might be useful to see what people were reading / recommending etc.

My profile is here: https://www.goodreads.com/neofight78


Hi, just sent you a friends request.
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby neofight78 » Fri May 12, 2017 2:28 pm

Received! :)
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby MamaPata » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:32 pm

How is everyone doing? What are you working on at the moment? I have started the Schaum's grammar outline, which I am enjoying.

Does anyone have any TV recommendations? I am happy to watch foreign shows as long as the dubbing removes the original voices - I have tried a few US shows and I always end up listening to the English rather than the Russian. Obviously a Russian show would be better though! However, I tried Кухня and a little of the similar show in a hotel and found them both quite irritating. I have tried Екатерина which wasn't great, but was easier to cope with than Кухня! What do you watch? What would you recommend?
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby Ani » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:40 am

I haven't joined over here but it is about time that I did. Gotta up my studying so I can be friends with neofight on goodreads ;) I've been studying with Le Russe à votre rythme, which is going very well. At least when I am consistent. The book and method are great.
To answer your question, I'm watching Мажор on Netflix and I really like it.
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby MamaPata » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:07 am

Ani wrote:I haven't joined over here but it is about time that I did. Gotta up my studying so I can be friends with neofight on goodreads ;) I've been studying with Le Russe à votre rythme, which is going very well. At least when I am consistent. The book and method are great.
To answer your question, I'm watching Мажор on Netflix and I really like it.


We're very glad to have you!
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby neofight78 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:32 am

Ani wrote:Gotta up my studying so I can be friends with neofight on goodreads ;)


This clearly needs to be your main goal! :P
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby neofight78 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:04 am

MamaPata wrote:How is everyone doing? What are you working on at the moment?


Things are going well, although still annoyed by the 24 hours in a day time limit thing. At the moment I'm going on a Беляев binge, to use popular terminology :)

MamaPata wrote:Does anyone have any TV recommendations? ... However, I tried Кухня and a little of the similar show in a hotel and found them both quite irritating.


I'm surprised that you don't like Кухня, it's popular with both natives and learners alike. I'm going though it a second time and I'm picking up a lot more of the jokes now, first time round I was probably B1 and a lot of the details passed me by. Why did you find it irritating? They did a number of seasons and then wisely stopped when the show started showing signs of flagging. A sensible decision. And then they followed up with a stupid decision which was to carry on without a lot of the best actors / dynamics and created Отель Элеон which is a travesty.

It's hard to recommend something as everyone have different tastes, but below is a list of serials I have watched. Maybe there'll be something to your liking:

  • Нюхач (was available with English subtitles, now not sure) - The premise is daft, but otherwise excellent.
  • Баллада о бомбере (English subtitles) - If you're not tired of war stuff this is a good one, plenty of good cliffhangers.
  • Вангелия (English subtitles) - Drama about a famous Bulgarian psychic partly based on true events.
  • Интерны (Transcript available) - Very popular comedy series, language quite challenging though.
  • Игрушки - Rather daft and basic, took a few episodes for me to warm up to it. Light hearted and language easy to understand.
  • Как я стал русским - Comedy about an American journalist in Russia. Not bad, but not great.
  • Анжелика - Comedy starts off well but fades after 10 episodes or so. Plenty of slang.
  • Шулер (English & Russian subtitles) - Enjoyable series about the escapades of a conman and his friends.
  • Метод Фрейда (English & Russian subtitles) - Detective series with the main guy from Интерны. He plays a similar character but in a different context.
  • Однажды в Одессе - A sort of Russian Godfather. Enjoyable.
  • Сын отца народов - Drama about Stalin's son.
  • Обратная сторона Луны - Russian version of Life on Mars. Pretty good.

I've probably forgot a few. Arnaud has watched quite a few serials, maybe he can contribute to the list.
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Re: Russian Study Group

Postby blaurebell » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:26 am

MamaPata wrote:How is everyone doing? What are you working on at the moment? I have started the Schaum's grammar outline, which I am enjoying.


I'm still on my intensive reading challenge and have dropped everything else. Judging by my reading speed this will probably go on in roughly the same fashion for another 500 hours :D Oh dear! I do have plan though: ideally at least 2h a day intensive reading until the end of July, then binge reading as much as I can on my break in August, then dropping back to 2h+ until the end of the year.
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