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Saturday, August 26, 2006
Just a little update on how our goal of learning Russian is going. I think I had mentioned that we bought the Pimsleur's Russian. They're a bunch of CDs that you listen to and repeat the pronunciation of little phrases. Through these little sentences you start to pick up some usable vocabulary. I highly recommend the Pimsleur stuff although it is very expensive. Each section is like $150-$180 (Ebay sometimes has them for cheaper).

There's 30 lessons in each section with each lesson being about 30 minutes long. And there's three sections so there are 90 lessons in total which is a whopping 45 hours of listening and speaking Russian. But buying all three sections will set you back over $400. Ouch.

Anyway, we're both doing it but it's been hard to stick with it and for awhile there (a good month) we stopped altogether. But we're starting up again and will try to at least do two lessons a week. Each lesson is quite difficult and we both seem to have to listen to it several times before we feel comfortable. So I'm figuring if we do each lesson three times (once a day) that will keep us on a 2-a-week schedule.

We're only on lesson 5 right now but if we can adhere to the schedule we'll be able to be done with section I sometime in November and who knows, maybe we'll be able to test our Russian out at that time. But I suspect we won't be traveling to Russia until next calendar year (the end of January is my guess).
posted by Steveg @ 10:38 AM  
  • At 6:08 PM, Blogger mother said…

    I was wondering if you were still studying your Russian lessons. I am sure it is hard to learn. You will probably impress the Russians if you can speak some.

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