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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 13 May 2013 14:38 
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Hey guys,

I am Jeff, 23 years old and currently living in Berlin. I met a girl from Russia some months ago and have been dating her since. Want to visit her in Moscow next month and also meet her parents there. From what I have heard it is very hard to get along with English there so I wonder if I should pick up some Russian until then... however I find it incredibly hard to memorize only a few words and expressions... What's your guys' secret in picking up Russian?

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Hello Jeff and [welcome1.gif] to the board.

I hardly spoke any Russian when I went there first and still I have only learned a few expressions.

I expect that you communicate with your Russian woman in English so there will not be a big problem. Moscow of course has many foreign people and you will bee surprised that many Russians do speak English. I am sure after a couple of days you will learn how to get by, like most of us.

I expect somebody else may have some better idea, and I remember I have posted a learning program on line, in one of the forums, but right now can't find it. Running out of the house now.... but later I will have another look and will post the link here. Easy program to learn a few words.

Welcome again

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Thanks so much, wiz! :)

The thing is that friends of mine have already been to Moscow and they told me how difficult it was to get by there. Even ordering a drink was a challenge, not to mention finding one's way around, like reading the train schedule...

anyway, I bought a small book with Russian expression and will try to learn them by hard. so please don't bother about finding the link ;)

Thanks again!

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Jeff

as promised, I have found the post, so you can learn some Russian on Line;

Take a look at this:

It is advisable and many people would like to learn to speak some basic Russian before visiting the country. In my view it is essential and over the past year my small effort has helped me to communicate with my relatives in Russia and especially with my MIL, with whom I have fun in trying to communicate with her. Actually I teach her English too and she is a very good learner... [biggrin.gif]

I have found a very good resource on the internet, which I have used for sometime now. Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations and I think it's one of the best learning courses and it's FREE!

Mango Languages

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Another good resource is the Learning Russian Net web site

Learning Russian

I have tried it and Mango is very good. [thumbs.gif]

Don't forget to check the other lessons too. [wink.gif]

Good learning and do not listen to people who told you that you can't get by in Moscow.

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Hello Jeff and [welcome1.gif] to RWF.

Wish you good luck when you meet your G/F in Moscow.

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Thanks a lot, wiz!

I will definitely check out Mango and am confident that I will pick up at least some expressions that will help me through the jungle that is Moscow.

It's very much appreciated! :)

Also thanks for the welcome, Keith :)


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Hi Jeff,

The most difficult thing to learn is the Cyrillic alfabet. Once you mastered that you will be able to navigate a lot better.

As for ordering a drink: the Russian word for beer is pronounced piva. [wink.gif]

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Yes, saying that I am struggling with the Cyrillic alphabet would be nothing but an understatement. Piva was one of the first words I picked up, easy to remember [lol.gif] ;)


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Call me crazy but as soon as i heard that her parents are coming to Berlin in two weeks I thought of ways to please them and give a good impression.

Have made lots of plans to show them around, and we even booked a Limousine Service from BlackLane to pick them up from the airport as soon as they arrive. I am actually quite nervous since I do not know them and don't speak any Russian as you know, and they furthermore expect me to be around the whole weekend they are here. It's a strange mixture of excitement and concern that they might not like me.

I really hope everything will tun out well...


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Parents visiting is always a good sign. However I am confused if they arrive for 2 weekd or a weekend... though the latter may seem like the former...

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