4 In Russian

#1 Starting Russian (again)

In March 2018, I wrote about my excitement of starting Russian and how I took up a 12-hour (6 lessons) pre-beginner class. Unfortunately, it was again a case of work/adulting > hobbies and I couldn’t keep up with the language. I left it aside with the intention of coming back to it again at some point in time, and didn’t manage to do so until… now 🙂

Something sparked that desire in me to pick up the language again. I love to associate language learning with going into a relationship. You never know when things will work out or not. It’s all about the fate.

And so what sparked that interest again? It’s actually a Chinese drama that I’m watching – 《独家记忆》(Somewhere only we know) on Netflix. As an aside, I’m very new to Netflix I feel like a noob 🙂 I still can’t decide if it’s worth my money cos I don’t watch much Hollywood/English shows. It’s one of those slice-of-life about growing up/ friendships / love and depicts the relationship between a third-year English major university student and a PhD Physics student who took up the role as a substitute teacher for a Russian elective. LOOOOL. Sorry I know this sounds dubious but hahaha please give it a watch. I really love it. I loved how the drama really incorporated quite a fair bit of Russian-related elements (such as the Russian classes) – if I’m a university student now I’m totally going to sign up for Russian classes next semester LOL. The male lead also put in quite a bit of effort in his role and he sounded so natural in speaking Russian (to my untrained ears). ♡♡♡ Totally fangirling over the show.

And that’s the reason why I am soooo excited over learning Russian again. You may think it’s quite a lame reason, but I feel that it’s such silly reasons that can carry us through the journey 🙂 I call it fate.

I hope to blog about this journey in more detail, cos it’s not everyday that I would start on a new language. I’m not trying to be a polyglot and at this point, I don’t have that much interest to learn many different languages. I hope that I’ll really be good in the ones I’ve picked and chosen 🙂

Through sharing more details of my study, I hope to help those who are brand new to the language (and not just Russian) to also start in their own journey and find the method that’s most suitable for themselves! ^^

Till the next post.

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    30 September, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    That’s funny,
    I too have started going to a free Russian class run by a Russian ex-pat who I think just wants to have a little fun and give people an opportunity to learn a bit about the country. My interest is more from a history/politics side.
    I’ve learnt the print style alphabet only so far! 🙂

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      30 September, 2019 at 8:39 AM

      Same for me – print style! I tried to learn the cursive last year but I think I need more time with that 😂

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    30 September, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    it’s amazing how you learn a new language in the language you have just mastered. Maybe that’s how to remove clutches.
    i remember you use to learn Japanese in Korean and now Russian in Japanese. You are an inspiration.

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    30 September, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Writing Russian cursive feels really good, but Russian grammar… So painful.

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