|Как вас зовут? Как вас зовут? ....
||[Jan. 23rd, 2007|09:55 pm]
Back from first Russian class. It's 3 hours, once a week.
Tonight was letters (which Dina and I already knew), but also stuff like..
Как вас зовут? (over and over and over)
Меня зовут Брэд...
But mostly letters. So I focused on trying to learn vocabulary instead. Also learned a lot of the spelling rules which I'd read before but hadn't sunk in. (the combination of seeing it and hearing it is a lot more effective than just reading it....)
And I suck at saying ы, but I think I'm getting better.
Look forward to next week....
:) good luck!
saying "ы" is easy!
I think a lot of non-natives suck at saying ы :P
Have you written out words in cursive yet? I always enjoyed that.
2007-01-24 07:29 am (UTC)
What is with the Russian obsession with албанского (Albanian)? I haven't figured this out yet.
Soon you'll can write your livejournal по-русски! :)
2007-01-24 07:30 am (UTC)
We'll see. :-)
2007-01-24 07:36 am (UTC)
Sorry, fixed. (yes, I know it's Брэд on my passport, etc.)
The problem is that I use the phonetic Russian keyboard layout, which is slightly different on Mac, Windows, and Linux... and that encourages me to type a little too fast and not double-check things because I'm so used to typing fast.
I think maybe I need to switch to using the Russian keyboard layout on all the computers I use, just so it's consistent and it slows me down a bit for accuracy.
2007-01-24 08:33 am (UTC)
One telltale sign of a Russian accent in English is merging of the two different [i]
sounds into one, like pronouncing "shit" and "sheet" as the same word. Russians "parse" both sounds as the Russian и, and so pronounce them identically. What's not realised is that the short i, as in bit pick etc., is about halfway between Russian и and Russian ы, perhaps even closer to the ы. So a good advice to give a Russian native speaker to improve their pronunciation is to try and deliberately ы-ize those sounds.
Looking at it from the other direction, if you can practice feeling the difference in the vowels of say beat and bit, as then trying going a little further "in the same direction", that might be a useful way of approaching the dreaded ы.
Very true. And I realize the difference but very often my Russian ear can not distinct those sounds.
Всё будет хорошо, Брэд! :)
I was wondering about your post. Good luck.
i hope, they will manage to teach without singing 'there is a crag in the ross, overgrown with wild moss in all sides, from the lowest to highest...', etc.
"Ы" is difficult, no dount. Be ready to sucking at pronouncing "Щ"..
2007-01-24 09:58 am (UTC)
Как меня зовут?
Меня зовут Ваня, если Вы спрашиваете:) Приятно познакомиться!
It's very nice to know that someone in English-speaking country is interested in Russian. I noticed that most of the native English-speakers cannot speak other languages than English. And in the same time almost the whole Europe speaks at least two languages..
Anyway appreciate your interest in Russian culture. Так держать, Брэд:) Респект!
"Ы" sounds like "i" in "whisky".