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Как вас зовут? Как вас зовут? .... [Jan. 23rd, 2007|09:55 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

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...
Кто это?
Это ....
что это?
Это ...

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....

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[User Picture]From: fantoccini
2007-01-24 07:09 am (UTC)
:) good luck!

saying "ы" is easy!
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[User Picture]From: harrywells
2007-01-24 07:22 am (UTC)
I think a lot of non-natives suck at saying ы :P
Have you written out words in cursive yet? I always enjoyed that.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-01-24 07:29 am (UTC)
What is with the Russian obsession with албанского (Albanian)? I haven't figured this out yet.
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[User Picture]From: kaplia_v_more
2007-01-24 07:28 am (UTC)
Soon you'll can write your livejournal по-русски! :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-01-24 07:30 am (UTC)
We'll see. :-)
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[User Picture]From: brad
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.
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[User Picture]From: olgana
2007-01-24 07:36 am (UTC)
Лиха беда - начало!
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[User Picture]From: chesterteam
2007-01-24 07:57 am (UTC)
удачи!! =)
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[User Picture]From: talviruusu
2007-01-24 08:14 am (UTC)
удачи! :-)
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[User Picture]From: avva
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.
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[User Picture]From: olgana
2007-01-24 09:02 am (UTC)
Very true. And I realize the difference but very often my Russian ear can not distinct those sounds.
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From: mnatsakanov
2007-01-24 08:57 am (UTC)
Всё будет хорошо, Брэд! :)
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[User Picture]From: vallkor
2007-01-24 09:37 am (UTC)
I was wondering about your post. Good luck.

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[User Picture]From: track_max
2007-01-24 09:41 am (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: no_sex_plz
2007-01-24 09:47 am (UTC)
"Ы" is difficult, no dount. Be ready to sucking at pronouncing "Щ"..
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[User Picture]From: xorax
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!
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[User Picture]From: cxell
2007-01-24 11:00 am (UTC)
"Ы" sounds like "i" in "whisky".
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