degreezerofliberty спросил(a): How hard is to learn russian? Is it worth it? Is it possible to learn russian by yourself? If yes, where should I start?
How hard is it to learn Russian? According to the FSI (the Foreign Service Institute), Russian is placed in Category IV (they say it would take 44 weeks or 1100 hours to reach a level of general professional proficiency in speaking and reading) in terms of language difficulty for native English speakers. (Source) Having said this, difficulty is different for each individual.
Is it worth it? Why, yes, of course! It’s always worth learning another language - I don’t want to write in cliches and tell you how languages open your eyes to another world and another culture and lets you communicate with more people and so on because everyone’s heard all that before, but cliches are repeated over again because they’re true. But then again, it’s only worth learning if you yourself want to learn it.
Is it possible to learn Russian by yourself? If yes, where should I start? Well, personally, I studied it at school and am now studying it at university, so I can’t really say, but there are plenty of people teaching themselves Russian, so yes, if you work hard enough, it’s possible. The internet is a magical place and you have all the resources you need right here. I’ve posted every resource I could find on this blog and the blog’s wonderful followers have suggested a good many as well:
Sites for learning Russian
Here are some external links to get you started:
Immersion is key to learning any language, whether you’re being taught or self-teaching, so surround yourself with as many Russian-related sources as possible! It’s also worth finding a Russian penpal once you get to grips with the basic.
I was hoping that somewhere down the line, anyone could chance upon this blog and start learning Russian from it, so I’m glad you found this blog!