Saturday, February 14, 2015
Reddit Russian101 - The Alphabet (Part 1)
Reddit Russian101 put up a few videos on the alphabet four years back. As for going over the Cyrillic alphabet, it's one of the longer videos on YouTube. What I liked about it is starting about 6 minutes in they add a list of easy words to read in Russian, and give you plenty of time to read along. You will find it a useful video to pause and practice typing and spelling each word, pronouncing each word as you type it.
Is learning the Cyrillic alphabet hard? No!
The Cyrillic alphabet is just different, and has a few sounds English speakers aren't immediately familiar with. But, don't think of learning the letters in the Cyrillic alphabet as hard, think of it as a challenge that you are ready to face because you want to open up a whole new world of new languages. For me right now, it is just the Russian language I'm working on, but there was a moment when I first started reading the Cyrillic alphabet that I realized I'd conquered the first step for other languages too. It was amazing to think a whole section of the globe suddenly was full of towns that I could read the names of!
Learning the Cyrillic alphabet takes some time, not as much time as learning our first alphabet, but I wouldn't suggest paying for some app or program that makes bold promises. There are plenty of free resources online. I have a lot of resources right here on my blog. Because I post these videos and sites as I find them, the tags in my blog will lead you to posts that won't necessarily be in a useful order if you are brand new to the Russian language. On my website I have started a Learning Russian Online list that organizes the resources I've found.
Back to this particular video ... As I watched Lesson 1 (Part 1) - The Alphabet by Reddit Russian101, I practiced typing (Learning to Type in Russian). Here are the easy to read words in the video. You can also find the pronunciation of these words at Forvo.
The Reddit University Russian page has links that Reddit users have posted. The list is not that active, but you will likely find some helpful resources.
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