Learning foreign language

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by rikesha, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. rikesha

    rikesha New Member

    Hey guys, i was wondering if it would be ok to if i start learning foreign language online. There are some good offering that i am interest. Actually i want to learn Russian language. The course i found seems pretty good. Any thoughts?
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  2. BusinessManIT

    BusinessManIT Member

    I know Russian. It is a difficult language for an English speaker to learn. The alphabet is different. You would really have to want to learn in order to make progress. I don't know if learning it online would make it easier.

    I taught a Russian course to my church group members some years ago. One by one they dropped out because it was too difficult for them. Good luck.
  3. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    YouTube, if you're not bandwidth limited.
  4. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    Try duolingo. Apparently it is one of the best, and it is free.
  5. sideman

    sideman Active Member

    Can't beat free. Just wish they had Tagalog (Filipino).
  6. TomE

    TomE New Member

    Duolingo is the obvious on-line option, but Skype sessions (1 hour) with native Russian speakers (many of whom have teaching experience and credentialing) can be had for as low as $7-8 an hour. Getting a native to correct problems as they arise, especially in a one-on-one setting can be extremely valuable and can prevent the formation of bad habits. There are a number of such services available.
  7. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    On duolingo, you may be able to find Russian tutors for free by agreeing to teach English in return.
  8. TomE

    TomE New Member

    This is true, but it isn't necessarily the best value. By virtue of economic conditions and popularity of languages, you could likely make at least 3 times as much money teaching English as one could make teaching Russian (on average). So sure; the trade-off would result in free courses, but it may not be the best use of one's time.
  9. rikesha

    rikesha New Member

    So here is what i found - EchoEE. Free courses are not that motivating to me. I might take the course there, they seem pretty much convincing and i can finish rather quickly with the plan available there. Thanks for the replies though.
  10. john.r

    john.r New Member

    What school were you looking at for Russian?
  11. AJ_Atlanta

    AJ_Atlanta New Member

    You can also find the Foreign Service Institute material online as well as Pimsleur audio CDs at many local libraries. The CDs won't help with the written or grammar part but do offer a good resource to learn the accent correctly as they feature native speakers

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