Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quick Update

As I foresaw there was no posting in Cyrillic this month - it has been a very crazy month and my studies waned a little due to the business of moving out of my home of the last 3 years. I have found that I really do enjoy Russian though and it has moved its way up on my extended time list once I am done with this cycle. Next month begins Czech! I am very excited about this language, partially because it is a part of my heritage and partially because it is something new. I hope to be able to post more regularly again next month since I will be done moving by then.

On the vocal front the biggest news is that Ab has become comfortable and is no longer a stretch (at least on the [a] vowel)! Hopefully as this balance continues to get better the A will fall into place. It has taken nearly a year for the Ab to finally feel somewhat correct and I am hoping that the next semi-tone or two will progress a little quicker. I am hoping to have a lesson in November so hopefully at that point I will feel comfortable adding in some rep with A's in them!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Русский - Неделя 1

Я не знаю достаточно писать по-русский. Я не думать хорошо это почта.

Alright, so for this month I forsee myself writing more in English than in Russian. It's been an adventure so far trying to figure out exactly what the formula is for writing proper sentences as well as making thoughts make sense in said language. I do really enjoy the language though, as I have all of my languages. Next week I will try to write more in actual Russian, but here is my current workload for the month: Pimsleur I-A (30 1/2-hour lessons), Michel Thomas Get Started kit (8 CDs), Teach Yourself Russian (1 20-unit book and 2 CDs) and Learn in Your Car Russian (2 CDs). In addition to this I am using Anki and going through the 1000 most common words on there in the hopes that some of them will stick with me. As of this point I am really happy with all the input I am getting and have noticed that I am pretty comfortable with the knowledge that I have and am excited to learn more. The only difficult thing for this language so far has been keeping my consonants straight on some words.

I am not going to update on the voice this week since I am writing in English. See you next week!