If you've been watching my Facebook status at all over the last month or so, you've seen that I have taken an interest in learning Russian. I don't know why, but it's this strong burning desire.
I have been dabbling with various resources, including Rosetta Stone, and just haven't been able to feel good about learning the language. Nothing really seemed to provide any feedback on how I was doing, any explanation of the phrases I was reading or speaking, or any pronunciation keys. It was all very frustrating.
Last night as I was taking Emily home after having dinner with her parents, I mentioned that I was going to work on my Russian a bit today. She said she had to show me something before I left her place, and I'm glad she did.
She had me look at the Houston Public Library website with her, and they have a section on learning other languages. In their list of resources was a link to Livemocha, an e-learning site with a focus on languages. Here's an excerpt from their "about us" page:
Livemocha is an exciting e-learning Web 2.0 startup founded by a group of experienced and successful entrepreneurs based in the Seattle area. Livemocha addresses a $20 billion worldwide language learning market fueled by rapid globalization, immigration and travel. Livemocha is a first of its kind web based language learning solution integrating online instructional content with a global community of language learners. Livemocha is a venture funded company backed by Maveron, a leading Seattle based venture firm with tremendous consumer and e-learning expertise.
In the last 14 hours, I've been able to complete lessons 1 and 2 of Russian 101, and I'm feeling good about it now.
If you're looking to learn a new language, I highly recommend Livemocha. It's free for learning one language.
And you're probably wondering what I'm learning, so here's a couple sentences for you.
Я мужчина. Я не женщина. ya my-shee-na. ya ni zhay-shee-na. "I am a man. I am not a woman."
Ты богатый. ti ba-ga-ti. "You are rich."
- Posted by tim (Guest) on October 10, 2009 at 12:55:18PM
Apparently the Cyrillic doesn't render properly in this font. :(
- Posted by tim (Guest) on October 10, 2009 at 12:56:56PM
Tim; you're fired! ;-) Again....
Japanese and Russian, be ware! Crazy dutch boy is first going to conquer the language, then the people!
- Posted by Sean(Tech) (Guest) on October 15, 2009 at 12:20:51PM
Hey look, the font renders properly!
- Posted by tim (Guest) on November 3, 2009 at 08:19:56PM