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    Fluent in 11 languages.


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    Unbelievable!!!!!!!!
    His accent is really good in the languages that I am familiar with. I can't determine whether his grammar and choice of word is good, but I would guess so.

    There is so much hype around people who allegedly speak many languages and often when they are finally put to the test it turns out their accent is awful or they don't know grammar properly.

    This guy is just incredibly good. He's the real deal if you ask me!

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    Да, этот парень - большой молодец. Но все же по-русски он говорит с заметным акцентом и грамматика местами хромает.
    Я изучаю английский язык и поэтому делаю много ошибок. Но я не прошу Вас исправлять их, Вы можете просто ткнуть меня носом в них, или, точнее, пихнуть их мне в глаза. I'm studying English, and that's why I make a lot of mistakes. But I do not ask you to correct them, you may just stick my nose into them or more exactly stick them into my eyes.
    Всё, что не делается, не всегда делается к лучшему
    Но так же не всегда всё, что не делается, не делается не к худшему. : D

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    He's Russian is awesome. Rather light accent. I've heard only four mistakes. Grammar is not perfect but easily understandable. He's overcompensating the "Р" sound Vowels are perfectly pronounced. Double vowels are apparently hard for him like in word Греции
    He said he has been to Ярославль - Yaroslavl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    He also said that he lives in Russia now

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    Every time I start to feel like I'm doing pretty good, learning some Russian.... I hear about someone like THIS! Arghhhhhhhhh!

    But I guess, for an American, I am still somewhat unusual.
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer View Post
    He said he has been to Ярославль - Yaroslavl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    He also said that he lives in Russia now
    I've been to Yaroslavl dozens of times and my Russian is still dreadful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborski View Post
    Every time I start to feel like I'm doing pretty good, learning some Russian.... I hear about someone like THIS! Arghhhhhhhhh!

    But I guess, for an American, I am still somewhat unusual.
    Haha, I never had any illusions...!

    Since I started my new job, I had a desk next to two guys, both (!!)of whom have studied Russian as a foreign language.

    The first had forgotten a lot, because he studied Russian back in the 1980s. But he was still following the Russian rock scene because he is a big rock fan and prefers Russian rock over American.

    The second person started studying at roughly the same time as me, (2009) but he is MUCH better! Arrgh!
    He thinks Russian grammar is "fun and challenging" and he has a much better vocabulary than me. He memorized all the spelling rules!

    My excuse is that he is practically a genius with a degree in theoretical physics. I probably 70% of his IQ, at the most...

    One of the first things he did after starting his Russian studies was to watch lots of childrens film, then moving on to contemporary comedy shows from TV. Then he started watching Russian war films because he enjoys that.
    He never used subtitles and he was able to learn a lot by using increasingly difficult material. Did anyone try a similar approach?

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    He memorized all the spelling rules!
    What does it mean? What rules? Or just he spells nearly all the words correctly?

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    Well, today he explained to me lots of things around pronounciation based on spelling.
    For example situations in which "и" is pronounced "ы" depending on spelling, and lots of tips around differentiating between "щ" and "ш" which I find a bit confusing. Last week he told me all about "ъ" which I had misunderstood, for example the difference in pronouonciation of a few words in which ъ is the second letter. I did not know anything about that. He said it would be valuable for me if I memorized all spelling rules.
    Really my Russian studies are on hold, but I suppose I could take them up - my colleague inspires me.

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    Well, today he explained to me lots of things around pronounciation based on spelling.
    For example situations in which "и" is pronounced "ы" depending on spelling, and lots of tips around differentiating between "щ" and "ш" which I find a bit confusing. Last week he told me all about "ъ" which I had misunderstood, for example the difference in pronouonciation of a few words in which ъ is the second letter. I did not know anything about that. He said it would be valuable for me if I memorized all spelling rules.
    That's not actually spelling. That's graphics and pronunciation. It is useless and very hard to remember all the spelling rules.
    Could you tell those words with ъ? сел - съел?
    I don't know why is the ш - щ distinction more difficult than л -ль, м - мь?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    That's not actually spelling. That's graphics and pronunciation. It is useless and very hard to remember all the spelling rules.
    Could you tell those words with ъ? сел - съел?
    I don't know why is the ш - щ distinction more difficult than л -ль, м - мь?
    Well I am really tired now, but I think he said that the hard sign means there is a sort of break and so it sounds different... ш - щ is difficult simply because this is an "artificial difference" for me, just like adding "the" and "a" is for you. To me, this is more or less the same sound and it seems a bit picky to differentiate between them. For words that I have memorised, I have obviously memorised the correct spelling and I don't mix it up once I learnt it for a particular word. But it just feels unnatural and complicated.

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    It's nothing but a show-off. Anyone can learn a few phrases, put some effort into practicing a proper accent and you are good to go! There are thousands of polyglots like him on the net flaunting their prodigious flare for languages while in fact, I can bet my bottom dollar on it, they didn't even try to study any of those. Well, maybe they did, but didn't get any further than picking up some basics just sufficient to put on a chip show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man About Town View Post
    It's nothing but a show-off. Anyone can learn a few phrases, put some effort into practicing a proper accent and you are good to go! There are thousands of polyglots like him on the net flaunting their prodigious flare for languages while in fact, I can bet my bottom dollar on it, they didn't even try to study any of those. Well, maybe they did, but didn't get any further than picking up some basics just sufficient to put on a chip show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man About Town View Post
    It's nothing but a show-off. Anyone can learn a few phrases, put some effort into practicing a proper accent and you are good to go!
    True... for example, I would bet money that if you showed him a photograph of a bird from the genus Passer ...



    ...and asked him Что это такое?, he would answer Это маленькая птица ("It's a small bird") or something close to that, whereas most Russian children over the age of five or six would answer Это воробей ("It's a sparrow").

    Or, if you asked him how to say "Those people are very wealthy" in Russian, he might be able to provide a direct literal translation like Эти люди очень богатые, but it would never occur to him to say У них всё есть, кроме птичьего молока, ("They've got everything but bird milk") because he was too busy learning Hebrew, Catalan, Afrikaans, etc., to study Russian in more depth and learn some common proverbs and figures of speech.

    Which is to say that "fluency" can be defined in different ways, and the BBC video shows that he has an impressive ability to master different accents and perhaps also an excellent memory for rehearsed phrases, but he's not actually demonstrating an ability to converse fluently in all those different languages. (Maybe he can, but the video doesn't prove this.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man About Town View Post
    It's nothing but a show-off. Anyone can learn a few phrases, put some effort into practicing a proper accent and you are good to go!
    I wanna see you trying practicing the proper accent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna View Post
    One of the first things he did after starting his Russian studies was to watch lots of childrens film, then moving on to contemporary comedy shows from TV.
    This is what I do with English
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    He never used subtitles
    doesn't work for me at all
    I really doubt that it can be true
    I mean he might have skipped the subtitles during the showtime but if he doesn't know or understand a word how he could pick up/look up the meaning of it?
    Only children can do that through a lifetime of learning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throbert McGee View Post
    whereas most Russian children over the age of five or six would answer Это воробей ("It's a sparrow").
    Russian sparrows look a little different
    More like this one
    But you are correct

    Still I think pronunciation is much more important for comfort communication than vocabulary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer View Post
    This is what I do with English

    I really doubt that it can be true
    I mean he might have skipped the subtitles during the showtime but if he doesn't know or understand a word how he could pick up/look up the meaning of it?
    Only children can do that through a lifetime of learning
    Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. But that's what he said.
    It's really hard to find subtitles for Russian films online unless you really make an effort to locate them. He said he didn't find any so I guess he didn't try as hard as I did.

    Another interesting thing is that he only visited Russia once in his life, on a trip to St Petersburg quite recently.

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    сел is [s'el] съел [sjel], so no any break but an entire consonant [j] (like "y" in yes), ' signifies palatalization. Ш is close to voiceless English R, Щ is pronounced with the middle of the toungue raised.
    These are all questions of Russian graphics. It is like [ke] is spelt que in Spanish while [ka] is spelt ca.
    As far as I can see such things cause unbelievable difficulties among learners of Russian, I don't know why.
    Ш and Щ are as distinct as man and men are in English (Russians don't usually hear the difference).

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    You can't hear the difference between "man" and "men" in English?

    I keep thinking that if uneducated labourers from Uzbekistan can learn to speak Russian in a few years, then I should b-y well be able to manage to!

    I do GET the difference between Ш and Щ - it's just that I don't really think of them as different sounds.

    My stepmother who is Japanese has the same problem with R and L when she speaks English - she doesn't think there is any real difference and has to really focus to pronounce them clearly. Even though to all of us there is a massive difference.

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