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    What do you do to keep from forgetting Russian?

    Well I assume most everyone here actively studies.. I had a Russian tutor about 2 years ago but I never really kept up with my Russian. Im curious as to what you guys do to keep the language fresh in your mind. Ive been listening to a small collection of Russian cds that I have and watch the occasional Russian movie (when I find one). There are very few Russians in my town so being able to speak to someone is a rarity. I'm a full time student and I work full time so seriously studying the language would be rather difficult for me. So anyone know of any word a day in Russian or anything cool like that?

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    Re: What do you do to keep from forgetting Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by kshea
    Im curious as to what you guys do to keep the language fresh in your mind.
    If you are a boy - marry a Russian girl!
    If you are a girl - marry a Russian boy!
    This is the best known method...
    То Лев, то Кот...

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    I'm not sure if my American girlfriend would be too happy to hear about me getting married :P

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    Tell her that's for a good cause.

    Back to serious stuff, the only way not to forget smth is to refresh it regularly. You're watching movies, that's good, but you should dust off not only your listening skills, but reading/writing and speaking as well.

    Try to read something in Russian every day. No need to shedule special time for that: if you read news regularly, begin to read it in Russian instead of English, or read books in Russian if you like to read fiction (Russian books are supereasy to find on the Web).

    Listening and reading are easy, 'passive' ways of using a language, don't forget about 'active' ways: speaking and writing.

    You can talk to the native speakers all over the world through Skype (I think there are special sites for Skype lovers).
    And write in Russian whenever you can: making a list for shopping, planning your day, etc.

    The best thing in these tips is that you don't have to shedule special time for Russian, taking it away from your usual activities, just remember to use it when you see an opportunity.

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    Re: What do you do to keep from forgetting Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by PrincetonLion
    Quote Originally Posted by kshea
    Im curious as to what you guys do to keep the language fresh in your mind.
    If you are a boy - marry a Russian girl!
    If you are a girl - marry a Russian boy!
    This is the best known method...
    Funny!!! This is what the users in the Toronto Russian Forum suggested to me.

    имело бы время для говорить?

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    имело бы время для говорить?
    What do you mean?
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    У меня что-то с почтой, на ЛС ответить не могу. (

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    Видимо, было бы время (чтобы) поговорить.
    У молодожён времени на разговоры мало.
    Я так думаю.

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    Я надеялась на английский вариант, от которого отталкивались.) И это вопрос. Потому один из моих вариантов: думаешь, у нас было бы время на разговоры?
    Leof, а почему не "молодожёнов"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kshea
    I'm not sure if my American girlfriend would be too happy to hear about me getting married :P
    who cares... american women are statistacally the worst to marry!

    and anyway, russians cook better...
    Io seeeiiiii che non posso parlare il russo come tu....

    Da vero, sono Italiano!

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    Ага, по статистике.
    Зачем же всех под одну гребёнку?
    Жить потом с конкретным человеком, а не с результатами статистики.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    Leof, а почему не "молодожёнов"?
    У молодомужей больше времени, чем у молодожён.

    Ладно, пусть будет у обоих молодожёнов сразу!
    Я так думаю.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giovanni

    and anyway, russians cook better...
    Is that true of the men too? If so I might take Princeton Lion's advice.
    More madness than method but it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezri
    Quote Originally Posted by giovanni

    and anyway, russians cook better...
    Is that true of the men too? If so I might take Princeton Lion's advice.
    Я с тобой!
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    Re: What do you do to keep from forgetting Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lesleyp
    Funny!!! This is what the users in the Toronto Russian Forum suggested to me.

    имело бы время для говорить?
    Avoid Torontovka. It's full of retards who can't spell properly.

    Nice to see you here, Lesleyp!
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    на лицето ми студено грях в надежда да превърна.."

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    Re: What do you do to keep from forgetting Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeed
    Quote Originally Posted by Lesleyp
    Funny!!! This is what the users in the Toronto Russian Forum suggested to me.

    имело бы время для говорить?
    Avoid Torontovka. It's full of retards who can't spell properly.

    Nice to see you here, Lesleyp!
    There are some nice people there On the whole though, they do act a bit like teenagers. I'll go back to lurking I did have a log on here before, but forgot it when I left for a while during the summer. Thus, I had to create a new one.

    Как раз по мере того как я забываю что немногую русское я знал раньше.

    This time I was smarter.

    Будет моим именем.

    Please correct my errors. I know you guys will be nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezri
    Quote Originally Posted by giovanni

    and anyway, russians cook better...
    Is that true of the men too? If so I might take Princeton Lion's advice.
    actuamente... i think italians cook better. But i dont know about russian men. All i know is i am an italian guy, and i cook up a storm. So forget russians, go get an italian stallian!
    Io seeeiiiii che non posso parlare il russo come tu....

    Da vero, sono Italiano!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    имело бы время для говорить?
    What do you mean?
    Newlyweds have little time for talking. So it's not the language they'll be studying

    (спасибо Leof, for getting me off the hook on that one )

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    Quote Originally Posted by giovanni
    Quote Originally Posted by Ezri
    Quote Originally Posted by giovanni

    and anyway, russians cook better...
    Is that true of the men too? If so I might take Princeton Lion's advice.
    actuamente... i think italians cook better. But i dont know about russian men. All i know is i am an italian guy, and i cook up a storm. So forget russians, go get an italian stallian!
    They say that Russian men are the best cooks... What I can say is that it's not about me... I've never had an interest in cooking.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    Nobody wonders why - you spent your golden years in Germany!
    Я так думаю.

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    kshea,
    For a word a day besides www.masterrussian.com there is:

    http://home.unilang.org/interactive/daily/daily.php

    Scott

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