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    first attempts

    Hey all,

    I'm trying to say "I started studying the Russian language two weeks ago" in Russian. Here is my attempt -

    Я начали научю Руский язык два недели тому назад.

    Would someone mind correcting this for me?

    Thanks guys

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    I think:

    я начал учить русский язык две недели тому назад.

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    Saibot,

    Thanks for the reply. If you get a chance, could you explain the differences in your translation? (Sorry if I seem kind of lazy for not researching this myself - I haven't received the Russian language materials I ordered yet, and you guys are the best resource for this kind of stuff!!)

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    You said : Я начали. начали is the plural past tense form. You need singular masculine ( or feminine if you are a girl.)

    учить means "to study", so Я начал учить means "I started to study". научю isnt a word as far as i know.

    две недели - две is the femine plural form of the word двa. You need it here because неделя is a feminine noun.

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    Ok its slowly becoming clear...

    Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    I think:

    я начал учить русский язык две недели тому назад.
    Good. I'd leave out тому, it sounds sort of bookish.

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    I must have the wrong books because mine haven't mentioned putting тому in anywhere yet!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    I think:

    я начал учить русский язык две недели тому назад.
    "изучать" will be less ambiguous. "учить" can mean "to teach to someone"

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    изучать also implies that your studying it in depth.
    Я знаю
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    I think:

    я начал учить русский язык две недели тому назад.
    "изучать" will be less ambiguous. "учить" can mean "to teach to someone"
    I don't think "учить что-то" is ambiguous because it can't mean "teach someone".

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    Да, верно, "teach" было бы "учить русскому языку"

    Всё нафик позабудешь с этим английским...
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