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    vocabulary

    i know my question has no real answer but since i have a major issue with remembering some russian words, i'm asking you all how you do not to mix up everything and simply memorize vocabulary.

    for instance, i keep mistaking podpissat', raspissat'sia, vypissat' all the time.
    and the same obviously goes with many other verbs with prefixes. if those prefixes (or whatever you call them) sometimes add a valid point (otstupit', vyidti', razdvinut'), sometimes, they're just losing me.
    the podpissat'/vypissat' example is a perfect one.
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    I think it will be years yet before I stop mixing up stuff like that. Just be pacient and um... there is nothing you can do.

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    Re: vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by possopo
    i know my question has no real answer but since i have a major issue with remembering some russian words, i'm asking you all how you do not to mix up everything and simply memorize vocabulary.

    for instance, i keep mistaking podpissat', raspissat'sia, vypissat' all the time.
    and the same obviously goes with many other verbs with prefixes. if those prefixes (or whatever you call them) sometimes add a valid point (otstupit', vyidti', razdvinut'), sometimes, they're just losing me.
    the podpissat'/vypissat' example is a perfect one.
    Well, the only think I would recommend is to associate Russian previxes with English prepositions, i.e.:

    под- under
    вы- out
    в- in
    у- off
    при- in
    от- off
    рас- dis (distribute = распределять)
    etc.

    This accociation is relative and may play a bad joke on you some day since there ARE exceptions but Russian prefixes generally have similar meaning with English verb+preposition combinations.

    The issue about -ся endings can be associated with the word self since -ся means себя (self)

    расписаться = расписать (самому/for yourself)

    That's not much but I hope it'll help.
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    I am terrible at remembering words and rules!! I have to learn only through "feel". It is a slow way to learn and requires constant exposure to the language. This is the same way I learned to play musical instruments too! I would have to sit all day with a guitar in my hands and just experiment with it and get the feel of the strings and neck and the sounds that came from placing my fingers at different frets.
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    The smart thing to do is to memorize things in units -- not so much as isolated words. That provides a context that is more likely to stick in your memory.
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    context is important, i know. the thing is i'm using a sweet little software that you provide with words' lists but you can't really put whole sentences in it.
    it's a good but a little systematic method and has its flaws. i need to go over a word ten to fifteen times over a year'span to finally know it and still use it in a pretty akward way.
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