How Hard Is It To Learn Russian?
If you want a basic answer then Russian is pretty difficult, but don’t worry it’s not impossible. There are elements that are much easier than others and although it’s a hard language to learn it’s not necessarily the most difficult. It really depends on where your skills are. If you’re quite good at grammar then you might breeze through Russian.
So based on that we’ve broken down the different parts to learning Russian and have tried to give you a basic idea of how difficult they all are.
The Alphabet – Relatively Easy
The one good piece of news is that the Russian alphabet is relatively easy to learn. You can learn the Russian alphabet in just one day as there are only 33 letters and then you’ll be able to pronounce pretty much any Russian word you just might not know what you’re saying.
The Pronunciation – Moderately Difficult
Russian pronunciation is moderately difficult. The phonemes can be hard for English speakers to pronounce and there are two different ways to say ‘sh’ but it’s still achievable. You just need to train your mouth to get used to these new sounds and you’ll have it.
The Grammar – Relatively Difficult
Russian grammar is known for being difficult. Apart from having trouble with the pronunciation the thing you’re going to have the next most problems with is Russian grammar. It’s not impossible but it’s definitely a lot more difficult than most of the other languages that you might be considering learning.
Writing – Moderate
Because the alphabet is so easy for a native English speaker to learn, it doesn’t just take you a day to learn how to pronounce it. You could also spend a full day learning how to write each letter correctly. Then you can pretty much write any word. The only thing holding your writing skills back will be your grammar knowledge and your vocabulary.
Resources – Moderate
Another factor we use to determine how easy a language is is the amount of resources available for the learner. Although there aren’t as many options as for someone learning Spanish, there are still plenty of resources for a Russian learner both online and offline making it relatively easy to learn Russian for free. There are also lots of great Russian textbooks that you can use to help you.
Finding A Language Partner
Unfortunately a lot of Russian speaking people who live outside their country already speak pretty good English so you may have some issues but don’t worry, that’s why we have the internet. At least online you should be able to find someone you can practise with.
So Is Russian Difficult?
Russian is by no means an easy language but how difficult it is depends on what you excel at. Your main issue is going to be Russian grammar but if you’ve worked with other languages that use conjugation then this shouldn’t be too difficult for you. The pronunciation might also prove to be a bit of a challenge but again not enough to put you off.
Why not give yourself a confidence boost by learning the alphabet in day one and you’ll feel ready to get into the meat of the language and learn new words and how they’re written.