Bored out of my skull... suggestions?

I just started on learning Russian and I've done my Anki pronunciation trainer for the day which took only about 10 minutes and I'm just bored, I have a lot more time on my hands that I'd like to spend on Russian, but I also realize I can't just pick up the phrasebook quite yet and try and read words found there because I don't have Cyrillic quite into my brain yet, obviously- it is day one after all. Anyone have advice on what I can do to fill out my day which would also be productive and help my Russian a bit. Thanks in advance

* Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.

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  • Hi
    First you can increase your today's new card limit to study at least one hour a day.
    I'm use Glossika GSR while I'm learning the 625 words, It's allowed me to have one hour with study in anki and one hour with Glossika.
    And if you have motivation just listen or watch something in Russian.


    * Originally posted by Doug_guerra.
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  • I've been listening to Russian music while laying in bed trying to sleep. Youtube videos make it so easy.

    Glossika seems a bit pricey to me, yes, I'm pretty cheap. :)

    I'm almost afraid to change the card limit on Anki because I know Gabe set those limits specifically not to overwhelm us, for instance today I have 17 new words and 20 due for review in Russian Pronunciation. So that's 37, maybe that's enough and will take longer today than I breezed through yesterday with fewer than that to be sure, or seemed to. Only took about 15 minutes to finish yesterday.

    Right now I have about 4-6 hours a day to burn into study though. That will come in handy once I have comprehension of the alphabet and pronunciation. In the meantime it just feels like it's dragging.


    * Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.
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  • I'm learning 75 cards a day with 200 reviews a day this takes me about 60 minutes a day.
    I don't think music can help with learn just by listen, you get lost by melody and rhythm.


    * Originally posted by Doug_guerra.
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  • Well music is only a part of it, and at this stage when I'm learning the alphabet it's helping me tune my ear in to the language a bit. It's sounding more like words today than a few days ago when it all seemed like gibberish. Being able to tell when one word stoops and another word starts is a skill I'm developing at this point, especially when listening to Russian rap where they are especially fast talking.

    I was so stuck in the pronunciation trainer last night I kept forgetting the spelling, it was frustrating, what normally takes me about 15-20 minutes to review took me a whole hour, repeating the same 12 cards over and over, then it was 11, then 9 then 5, then the last 3 were just not connecting with my ear right and it boiled down to rote memorization. Now when I encounter them today I'll see if all that struggle pays off... I expect it to, at least with those cards they shouldn't be as difficult.

    I found a program "How to pronounce Russian correctly. I'm going to poke away at that while doing my cards at the same time. in a week I'll take out my Russian keyboard and start working on touch typing alongside everything else... at that point I should no longer be bored. I just find the first few steps to be a bit of slow slogging through, but I do know in the long run I'm forming a deep foundation that will pay off.

    Without struggle there can be no progress a very wise man once said.

    * Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.
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  • @LetsPlayThisBro: Ramp up those new card limits! :) Just do them precisely - instead of 28/20/8 new cards/day, do 56/40/16 or 84/60/24. (I'd go for the 56 if I were you, or if you do the 84, then tone it back down once you start creating other flashcards).

    And once you're through the majority of the spelling rules (if you increase your new card limits then that should be after 7 days or so), it's not entirely crazy for you to start early work on building your first flashcards. Lately I've been pushing folks into sentences via tutoring as early as they can handle it, as per: https://fluent-forever.com/italki-tutor-guide/ (But you're free to just do simple picture words for a while, until you get your feet under you!)

    I hope that helps!
    -Gabe

    * Originally posted by Gabriel Wyner.
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  • Thanks Gabe, and yes it's a great suggestion. I'm having such a hard time with some of the letters I know I at least need more review of them. Those that have more than one pronunciation attached are particularly brutal for me. I've got a bit of dyslexia to start out with but with some letters being "slippery" in how they're pronounced it's a bit of a struggle.

    It's why I've carved out a whole month for nothing but spelling/pronunciation, and if I'm still struggling longer I'll put off advancing to word cards until I really have this "down pat" so to speak. With Russian in particular I feel this is vital, and not something that can be put off to a later stage in learning Russian, because a bad habit or a habitual mistake now will only go deeper in my memory if I rush this stage.

    * Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.
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  • I started relearning Russian on Duo, hit an impasse, then found FF. using Gabe’s suggestion, I decided to tackle “learn pronunciation first” by taking on Harry Potter. I love HP. I’ve read all the books (both American and British) a number of times seen all the movies, and once they came out in audio, listened to all seven in order.

    I dug around YouTube and found all seven books in Russian. In addition, I also found all seven of the books in hard copy, mostly through Amazon, but a Google search will turn up other vendors. Getting them that way will keep the costs down (the audiobooks are free and the hard copies range from $10 to $20 or so).

    So for the past 2-3 weeks, I’ve been listening to Book 1 for 30 to 60 minutes a day, just as a method of training and not to try and translate. By the fourth day, I found myself “hearing” the Russian more distinctly, and this has continued to improve with the passage of time. I’m catching words that I either learned from Duo or the 625 word list that I’ve made flash cards for (вверх for example).

    There is no boredom!

    Speaking of flash cards, I have managed to master Anki AND Windows 10 (a particularly deadly combination for me) and am building flash cards using no English at all. The front has the word in Russian while the back has a graphic plus a sound file.

    I search Google images using Russian and grab my mp3s either from FF, forvo.com or another site I found: shtooka.net. Once downloaded, I rename my mp3s in Russian.

    I also have a few friends through www.mylanguageexchange.com who are very helping me with my pronunciation.

    All of this has restarted my learning curve and Gabe’s right using graphics really does get things into memory much more efficiently. The nice part is with the exception of the books I purchased and a couple of things from the FF store, everything’s free.

    * Originally posted by bobbeleh1.
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  • Part of my problem is I'm disabled so I have 24/7/365 time to spend however I choose. Even if I slept a full 8 hours a night, I don't, I'd still be left with 16 hours a day to fill. Rather than zone out on TV/Netflix I'd rather do something practical, like learn a language or 3, or 6. :)

    So yeah, devoting 10 hours a day into language learning is a LOT. I've taken a break while I try to get my health right. I have lots of physical stuff to deal with.

    I feel for you folks though that have only an hour or less a day to put into it. Boredom never strikes I'm sure. Anyway, happy language learning.

    * Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.
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  • If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend www.mylanguageexcchange.com. I’ve made some amazing friends who are so willing to help you learn their language in exchange for help learning yours. There’s a free version and a paid version. I just love the opportunity for cultural exchange as well.

    * Originally posted by bobbeleh1.
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  • You have a TYPO in the URL you posted:

    www.mylanguageexchange.com

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