Order of lessons

cnspector

cnspector

Hello,
I did see a similar question in the forum but without a satisfactory answer.
I have just started and have got to the fourth lesson (audio-meeting for coffe) and almost straight away there is a short quiz on the days of week.
What is the correct way to use this course in order to be able to do things like this quiz?
Also it doesn't seem logical to have tests on writing the words before learning to read.
Natalya - Tutor

Natalya - Tutor

Hi cnspector,
Thank you for your comments.
If you'd like to learn reading in Russian the best way is to start with our 'Writing lessons" section. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of the Russian sound system and letters and teaches you step by step how to read in Russian. Each letter is introduced in both the printed and handwriting versions accompanied by the sound. 
Once you're done with this section you can move on to Module 1 of 'Language and Culture lessons': 1.5; 1.6; 1.7 and 1.8. 
Having said that, it does not mean that you should stop doing your Interactive Audio lessons. You can still learn how to say some useful words and phrases!
I hope this helps, but please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. 
loudoniii

loudoniii

Hi cnspector

You make a good point!  I am also doing Rocket Russian, and found the same issue.

In one way it makes sense to get you speaking and learning the language as soon as possible, but it does mean that you have to try to write the language, ie the words learned in the first 5 lessons, before you have learned the Cyrillic alphabet!

I am struggling my way through it right now, but am having difficulty writing Cyrillic (as I haven't been taught it yet on the Rocket course).

I've taken the approach of doing what I can with the Writing section of lessons 1-5, then after I've studied the Writing Russian section, plan to go back and re-learn the writing portion of lessons 1-5. 

I'm finding the course a lot of fun, if a bit hard, until I get familiar with the Cyrillic letters.

One thing I did find very useful is to switch off the English translation of the Russian words (in my Settings), so now I see only the Russian Cyrillic letters and the meaning in English.  This means that I hear Natalya and Ivan saying the words in Russian, and I have to work my way through the Cyrillic lettering immediately to try to see what each letter means ... a bit harder to start with, but it gets you "thinking in Russian" from the very beginning, and it gets easier as it goes on.  

Best wishes, Paul


 

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