Noun endings.

I’ve been studying Russian for the past year — I took an intro-level course during my undergrad, and am now using Nicholas J. Brown’s New Penguin Russian Course (London: Penguin, 1996), which is designed for students studying for language exams. There are lots of these texts out there and are really great for studying language on your own, particularly as you can adapt them to your own pace and learning structure. (Though I suspect they are most helpful in conjunction with or after formal classes — if only because learning in a classroom setting generally forces one to rehearse vocabulary and grammar exercises repeatedly and in different modes).

I’ve opted for a slow meandering through the course, about twenty minutes a day: ten minutes learning a new concept, and ten minutes reviewing previous vocabulary and grammar paradigms. The slow pace means that after a year I’m basically through a third of the book, but I also find I’m retaining a lot of the grammar in all its complexity.

So today marks the day that I was able to write down complete sets of noun endings for masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns in all their configurations (that’s 156 endings!). I’m pretty excited about this feat — especially as it will make deciphering sentences a lot easier and removes some of the cognitive impediments to learning new concepts.

Should probably study pronoun and adjective endings more extensively though.

10 April 2015


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