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Comment from: meathive [Visitor] · https://kinqpinz.info/
I'm NEVER going to learn this language, am I!

Don responds: I know the feeling! But of course Russian, like most other subjects, will yield its secrets to any reasonably intelligent person who is willing to take the time. "Slow and steady wins the race" is entirely true in Russian. When you get frustrated or overwhelmed, take a step back, breathe deeply, and remember some bit of Russian vocab or grammar that you know that someone else doesn't. See? By comparison you are making progress! :) Then just return your attention to the bit you are working with at the moment. It will all come.

I recently started studying Pashto. I've never had to master Arabic script before; it was intimidating. And worse yet, Pashto organizes its cases differently than any other Indo-European language I've encountered. (The case of the subject of the verb is partially dependent on the TENSE of the verb. How's that for freaky?) But the script is coming along, and the case concepts are slowly becoming familiar.

So keep at it, MH. If five-year old Russian kids can speak Russian, then, by heaven, the adult you can learn Russian, too!
03/11/10 @ 15:03
Comment from: Eray ÖZGÜR [Visitor] Email
Hi..
I could not understand,which structure is correct.

"...закрыть дверь на ключ." OR
"...закрыть дверь с ключом."

Don responds: Interestingly enough, the Russians use the на + accusative phrase to indicate how you lock a door. You can also say «закрыть на засов» “to bolt the door” and «закрыть на цепочку» “to close the door and set the chain.” Unfortunately «с ключом» means “in the accompaniment of a key” (sort of), so that won't work for locking a door.
11/06/11 @ 13:00

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