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- It's nice to appreciate the beauty or the fascination a language provides, but that's a lousy reason to learn.
- There are two characters in the Russian alphabet that will leave you perplexed for a long time as you take on the challenge of this new language: the soft sign (ь) and the hard sign (ъ).
- Each language feels different when it hits your ear, and feels strange as it exits your mouth — often leaving your tongue twisted into a new, uncomfortable shape.
- Unlike English, where we have several prepositions to make distinctions about locations, Russian primarily uses only two. It's often confusing, and seemingly arbitrary, choosing between в and на.
- Unlike the rag-tag collection of prefixes in the English language, the Russian prefixes are complete and clear, and rather well-defined.