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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

I can tell you as an American in your predicament not long ago, that I really benefitted from the tons of dialogs on the (free) site, learnrussian.rt.com for several reasons: they speak at a very ...
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Been learning Russian for 10 years, still can't understand my wife when she talks with her friends, what to do?

***we don't speak Russian at home Вот и объяснение вашего языкового барьера. Сайты и аудио вам не помогут, нужна интенсивная практика с носителями языка.
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Been learning Russian for 10 years, still can't understand my wife when she talks with her friends, what to do?

I will answer in Russian because it seems that you know it well enough. I've translated some phrases which seem the most difficult to me. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. My wife is of ...
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How can I learn the basic Russian suffixes and prefixes?

English prepositions can do two jobs: 1) changing the noun like "on the floor", and 2) changing the verb like "to get out". Unlike English ones, Russian prepositions do only 1). ...
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Russian dictionary with IPA transcription

Wiktionary has IPA for most Russian words.
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Been learning Russian for 10 years, still can't understand my wife when she talks with her friends, what to do?

I feel I can relate to where you come from a little. I am a programmer who has a wife who came from a foreign country and speaks a foreign language. She is from the U.S. and we speak English at home. ...
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As a student learning Ukrainian, should I also concurrently learn Russian? Or wait and tackle them separately?

I'd say it depends on how you would react to a large number of minor differences. The way dative case endings change the preceding consonants in Ukrainian but not in Russian, the -тся/-ться ...
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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

I highly recommend to read CocoPop's answer, since he is learning Russian, while most others are native speakers here. Also you may want to check out Resources for learing Russian for educational ...
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Orthodox priests' facility with the Church Slavonic language

My question, then, is this: How are Russian Orthodox priests educated with regards to the Russian recension of Church Slavonic? Do they learn it in the same way one might learn Latin or Ancient Greek (...
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Been learning Russian for 10 years, still can't understand my wife when she talks with her friends, what to do?

Words, Words, and more words—in my experience I needed to know 7–8,000 words before things became much easier. Maybe this isn't a problem for you, sorry :), but I think a lot of people can't ...
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Orthodox priests' facility with the Church Slavonic language

Well, unless there are some Russian priests actually here, I doubt anyone else can provide you a full answer on such a detailed question. But yes, the grammars of CS and modern Russian differ much, so ...
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Есть ли какой-то сайт, на котором можно написать предложение и получить назад то же самое предложение, но с добавленным ударением?

Да, есть: https://morpher.ru/accentizer Если что, сайт и программу расстановки ударений разработал я.
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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

As Artemix said, audiobooks (аудиокниги) may be very useful, but to my mind radio theatre (радиоспектакли), which is usually distinguished from audiobooks, would be more useful for training ...
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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

I think you can use the method I practiced long ago when studying English. I took a bunch of songs of my favorite genre (rock) and found lyrics for all of them. Then read them carefully to understand ...
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As a student learning Ukrainian, should I also concurrently learn Russian? Or wait and tackle them separately?

I am Ukrainian and yes I am bilingual. From what language start learning — it's dependent from your goal. If you need it for business or trip — you don't need to learn it both, just learn Russian ...
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Been learning Russian for 10 years, still can't understand my wife when she talks with her friends, what to do?

I believe that the main problem is the lack of self-confidence. That's not really a problem if your wife is speaking English to you. Just answer her in Russian. It's great that you can mostly ...
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Russian/Cyrillic italic font

Pretty much any more or less professional fontface for typing texts (not just fancy headers) supplies жирный, курсив and жирный курсив. So choose just any respectable serif font such as Cambria, Times ...
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Any website or app, where I can talk with russians?

vk.com for one. It's a Russian Facebook clone which many people use as a Tumblr substitute (yours truly included). If you find someone you want to talk to, just exchange Skypes. As to how to find ...
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Is a 5-week intensive course in a Russian-speaking country a good way to begin learning Russian?

If you chose between Spending 5 weeks in a Russian speaking country Not spending 5 weeks in a Russian speaking country it would be a very good way to begin your studies! OTOH, if you chose between ...
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The value of translation at a beginner level

i'm using English as a bridge Using bridges brings too many problems. You could improve your English, but break up your Russian. Better not. I've used this one month period just to break that ...
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What should I learn first?

The easiest way to start learning any language is to find a teacher or/and a course and join a target-language speaking community. Good books and motivation are also important. Nowadays there is a ...
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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

Use the free Media Player Classic to watch some movies/shows with subtitles and slightly slowed down audio - MPC will slow down speech without making audio sound bassy.
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Ways to better study глаголы движения

Here are some links for you to look at some pictures that explain the general meaning of different prefixes. Fortunately, with verbs of motion these really have more or less fixed meanings. http://...
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Ways to better study глаголы движения

The usual term in English is "verbs of motion" rather than "movement verbs". In any case, I think the best way to learn to use these is to use them a lot with native speakers. You could discuss ...
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Is a 5-week intensive course in a Russian-speaking country a good way to begin learning Russian?

Being a Russian language teacher, I personally think that it is a good way to start learning Russian because it is an intensive language immersion, that can be very useful sometimes (it is something ...
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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

:) To improve your listening skills I would really recommend listening to the dialogues. They are shorter than movies, so you can easily understand them. And for example, Ruspeach dialogues have both ...
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Russian dictionary with IPA transcription

The closest thing to a dictionary with transcription that I've found online is rhymes, which gives full declensions for nouns and adjectives, as well as full conjugations of verbs, and can optionally ...
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As a student learning Ukrainian, should I also concurrently learn Russian? Or wait and tackle them separately?

It depends on your goal. If you need the two languages for doing business, you can take them at once. You would learn them faster; the languages will probably be mixed up a bit, but that is pretty ...
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As a student learning Ukrainian, should I also concurrently learn Russian? Or wait and tackle them separately?

I live in Ukraine and speak both languages. Russian and Ukrainian languages are very close. It sometimes is advantage when you want to learn one of these languages while knowing the other, but in some ...
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