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Di you like Russia?

Yes, I love it! 218 35.68%
 
No, I hate it. 144 23.57%
 
Russia is strange... 130 21.28%
 
Don't know yet, curious ... 67 10.97%
 
Don't know and don't care. 45 7.36%
 
Total:604
crissindahouse said:

Do you guys think that it was a huge mistake to sell Alaska? I mean, damn...

Yes



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what do you think about russian germans or volga germans, or whatever they call them. what do you think about the ones living in germany now and the one who stayed in russia. I'm myself one, I can talk in russian although I'm really bad at it but I can't read it because I was never in a russian school(and reallllyyy lazy). Sometimes I meet real russians on vacation. for them I'm sometimes a nazi, sometimes a traitor and sometimes a comrade.



i would ask one.....why is russia too damn huge



aviggo77 said:
i would ask one.....why is russia too damn huge


Ivan the Terrible

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_the_Terrible



Mnementh said:
Lumikki said:

I also learnt Russian in school and I think it's not the easiest, but in the same time it's the hardest language. For example I think German was much much more trickier than Russian. There's lots of irregularity in grammar and not always the words are pronounced as written (o is sometimes pronounced as a etc). I could say that if you learn the cyrillic alphabet you will notice that Russian has borrowed lots of loan words from German/English/Swedish/French and it easies the learning a lot if you are familiar with those languages. I haven't either used Russian for a long time and starting forgetting.....

As I'm german, I have no problems with it. But I agree, most foreigners I know claim german is very hard to learn.

@pezus: I can't Icelandic, is it really that hard?

It is. Infamously so. Even for a lot of Icelanders. I can't imagine trying to learn it if I came from England/USA, for example.



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pezus said:
Mnementh said:
Lumikki said:

I also learnt Russian in school and I think it's not the easiest, but in the same time it's the hardest language. For example I think German was much much more trickier than Russian. There's lots of irregularity in grammar and not always the words are pronounced as written (o is sometimes pronounced as a etc). I could say that if you learn the cyrillic alphabet you will notice that Russian has borrowed lots of loan words from German/English/Swedish/French and it easies the learning a lot if you are familiar with those languages. I haven't either used Russian for a long time and starting forgetting.....

As I'm german, I have no problems with it. But I agree, most foreigners I know claim german is very hard to learn.

@pezus: I can't Icelandic, is it really that hard?

It is. Infamously so. Even for a lot of Icelanders. I can't imagine trying to learn it if I came from England/USA, for example.

From what I read up just a few minutes ago, Icelandic should be easier for English speakers than some others.  Also, it says it's subjective as they say learning any language is "hard."  Some are easier than others, but there isn't really a hardest one.  

It goes to explain that declensions are probably the reason why it's considered so difficult.



MDMAlliance said:
pezus said:
Mnementh said:
Lumikki said:

I also learnt Russian in school and I think it's not the easiest, but in the same time it's the hardest language. For example I think German was much much more trickier than Russian. There's lots of irregularity in grammar and not always the words are pronounced as written (o is sometimes pronounced as a etc). I could say that if you learn the cyrillic alphabet you will notice that Russian has borrowed lots of loan words from German/English/Swedish/French and it easies the learning a lot if you are familiar with those languages. I haven't either used Russian for a long time and starting forgetting.....

As I'm german, I have no problems with it. But I agree, most foreigners I know claim german is very hard to learn.

@pezus: I can't Icelandic, is it really that hard?

It is. Infamously so. Even for a lot of Icelanders. I can't imagine trying to learn it if I came from England/USA, for example.

From what I read up just a few minutes ago, Icelandic should be easier for English speakers than some others.  Also, it says it's subjective as they say learning any language is "hard."  Some are easier than others, but there isn't really a hardest one.  

It goes to explain that declensions are probably the reason why it's considered so difficult.

Probably the main reason, yeah. 

English grammar is just so basic (mostly) that I imagine learning all this new stuff would be hard. We also have sounds that most foreigners even seem unable to pronounce. I guess that's true of many languages though. But I hear again and again from foreigners that they think Icelandic is really hard to learn.



pezus said:
^Some of you guys must not have tried studying Icelandic


Well i think that not that many have tried to study Finnish either... =P



Sharu said:
cantaim said:
Can you please tell me what russians think of Joe Stalin.

I think he was a great leader, the best we had in the 20th century. I know that not all Russians will agree with me, but it is my opinion.

I can somewhat understand how people in Russia like Putin but Stalin? What!? One of the biggest and most cold blooded dictators in human history. Deported millions of people after (and during) WWII and purged hundreds of thousands. Even Lenin was afraid of Stalin before he died and made a testament that was however suppressed by the ruling troika (That included Stalin).



haxxiy said:
lukeroux said:
Sharu said:
lukeroux said:
Because we're paying for comunisim to this day.

Guys, at least last 25 years you're by yourself. But you prefer building better Poland by cleaning pipes in UK.

If it wasn't for you guys we wouldn't have to.


GDP per capita on Eastern Europe has been a stable one third compared to the West for at least three centuries now, though, mostly because of the Atlantic trade corridor, and a favorable climate before that. Except for the 80's, the economic growth under communism wasn't that bad. It wasn't catching up, but it wasn't eating dust either.

On the other hand, the fall of the communist regime demographically condemned most of Eastern Europe, with a few exceptions (Russia itself and the Caucasus nations). I think the Eastern bloc could have made the necessary economic and social changes and pull a China, but instead it collapsed in a rather spetacular fashion ://

Yeah. I'm not a terrible enemy of the free markets, but they need to be adopted judiciously. If you go from a heavily regulated, protected market to a market with fewer barriers to trade, all you end up with is a country with no comparative advantage (due to said protectionism) getting eaten alive by foreign firms, then everyone is out of work and you have real trouble...

The de-nationalization of the end of Communism was something that should have been undertaken gradually, even in the multiparty environment. (e.g., the death of economic Communism should have been slower than the death of political Communism).



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