This past week I made some updates: Audio has been added for the Education and Dative & Plurals skills. Added bonus skill for Cards & Games with all audio uploaded. Completely revised Genitive Plural lesson which is now split into 3 lessons with audio (I just have to do the explanatory mems, which I hope to have done by the end of the week). I really expanded on the Genitive Plural section with a ton of examples of different types and irregulars… I tried to have an example of everything that would be encountered. Sorry to those of you who already did the skill, but I think it’s organized more effectively this way.
I’m glad you’re enjoying the course.
The thing is that I originally made this course for use with the reverse course. I finished that tree but then stopped updating it once the regular English to Russian course came out, so I could try to tailor it more to that one. However, the result is that the lessons don’t really match the tree. I didn’t bother making chapters for some lessons, such as the accusative case, as that wasn’t a lesson in the reverse course and I had basically folded that information into the other lessons already.
A lot of the information in my earlier lessons is probably too advanced, because it was from the reverse tree. As I’ve been going through the new tree, I have added more words. I think that memorizing the phrases you don’t quite understand grammatically can be a positive – when I was a newbie working through the reverse tree, sometimes I would just memorize the sentences but later, when reading another source, I would have that aha moment and go “oh, that’s why that was phrased that way.” And the bonus lessons are kind of wonky too – for example I made that school bonus lesson before the English to Russian tree was released, which had an education chapter, so a bonus lesson on school wasn’t really necessary and there’s some overlap. Basically when the course is complete you’ll find everything here but not in the right place.
Also, after each lesson in duolingo, I add the important words and phrases, then I will usually review that chapter in a grammar book (I use Golosa and the New Penguin Course) and consult some websites add more examples, especially for irregular grammar. Then I send that spreadsheet to Shady_arc, and as he’s recording, he often adds additional stuff too…. So there’s a lot, way more than you need to complete the tree, but I like that sense of completeness.
You could look at it more as a general Russian course on memrise with a lot of grammar, that is loosely tied to the duolingo tree, rather than just straight vocabulary from the duolingo tree. It should be attempted slowly, and you can always use the ignore button for words and phrases that aren’t what you’re learning on duo, and come back to those later.