Learning Russian Grammar is tough because Russian is an inflected language. The endings of words change according to their usage in the sentence. For example, the name Иван becomes Ивана when used to mean 'of Ivan'. It becomes Ивану when you mean 'to Ivan'. Don't worry, once you have developed your Russian Vocabulary, learning the rules of grammer becomes easier.
There are only 6 Russian cases to learn, but may take you a couple of days or years to master them depending on your inate language abilities. The cases are
English also has the cases which are used with people. For example,
- the genetive case: Ivan's house (or the house of Ivan)
- accusative case: he - him; she - her; they - them
However, all nouns, adjectives and verbs have different endings depending on the number, gender and case. What this means is that there seems to be 'a lot of grammar' in Russian when compared to English.
However, this is not the biggest task in learning Russian as you will find out. The toughest part is to learn the vocabulary. Once you have mastered a few hundred words, learning grammar becomes easier.
The best advice is to take the grammar in small bites and refer to them often. Over time you'll know them all without having to make conscious effort to check yourself.
Have a look at the Grammar Cheat Sheet from time to time.
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