all you guys have about a 3 or 4 year old's level of Russian, funny stuff
You're being much too generous as I'd put them at about a 2 yrs old level, if that
The guy in the video is partially right, vocabulary is important in any language. BUT, the hardest part is understanding what is said because Russian cases change the sound of the word depending on the case (endings and beginnings of words change), and it will sound different than its base form. Not to mention the speed of the language coming at you, and colloquialisms, slang, etc. His Russian is awful BTW.
Russians, do though, appreciate any attempt to speak their language and would never criticize you to your face if you're butchering it like this is guy is. You know, just like you wouldn't say anything to a sweet dev when she's speaking "wacky" English, even though you basically understand some of what she's saying.
Now if you can open a bank account at a Russian bank without help that would be something. Or pay the utility bill or tell the landlord your internet is down.
Pretty basic stuff, but if a non-native speaker can do this it's certainly an accomplishment.
Pray tell if you can order an iced cappuccino heavy foam, less sugar, more ice in Russian and then I'll be impressed. I did it every day
And therein lies the key - repetition. Speaking, listening to native phrasing (the most important thing to do IMO), and repeating phrases w/vocabulary mixed in its proper tense is much, much better than simply learning Russian words.
So when someone tells me my Russian is 'awful' ... who gives a .. ? ) I get by .
sure you do.