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Russian is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. It’s a beautiful and rich language. Russian literature includes a huge number of great works – Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Turgenev and so on…. The Cyrillic alphabet is quite different from the Latin one. Are you up to the challenge of learning such a different language
Scientists have proved that learning a foreign language is very beneficial to the brain!
Did you know that knowing Russian helps you to see the world differently? Russian speakers, who have more words than we do for light and dark blues, are better able to visually discriminate between shades of blue.
Russia is home to some of the world’s finest traditions in the arts. Ballet, theatre, cinema, literature, music, and visual arts are only a few of the areas in which Russians have established great traditions and continue to produce remarkable innovators.
The Red Army Choir, the Red Square, vodka, a cryptic alphabet. Those are just a few things that come to mind when considering Russia and the Russian language. Russia definitely has soul, albeit somewhat mysterious to foreigners. How can you enter this interesting, foreign world and push your knowledge beyond these stereotypes? By learning the Russian language!
More than 260 million people around the world speak it. Not only is it the official language of Russia, but it has official status in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It’s also spoken regularly in Israel, the Baltics, China, Ukraine, Armenia and even the United States. It’s sometimes considered the most spoken language in Europe and is the 8th most spoken language in the world.
Being a Slavic language, the Russian language has many similarities to languages such as Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Czech. There are more similarities between Russian and English than you’d think. It is estimated that there are around 850,000 Russian speakers in the United States alone.
Russia covers one-sixth of the Earth’s territory – meaning that knowledge of the language will automatically open the door to a significant number of people (144 million to be exact). It will also make travel to Russian-speaking countries much easier, safer and infinitely more rewarding. Speaking Russian also opens doors to employment in a wide variety of industries, from oil and gas, to teaching and interpreting.
With Talk Languages you would be taught Russian pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary by one of our team of professional, qualified teachers, gaining the confidence you need to speak in real-life situations.
Since the beginning of the new millennium, Russia has been (re)positioning itself as a major global economic force. From tourism to international affairs, having good knowledge of the Russian language could open numerous career pportunities.
Even if the position you’re applying for doesn’t require Russian, having it on your CV will make you stand out. To an employer, being able to dive into and follow through with a language as different (to English) as Russian shows serious dedication, resourcefulness and perseverance. All of which are highly sought after qualities.
You can learn a lot about Russian culture through its literature and language. What bookworm wouldn’t love to be able to read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin in the language they actually wrote in? Learning Russian will allow you to understand the complexity of this culture.
The Russian language has many nuances that English lacks. Sometimes English needs six words to express a concept, while two or three suffices in Russian. While that may seem like an oversimplification, it isn’t. The sparsity of function words – articles, “helper” verbs, connectors, and some prepositions – leaves more room for meaningful words.
Russian music is another way the culture manifests itself. From traditional music to the slightly more contemporary Red Army Choir and the Romantic music movement, music has always played a large role in Russian identity.
However, Russian culture isn’t limited to the classics! It has modernised and mixed with the global culture, all while remaining true to its roots. Russian TV shows, Russian film, modern Russian rock and rap music, and especially the alternative culture currently developing in St. Petersburg – all to be discovered and enjoyed all the more with even a little knowledge of the language.
Once you learn Russian, the way you experience travel to Russian-speaking countries will never be the same.
Russians are not known for their easy smiles, and some are wary of foreigners. To make things worse, few speak English. Therefore, tourists limit communication with the Russian people because of this language barrier. However, once you can have a conversation in Russian, even the most basic of conversations, making friends becomes much easier. It’s as if a veil is lifted.
Like most people, Russian people instantly become welcoming and friendly when you make an effort to communicate.
Russia is one of the largest producers of numerous natural resources and raw materials. These include petroleum, diamonds, gold, copper, manganese, uranium, silver, graphite, and platinum. Russia is the second largest steel producer in the world after Japan and has an enormous timber reserve. It is the world’s largest producer of natural gas, third largest producer of oil and fourth largest in terms of the mining of coal.
Russia has an estimated 40% of the world total reserves of natural gas. Its proven oil reserves are second only to Saudi Arabia’s, and it is the top oil producer in the world. Plus, Russia ranks among the top ten countries in the world for entrepreneurship.
According to a recent study, the number of publications in the sciences is highest for English, with Russian second. This is the case for chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, and biological sciences. Russia always has had a rich tradition in the sciences, from Mendeleev to recent Fields medallists in mathematics. The Soviet tradition of creating scientific towns and scholarly communities is giving way to a system of entrepreneurship backed by state agencies and private-sector start-ups.
Innovations in computer programming, software engineering, and information technology are coming out of Russian government agencies and private firms.
Business, science, politics, history, engineering, maths, music, english and other foreign languages – Russian provides you with opportunities your non-Russian studying classmates won’t have. For instance, a student reading Biology and Russian could study abroad and work with Russian biologists in a laboratory, get a fellowship to study freshwater ecology in Lake Baikal and Lake Tahoe, and then go on to medical school.
Studying Russian helps you enter post-graduate programs. Students who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance for graduate study in law school, business school, medical school, and other professional programs.
This is the best reason for learning Russian. You have read this far, so learning Russian has definitely piqued your interest. The number of speakers or the career opportunities a language affords would hardly be your sole reason for learning it. Passion and interest are the most important things that will help you learn a language.
So, follow your heart. Imagine that you’re walking through the streets of St. Petersburg on a winter evening. Or in the Red Square covered in snow, talking with your Russian peers in Russian about subjects that interest you. If this is a dream of yours, stop putting it off, and start learning Russian!
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She’s full of energy, wonderfully patient and I was left very inspired to venture on with my Russian.
Cameron – Learning Russian