Reasons For Learning Russian

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Subject: Russian
Last updated: 11/09/2017
Tags: culture, language, reasons to learn languages, russian tutor, spanish teacher lancaster

The first reasons the learn the Russian language is that it is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world. It is not only the official language of Russian, but also of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Additionally it is spoken widely in Ukraine, Bulgaria and some former Soviet Republics. At times, it has been considered as the most spoken language in Europe, and according to statistics, Russian is the 8th most spoken language in the world.

Being a Slavic language, Russian shares a lot of similarities with languages such as Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Czech. When it comes to the countries which were part of the old Soviet Union, it is estimated that those who were in their twenties after the collapse of the USSR still know some Russian.

A big part of Russian culture can be discovered through its literature and language. What literature lover wouldn't like to read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin in its original version? Russian has an enormous amount of expressions and phraseology that have a unique path in the historical and cultural formation of the language. Separating functional words such as articles, verbs, auxiliaries, connecting verbs and some prepositions allows the author to narrate the story even better as it leaves space for meaningful words.

After a few trips to Russia and after having spoken to other tourists there, my students are convinced of one thing: once you learn the Russian language (even if it is just a bit), your trips to Russia will be completely transformed.

Russians aren't known for their smiles, some aren't too trustworthy of foreigners either, and to make things worse, not many of them speak English or other European languages. So what usually happens is that tourists end up having limited communication with locals due to the language barrier, giving them a negative impression of their trip. However, I can assure you that after acquiring the ability to have a conversation in Russian, making friends will become much easier; it's as if a veil will be taken off, and Russians will instantly become welcoming and friendly.

Speaking the language and knowing the cultural background of the country will change the behaviour of locals, as you're not just a simple tourist, but you are interested in their language and culture. Once you've learned Russian, you'll never see Russia the same way.

Maria Golubeva Russian Teacher (Lancaster)

About The Author

My name is Maria and I am a qualified linguist and a professional Russian language tutor. I offer high quality one/two-to-one and group tuition for young people and adults and I am ready to tailor the lessons to students' needs.

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