Why learn the Russian language? It’s probably not the first that springs to mind when you’re thinking of learning a new language. But, there are some very good reasons why you should consider it.
For a start, here’s some astonishing stats: Russian is the largest native language spoken in Europe. The language’s more than 150 million primary speakers live in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. An additional 110 million non-native speakers use it worldwide. It is extremely influential in all Euro-Asian countries and the US. It is the official language in 38 territories. It’s the seventh most spoken language in the world and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Learning Russian allows you to join a global community.
Russian Language, Literature and Career Opportunities
At St. Petersburg University 1 in 10 students come from a foreign country. Many come to learn Russian, some simply out of love for Russian literature. After all, Russian is the language of some of the world’s best novelists, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy for example. Others see it as a career opportunity. Margarita Rusetskaya, from the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute says, ‘Our studies show that demand for personnel who can speak the Russian language in all spheres in the world today amounts to about 125 million people.’ There is strong market demand from business, notably in the science and communication sectors.
Russian Country and Culture
Russia is a huge and fantastic place, and each year welcomes more and more visitors and tourists. 17.5 million people came here in 2016, followed by 21.6 million in 2017. I went there in 2014 and will never forget the extraordinary architecture and the breathtaking art and objects at The Hermitage in St Petersburg – the second largest art museum in the world. (The Louvre is the largest.)
Before I went to Russia, I learned the Cyrillic alphabet. The alphabet looks difficult but in fact it’s very simple and it helped immensely being able to translate street names, metro stations and so on as we moved around. So don’t be discouraged just because it looks tricky. And the good news is that Russian grammar is very similar to English, so pretty easy to grasp.
Can’t wait to get started? Then contact us now to arrange your first lesson with Halyna Savchyn, our Russian and Ukrainian teacher.