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The importance of the Russian Language

Why study Russian?  

Russia’s rich culture

Geographically, Russia is vast and diverse. The largest country in the world, Russia has eleven time zones. There is little that its landscape does not offer to the intrepid explorer, from desert to coastline, mountains to marshes and treeless plains (called steppes) to pine forests (called taigas).

Russia’s history is equally colourful. Once a tsarist regime, where glittering balls were held in splendid palaces, the country experienced war and revolution, leading to communist rule and the establishment of the Soviet Union.

The native country of literary greats, (Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pushkin, Akhmatova, and Pasternak, to name a few), learning Russian will allow you to read renowned literature in its original form.

Russian is one of the world’s most spoken languages

Russia is the eighth most widely spoken language in the world. Due to the Soviet Union’s influence in much of Eastern Europe, the language is a common second language in the area. Learning the language will allow you to communicate not just in Russia, but also in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and even Israel.

It opens doors to other languages

As a Slavic language, Russia has many similarities with languages from the same family, including Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech and Polish.

Is Russian a difficult language?

Russian can be deemed a challenging language, though for the same reason being able to speak the language is held in high esteem and, by learning it, you will really stretch yourself. Below are the difficult and easy aspects of the language.

It is easy if you speak other languages

Learning any kind of second language will make acquiring Russian an easy task as you have already trained your brain for the task of speaking a language that isn’t your native one. If you already speak a Slavic language, learning Russian will pose much fewer challenges.

The Russian alphabet

If you are looking to read and write Russian, it will be necessary to learn a new alphabet. Nevertheless, you can still begin to speak and listen to the language in the early stages of your learning and can address learning the alphabet once you feel more confident in your abilities. Undertaking one-one-one Russian language lessons with Eszett, you can practice your speaking with a native speaker to progress quickly.

The grammar

Russian grammar is unique and fascinating. Some of its complexities arise from its genders (masculine, feminine and neutral), its cases and the fact that many of the subtilties of meaning are expressed by changing the word itself, rather than using auxiliary verbs, as in English for example. Nevertheless, once you have mastered the rules, you will discover that Russian grammar is very logical. Russian also has few irregular verbs, does not use articles (i.e. ‘a’ and ‘the’), has no verb for ‘to be’ in the present tense and can be very flexible with word order. Moreover, belonging to the Indo-European family of languages, the grammar concepts are familiar to anyone who speaks a Western European language. In fact, Russian grammar shares many similarities with that of Latin.

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