Facts about the Russian language – why you should learn it!

Russian is an East Slavic language and an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of the three living members of the East Slavic languages.

It is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages. It is also the largest native language in Europe, with 144 million native speakers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Russian is the eighth most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers and the seventh by total number of speakers. The language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

 

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5 Reasons to Learn Russian

  1. Speaking Russian will increase your job opportunities and salary potential.
  2. Studying Russian increases your appreciation of other people and their cultures.
  3. Learning a new language, like Russian, develops your critical and creative thinking skills.
  4. Proficiency in Russian will significantly improve your chances of being accepted to a university and to graduate school.
  5. Russian is the language of many great literary masterpieces.

— Source: Wikipedia and American Association of Teachers of French