Why learn Russian?
The Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said: "Know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag". Language learning is your ticket to new discoveries and adventures. If you learn Russian, it will definitely change your life.
Russian is ranked 8th in the world for the number of native speakers and 5th for the number of total Russian speakers.
Learn Russian and read in original the works of the famous poets and writers, such as Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Brodsky, Yesenin, Turgenev and so many others. Visit the famous Russian theatres and museums. Appreciate the beauty of the Russian culture through its language. Speak in Moscow about the Bolshoi Theatre, carry out a conversation in Saint-Petersburg about the Hermitage, bring a bathing suit to Sochi and put a lot of sour cream on your "пельмени" /pelimeni/. Speak and improve your skills as you discover the biggest country in the world.
The Russians stand out by being brilliant engineers, artists, musicians, choreographers, film-makers, mathematicians and so on. They have a unique culture, mentality and vision of life. Also, learning Russian is essential if you are thinking of becoming an astronaut. It is the official language of space.
The Russian language is charged emotionally. You can describe your thoughts, opinions and plans in so many interesting ways you can’t even imagine. There are almost no dialects of the Russian language, except for the basic ones: Southern, Northern and Central. So, when different people from different parts of Russia speak, you cannot even hear the difference between their accents. Moreover, Russian is widely spoken in other 15 ex-soviet countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, etc.
Also, once you learn Russian, it will be easier for you to discover other Slavic languages as well: Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Slovenian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, etc.