With over 150 million native speakers, and 260 million speakers worldwide, Russian is the most widely spoken of the Slavic Languages. Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstand, Kazakhstan and many other small slavic territories. While not the official language, Russian is also spoken in Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and other former republics of the Soviet Union. Russia is the eighth most spoken language in the world.
So why should you learn Russian? Well, there are lots of reasons to consider. Perhaps you like the sound of Russian – many people do. Or maybe you have an interest in Russian culture and literature. Many of the world's most famous literary works are in Russian. And what better way to experience Russian heritage and culture than by learning to speak the language of its people? Learning to speak Russian is a must if you really want to enjoy and understand the Russian culture and its people. One of the great things about Russian, is that learning a little bit goes a long way. Where the French expect foreigners who visit France to speak French, Russian people will love you even if you only know a little Russian.
Believe it our not, business opportunities abound in Russia. Interested in launching a company in Russia or exploring lucrative business opportunities? If so, Russian is a good language to learn. Many firms and political organizations seek employees who speak Russian. While not as popular among students as other languages such as German or French, learning Russian can be advantageous simply because there aren't as many people who speak it.
If you're interested in learning Russian, then give it a shot! Use our tutorials and guides to learn a little Russian. If you like it, come back to learn more. Studying just a few minutes a day is all it takes to begin speaking Russian.
Russian for Travelers