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Learning Russian will not only give you access to the beauty and culture of the largest country in the world. But also opens up some unusual job opportunities.
The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world by far. With a total area of around 17 million square kilometres and 11 time zones. Canada is next largest with a total area of just under 10 million square kilometres. Russia has more neighbouring countries than any other country and is home to the deepest lake and oldest mountains in the world. It boasts diverse, spectacular scenery with 47 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and more than 200 natural conservation areas.
Natural beauty is not the only attraction, and Russia is known for its rich and unique culture with traditions of excellence in literature and the arts.
Now that you know how intriguing and beautiful Russia is. You may be considering taking on the challenge of learning this complex language.
Learning a new language is beneficial no matter which language you choose as the learning process itself enhances the way your brain functions long term. However, no matter your motivation for learning a second language, there are several excellent reasons to learn Russian.
#1 Russian is one of the world languages
A world language is an international language spoken by numerous people as both a native and second language. World languages have many speakers, are widely geographically distributed, and are used in international organizations and for diplomatic relations.
Russia definitely qualifies. It is the 8th most spoken language in the world, with around 258 million speakers in total. Of these, 153.6 million are native speakers and 104.3 million second-language speakers. It is the official language of 4 countries and is spoken in many others. It is also one of the six official languages used by the United Nations alongside Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.
#2 Interesting and varied employment opportunities
Have you ever considered becoming an astronaut or perhaps working for the intelligence community? If so, learning Russian is a must for you.
Many federal agencies in the USA, including the CIA, need staff with Russian language skills. They have listed Russia as a priority language of national need. All astronauts have to learn Russian as part of their training. When in space, they are transported to the International Space Station in a Russian shuttle, and the computer system and components in the space station use both English and Russian.
Learning Russian also opens great opportunities to work as a language professional for the United Nations as Russian is one of the six official languages used. The correct interpretation and translation of the official languages is very important for clear, concise communication.
Russia has a strong economy and is such a large market that knowing Russian gives you a definite advantage. More so, if you work for an international company or the finance, tech, and law sectors.
#3 Access to some of the best literature, poetry, music, and dance in the world
Language is linked to culture, and learning Russian gives you a greater appreciation of the rich Russian culture filled with traditional folklore, literature, dance, and music.
Russia has a long history of literary excellence that has had a worldwide impact. It is also known for its ballet and is home to the world-famous Bolshoi and Mariinsky ballet companies.
Folklore and fairytales have been an integral part of Russian life for generations. They have colorful characters and costumes that stem from the traditions and pagan beliefs of ancient Slavs.
#4 Unlimited opportunities to travel and explore Russia
Russia is a vast country with many diverse regions, remote villages, and vast landscapes. However, English is not widely spoken, and most of the signage and information is written using the Russian alphabet.
If you want to venture out of Moscow and St Pietersberg and truly experience more of the wonders of Russia. You are going to need to learn some Russian.
What makes the Russian language so unique?
Russian is a complex, expressive language with distinct sounds and accents not found in any other language. Many people describe it as beautiful and very expressive, but you will have to listen for yourself and decide.
It has a unique alphabet, nothing like the Latin alphabet of the germanic and romance languages. It is called the Cyrillic alphabet and has 33 letters, including 10 vowels, 21 consonants, and 2 silent pronunciation characters. Cyrillic letters are similar to Greek letters, which is not surprising as Cyrillic was created by modifying the Greek alphabet. The letters can be written in capitals, lowercase, and Cyrillic cursive.
Although many Cyrillic letters look like Latin letters, they are pronounced differently, making pronunciation a challenge for English speakers.
Why use a private tutor to learn Russian?
Using Superprof is one of the easiest ways to find a Russian tutor in Canada. You can search for suitable tutors online in the comfort of your home 24/7.
There are several native Russian speakers in Canada available to tutor you. Superprof provides information on their location, experience, and price, as well as details on the type of tuition they offer. Reviews from other students will make it easier to find a tutor who suits you.
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