Learn Russian

Why should I learn Russian?

Of all Slavic languages Russian is the most spoken worldwide. It used to be called Great Russian language, an obsolete name formerly applied to the territories of „Russia proper“. It counts as a globally spoken language. Together with Ukrainian (before known as Little Russian), Belarusian (language of White Russia) and Rusyn, they build the east Slavic languages.
All these languages use the Cyrillic script.

250 million speakers – official language of the United Nations

Around 150 million people speak Russian as a mother tongue, and around 100 million people speak it as a second language. The Russian language is spoken by 250 million people altogether.

Russian is the official language spoken in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan. It is a regional spoken language in the Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. If you speak Russian, you will find conversation partners in all places around the former Soviet Union (USSR). Russian is one of the six official languages spoken in the United Nations.
A profound knowledge of Russian is the perfect basis for learning and studying the other Slavic languages.

Access to a fascinating culture – and new career options

People who speak Russian get access to a fascinating part of the world that is famous for its culture, celebrated works of art as well as literature. You get a better understanding of historical events, of past and present occurences. You learn about Russia’s history, but also interesting things you can find today, for example, Russia’s achievements concerning space exploration.

People like Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky and Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy are among Russia’s most renowned Russian writers. Other prominent Russians are the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the pioneering filmmakers Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky and Alexander Sokurov.

Because of the enlargement of the European Union to the east and new economic developments, the Russian language has been gaining and is still gaining attractiveness. The Russian language opens up promising career options.