Why are you learning Russian?
Well I like knitting and crochet and years ago,I found that some of the best patterns are in Russian and Japanese magazines. So I wanted to learn Russian, at the least be able to read it. I definitely figured out the words for "free download" fast lol. Though I can't remember them right now since it's been a few years since I've looked for patterns on the internet.
I bought a Pimsluer Russian course and liked it (the one where its only around $30, not the full course) but never wanted to spend the money to buy the full course because it is so expensive. So here I am years later finally getting to learn Russian FOR FREE (yay) and I am very thankful for that.
I also like how Russian sounds. The soft sounds ж and ш give it a similar kind of feeling like French to me. And then you have all those fun consonants to pronounce back to back. And I'm not being sarcastic. Even though some combinations are hard, it's like a tongue twister or figuring out a puzzle or something. Not sure how to explain it. For instance I like the tactile feel, the mouth feel of здравствуйте. Its fun being able to pronounce the combination. I learned здравствуйте on pimsluer before knowing how it's spelled (which I only just found out this past week) So hearing it helps. Hopefully there will be a better and more natural sounding Russian voice for the course eventually.
I still may have to go slow on Russian until the app availability kicks in. Im having sound issues with my browser. I do everything on my phone and non of the browsers on my phone are doing the sound right. Literally, the only sound I get is when I can press the repeat audio button. The sound is not automatic. Also no sound on picture choice, no sound on individual words. Yes my settings are correct both on duo and browser. It does this for the other courses now as well which had not been a problem for me since I use the phone app for practice. This wasn't a problem months ago when I did some practice on the website so whatever programming scripts they changed is not working for me now. And I have no "slow" button to show up which I think I saw someone else comment on the slowed down voice. And I can't access discussion which I think is also happening to some others. And I didn't get a notification email either when the course was ready. :-/ Despite all these setbacks, at least Russian is finally on here to learn.
Because it's like opening the door to a whole new world for me. Being able to understand what those "cryptic" Russian characters (Cyrillic) mean has fascinated me since childhood. Furthermore the culture where I live has hidden Russian influences everywhere and discovering them is becoming quite a fun game.
Professionally of course it's a great career investment. Russian is IMO second only to Chinese in business usefulness.
So many reasons...
I originally started learning Russian in high school. It was the only language that I could fit into my schedule.
My uncle married a Russian lady, so I'm looking forward to being able to say things to her in Russian at Christmas.
Russian is an important country in the world politically. It could be very useful to know this language. I like the language and the more I know, the more I like the people and the culture.
I've always been interested in the language and culture. I study languages at my university, but I must say Slavic languages have a special place in my heart. :) I also have good friends from Russian speaking countries, I would really like to be able to speak fluently with them. ^^
It's a very beautiful language. It is an important country in world politics and has a very interesting culture and history.
I've always found the culture and it's history fascinating, and love the literature I've read; I think it would be cool to try reading some Russian novellas in their mother tongue someday. Russia's also my next travel destination goal (I especially want to see Yasnaya Polyana), so I would love to know the language well enough to get around when I'm finally able to go