https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

Hey Russian learners! Where are you from?

Western or Eastern Europe? South or North America? Asia or Oceania? Maybe Africa?
What are you learning Russian for? I see many native Russians like I'm here, their intentions are clear - to repeat the training in the opposite direction.

I'm not going to share the information with FSS or DOD, just curious ;)

November 8, 2015

251 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

There are more than one hundred answers, and here are some results:

USA (США) 40
Canada (Канада) 10
Australia (Австралия) 7
UK (Великобритания) 7
Poland (Польша) 5
Brazil (Бразилия) 4
Iran (Иран) 4
Argentina (Аргентина) 3
France (Франция) 3
Germany (Германия) 3
Netherlands (Нидерланды) 3
Serbia (Сербия) 3
Egypt (Египет) 2
Italy (Италия) 2
Japan (Япония) 2
Mexico (Мексика) 2
Spain (Испания) 2
Turkey (Турция) 2
Venezuela (Венесуэла) 2
Belgium (Бельгия) 1
Bulgaria (Болгария) 1
Chile (Чили) 1
Colombia (Колумбия) 1
Croatia (Хорватия) 1
Denmark (Дания) 1
Finland (Финляндия) 1
Georgia (Грузия) 1
Greece (Греция) 1
Hungary (Венгрия) 1
India (Индия) 1
Ireland (Ирландия) 1
Isle of Man (Остров Мэн) 1
Latvia (Латвия) 1
Lithuania (Литва) 1
New Zealand (Новая Зеландия) 1
Norway (Норвегия) 1
Philippines (Филиппины) 1
Slovenia (Словения) 1
Sweden (Швеция) 1
(126 replies and 39 countries total)

I am not clear about including the +1 button results here, so this table only represents the number of people who replied here.

(Data updated)

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje

Великобритания (The U.K.) :D

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Georgia, Caucasus :)

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/paradisebritish

Asia, Iran! Азия, Иран ^_^ But I've just learned a few words of Russian! ;)

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ana.salimi

hey how are you???? i'm from shiraz,too!!!!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/paradisebritish

Thanks! I come from ahvaz! just live in Shiraz ;)

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseDG1

I'm from California. We have two children who were adopted from the former USSR and are native Russian speakers. We want to travel back to their birth country some day, and I never learned how to read and write very well -- I can get along okay, but I'm illiterate and I want better grammar, vocab, etc.

November 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusicMan82

Massachusetts, in the northeastern USA. I'm learning because I'm a classical singer and there is too much cool Russian music that I've been scared of approaching. And as a teacher I want to know my way around a little so I don't look like a complete idiot when guiding students into this music as well. Plus I love the challenge. THANK YOU FOR THE COURSE!

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rsalieto

Spain, moving to Russia anytime soon

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-..--..-.-.-.-

Canada

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lannigan

America. My husband is Russian and his parents don't speak english. I'm learning so I can finally converse with them... no more translating during dinner! :)

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pskully

Америка .. Но я живу в Японии. (Ниигата) В следующем году я поплыву до Владивостока.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/osleek
  • 1253

if you will 'пойду' (will go) you will drown somewhere there, because пойду - will walk on foot.

from Japan you can: 'полечу' (will fly, will travel by plane), 'поплыву' (will sail/swim/move by the means of a ship) or just "поеду" (car, train,etc with wheels)

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pskully

Спацибо!

Следующем году я поплыву до Владивостока~

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

But sailors usually say that their ships "ходят" and don't really love the word "плавать" )))

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

Canada. I'm learning it for fun and as a challenge, as this is my first language with a non-Latin alphabet, also the first not from Western Europe (the 7th language I'm learning). It's not half as hard as I though it would be, at least so far.

Edit: Alright, alright! I get it, Russian (as all other Slavic languages) is an European language. I've rectified it in my original comment.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Well, when you know 6 languages the seventh is never that hard. :D

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

Indeed! But I anticipated a bit more of a challenge with the Cyrillic alphabet. Maybe it's not so hard because it's still close enough to the Latin one. I mean each letter represents a sound, unlike Chinese where each character is a word (or a concept) or Japanese where each character is a syllable.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Yeah, that's true, Cyrillic is definitely easier than Chinese or Japanese scripts. :) A little more challenging is Arabic, as it has three forms for each letter and those letters are written tied to each other. :)

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnttiKammonen

Russian is very much an european language in every way except the writing part! :D

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

Yes, Theron126 already corrected me on that part. Actually, a few other European languages use alphabets other than the Latin one, like Greek and all the Slavic ones that use some variations of the Cyrillic alphabet (as Russian does). I actually meant Western European.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

The Georgian and Armenian languages, which are also generally considered European, have their own alphabets (all the letters in Georgian look the same to me). I don't know of any others besides those you mentioned.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

Georgian unlike Armenian is not a Indo-European language, but from the unique Kartvelian family. Georgians! Take care of your language.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Georgia and Armenia are both considered to be European countries, so you could call them European languages, although like some other European languages such as Basque, Finnish and Gaelic Georgian is not Indo-European. I actually had no idea whether Armenian and Georgian were Indo-European or not, I knew they didn't belong to any of the three main groups of Indo-European languages.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

The definition of Russian as a non-European language is pretty dubious...

By the way, in Japanese each letter represents a syllable only in the Katakana and Hiragana scripts. There are also the Kanji pictograms which are largely borrowed from Chinese. I studied Japanese once but never learned to read it.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

You're right. For both your affirmations. Maybe I should have called it a non-europeanish language, or rather not a Western European language. ;-)

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Yes, it's quite different from the Romance and Germanic languages, and also from English which is a mix of the two. The Slavic languages are also Indo-European so not wholly unrelated. There are a lot of similarities to Greek, I think.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

"There are a lot of similarities to Greek, I think."

Actually only alphabet and several scientific-technical terms

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

I only ever learned 5 cases in Latin, what did I miss? [...]

Replying here because we've hit the comment depth limit.


There were actually 7 cases in Latin, but only 5 were used widely.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Oh, that explains it. I never got that far in Latin, I was made to study it against my will. I still can read it somewhat but I don't really speak it at all.

Latin seemed a relatively useless language, nobody speaks it any more and everything in Latin worth reading has been translated to English. It's good for a scientist to know, but I always hated science.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

I believe it also has been influenced by Latin : it has three genders and 6 cases, just like Latin did. But I'm no expert.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

I only ever learned 5 cases in Latin, what did I miss? At least some Slavic languages, by the way, have a seventh vocative case used when addressing someone, but Russian doesn't generally use a vocative case, as far as I know it's only used when addressing God.

Latin also was influenced by Greek to some extent, I'm not sure how much impact Greek had on the grammar. The Romance languages developed from Latin, the Germanic and Slavic I think came from Asia. Latin probably had more influence on the Germanic languages, they were closer and had more to do with the Romans.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiryo

Latin had very little contact with Eastern and Southern Slavic languages, so I don't think their complexity is from there.

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiryo

Slavic languages, like Russian, are European! Edit: I have seen later comments :)

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain000

UK. Но я живу в Россия.

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

*в России :)

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain000

Да в России. :)

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChicoGenio

Turkey!

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/paradisebritish

Turkey ^_^

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sternenkeks

Germany :)

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/toomath

Portland, OR, USA, one of the most Russian cities in America, though you wouldn't know it. Oregon is the only state in the USA in which Russian is the third most popular language, after English and Spanish.

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RomanRussian

Que interesante!

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dro18

R из Словении ( I am from Slovenia). Here we speak our own language (Slovenian). It is also from slavic language tree like Russian, so I have spotted a lot of similarities. Finally a language that is a little easier to learn :)

November 9, 2015

[deactivated user]

    Upam, da Duolingo bo imel tečaj slovenščine. Hočem učiti se jo!

    (Надеюсь, я написал без ошибок. +_+)

    November 10, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/dro18

    Upam, da bo Duolingo imel tečaj Slovenščine. Hočem se jo učiti! :) word order matters :)

    November 10, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      Hvala! Thank you!

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Parham3679srsr

      I'm from Iran :) . I have many reasons for learning Russian, one of them being our close cultures (I did not think so but after studying about their culture I found out that we live and think very similarly. ) :)

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/nyoraienne

      А я полька. Я изучаю русский язык потому что я хочу читать русские книги в оригинале и смотреть фильмы. Мне очень нравится русское кино. Простите за ошибки :)

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/antpu238

      нет ошибок, насколько я могу судить.

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

      Ну, разве что пропущена запятая перед "потому что" ))

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/IbbitsonMichelle

      Massachusetts, USA - I work in healthcare and have found that most of my residents that have a primary language other than English speak Russian, Romanian, or Greek. Since I mostly work with Alzheimer's I've found even being able to say 'hello' or 'good morning' in someone's native language can drastically turn someone's bad day better.

      December 16, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/ddbeachgirl

      I love your story. You have the best reason in the world for language learning. Wishing you and your patients all the best!

      December 16, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Nosferamen

      Northern Europe checking in!

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Kiryo

      Sverige? Finland? :)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Nosferamen

      Neither, Norge :)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Amazing-Fox

      I'm from Argentina. I can help European people with spanish language. Even if nobody is interested xD

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

      The name of my grandgrandgrandfather was Kirchner :)

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Amazing-Fox

      xD good

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis

      The Netherlands!

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

      Britain :)

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/neenam16

      Из Америки, но учусь в Москве woot woot

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory

      Canada. I've only done the first lesson so far so I don't know any Russian at all right now.

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/alephhaz

      Я живу в Англии, в Йоркшире.

      I live in England, Yorkshire.

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

      Я живу в Шотландии. So I was quite displeased when "football" was not accepted as a legitimate translation because they wanted "soccer" instead :-(

      Edit: well that was timing... no sooner do I post this than I get an email telling me that they've changed the question to accept football. Thanks! :-)

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

      By the way, the word футбол is just a transliteration of an English term

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/AnttiKammonen

      From Finland!

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/sp1jk3z

      I (currently, hopefully not for long!) live in Australia and the reason I'm trying to learn Russian is because I think the Russian National Anthem is amazing.

      I have not heard any better National Anthems (except my country's, Amhrán na bhFiann, but I am biased!). I know there are two versions of the lyrics, but the music is just fascinating and so inspiring.

      Apart from that, quite a few Russians here in Australia!

      Just another pet project to learn more about the world around!

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

      Here is the XIX century Anthem of Russian Empire:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qUFErfzIMc

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/0christ.e

      It’s better than the US anthem. It’s based off a literal drinking song.

      October 16, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Marko195

      Сербия (Serbia) :)

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

      Hi! How difficult is to learn Russian being a native speaker of another Slavic language?

      November 12, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Marko195

      Hi! It's a little difficult because of accents, but they have very similarities, although between Russian and my native there are sufficient differences in the grammar.

      November 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/azarashisan

      I'm from Japan and I started learning Russian since I always wanted to. I don't know but something about the language just fascinates me a lot.

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/slatour

      United States, New Hampshire. My wife and I finished the french tree, and this language was next on her list. How nice that Duo just made it available!

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/EoghanBostock

      Я жить в Канада! Sorry my Russian is probably awful!

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/azzipog

      I don't have a Cyrillic keyboard on me right now but I will offer some advice to help. You need to conjugate "жить" into the I form, which will change it into something like "djivoo" and Canada needs to be put in the prepositional case. This means dropping the -a and replacing it with an -e. Good luck on your Russian studies

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

      It seems weird to me that you use "dj" for transliteration of "ж".

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/EoghanBostock

      Спасибо

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/BilingualBabe_

      Я живу в Канаде

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/EoghanBostock

      Спасибо

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/eccentricvirgo

      United States (New York). :)

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/SquirrelWalsh

      Where in NY? I saw that you were from Upstate.

      November 11, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/eccentricvirgo

      Currently in Glens Falls but I may move closer to Albany soon!

      November 11, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Derbartol

      Poland :)

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/kaphinga

      United States. :)

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/BilingualBabe_

      Я американка

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Tina_in_Bristol

      UK - my username tells you which city.

      November 8, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Julya.Myss

      From Argentina, South America. Honestly, I've never thought I would be learning Russian and here I am. I've got to say: it does not seem easy, but I'll give it a try :D

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/notdeadluna

      Я американка. Я живу в Коннектикуте.

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jack7861

      Not dead is better than undead, Luna! Texas here. Hope this winter isn't too rough out east.

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Leostrange

      NZ for me. I just love how Russian sounds.

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/LapsAroundTheSun

      Я ис венезуела!!

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/kirula
      • из Венесуэлы. :)
      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/kenyaguzman

      Привет леонардоперезс! Я тоже из Венесуэлы :)

      November 19, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr

      I'm from the flat lands of Castile, Spain. I'm enjoying the tree so far, it's fun and challenging :)

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/hmada993

      Египет

      November 9, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/stephapus

      Я - канадка ( живу в Торонто)! )) А вы?

      В Торонтском Унверситете я учусь русский язык. У меня тоже много други в России и хочу говорю по-русски вместе.

      (sorry for my mistakes if I made any; corrections would be greatly appreciated!)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/kirula

      *я учу русский язык. Также у меня много друзей в России и я хочу говорить с ними по-русски.

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/stephapus

      Спасибо большое, kirula! However, I'm not sure about "я учу" -- "I teach." I don't teach Russian; I'm learning it (therefore, I used "я учусь" which is the proper verb "to study/learn" here.) :)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/kirula

      I learn (a subject) = я учу / изучаю (какой-то предмет / науку).
      I learn at school = я учусь в школе.
      I teach children = я учу детей.
      I teach at school = я преподаю в школе.

      I wish you success and good luck! :)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/stephapus

      Thank you for all your help and patience; I really appreciate it ^_^ (it also helps clear up some confusion I had in class the other day about these verbs.)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/antpu238

      "я учу" верно. Можно "я изучаю русский язык". I teach and I learn are the same "я учу". It depends on context. Сил Вам и терпения в изучении! ))

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/stephapus

      Ah, изучаю. That's the one I need. Thank you once again! :)

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/antpu238

      to be completely correct the whole phrase is: I learn russian - я учу русский язык I teach russian - я учу русскому языку

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

      I learn Russian - Я учу русский
      I teach Russian - Я учу русскОМУ

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/russianmoth

      I thought изучать was for when studying a language, whereas учить could be used for all other subjects. (I mean just studying here, not teaching) had quite an extensive class on this but my memory may be letting me down.

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/schizorb

      It is ok to say: Изучать физику, химию или математику. For me it sounds even better than учить физику. In my opinion учить is a little bit colloquial, whereas изучать is associated with a more serious and profound process. But again, it's just my opinion and my sense of language)

      Изучать can also be a synonim of исследовать (to explore, to research).

      Изучать пещеры - to explore the caves.

      Изучать рынок - to investigate the market

      November 11, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/geneven

      I'm from California, USA. I got interested in Russian years ago because I was a chess player and the best chess periodicals are in Russian. Eventually I got a job working at a website associated with world chess champion Garry Kasparov and lived in Moscow for a few years. But I never really learned Russian. So here I am.

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/smkern

      Im from the US my boyfriend was born in russia and lived there until 5 years ago so im trying to learn russian so i can talk to his father (who doesnt speak any english) and so we can teach our kids russian one day

      November 10, 2015

      [deactivated user]

        I am from Poland (Europe, some people say that Poland is in USA). I have very (sadly) long history with Russia (3 occupations and WW2), but we have no problems now in this century.

        November 8, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

        "Europe, some people say that Poland is in USA"

        Some people also think that Georgia is in USA ))

        November 10, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

        Hehe, no problems you say? :)

        November 8, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/osleek
        • 1253

        you mean that plane crash back in 2010?

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Medard
        1. new iskanders aimed at Polish soil
        2. smoleńsk - we still can't get the wrackage, no independent investigation...
        3. polish army is training Ukrainian soldiers... provides supplies and equipment
        4. Polish air force intercepts Russian bombers over NATO air space quite often
        5. sanctions on Polish food (apples mostly )
        6. Russia has a really bad ambassador in Warsaw (on the day that Ribbentrop signed the agreement with Movotov he said that Poland was responsible for WW II... )
        7. North Stream pipeline

        Anyway, I like Russia. Food, art, people, nature... so Slavic...

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Kiryo

        I can't believe there are people who think Poland is in the USA -_-

        November 10, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Sophiesix-

        В Австралия ( австрале??)

        November 8, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/alephhaz

        В Австралии :) I think

        November 8, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/212498873

        " В Австралии " is correct

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/alexm768

        Из Австралии (from Australia).

        "В Австралии" means "in Australia".

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Rekty

        Belgium. :)

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Redelll

        PILIPINAS

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/revstevelondon

        Edmonton, Canada. Complete beginner but really enjoying the course!

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

        Я живу в США.

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80

        You missed the preposition: "в США"

        November 10, 2015

        [deactivated user]

          Lengyel, Magyar két jó barát!

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Apahegy

          Te lengyel? Magyar, Lengyel, két jó barát!

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ashley972433

          Я Американка а я переехала в Россию два года назад. Мне нужна практика!!! )))

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/theearpig

          Ja iz Danii, Severnoj Evrope.

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/RaineKageichi

          Гавайи (США) :)

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Nejihyuda

          Бразилия :)

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Kisvirag

          Hungary, I'm learning because I like Кипелов (russian rock band).

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/alephhaz

          Nice taste! Кипелов and Ария are great!

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Kathnette

          Hmm ... I'm from neither Eastern nor Western Europe .... Central Europe, I would say :)

          November 8, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Russguy04

          США

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/ahgmem

          Tennessee, USA

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kalex814

          USA =)

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Klaudialk

          Англия

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Devokan

          USA.

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren

          Колорадо, в Америке (США).

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Teolan

          Italy

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/StefanoDiR1

          Italy....

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/muzzyvonmaine

          США - в Майне, в маленьком городе на побережье, Белфаст.

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Kiryo

          В Мэйне*

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/muzzyvonmaine

          Thanks!

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/nataein

          I am from Latvia. Do you know this country? :)

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/julimei

          Привет я француженка

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/russianmoth

          (если ошибки сделаю, пожалуйста поправьте меня) я из голландии. всегда трудно объяснять, почему какой-нибудь язык особенно тебе нравится, людям всегда интересно какая-та польза (ну конечно в (на?) Duolingo людям менее интересно). но не могу объяснять почему русский язык меня так интересует, можно сказать я изучаю его просто так, просто, потому что я люблю языки, и считаю русский красивейшим языком. с Duolingo я могу узнать такие вещи, которые не на занятиях услышишь. это действительно хорошее дополнение)))

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/RomanRussian

          Лишь несколько мелких ошибок. Молодец! Успехов в дальнейшем изучении языков!

          • интересна некоторая/какая-нибудь польза
          • на Duolingo
          • не могу объяснить почему
          • на занятиях не услышишь
          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/russianmoth

          спасибо большое))) тебе тоже успехов, с твоими языками!

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/elena-lunochkina

          Зачем вам учить русский? Вы его уже знаете!

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/russianmoth

          :) спасибо, но я думаю иначе, узнать можно всегда больше. у Duolingo совершенно различный образ учения и другие слова считают важны, как в университете. итак всё ещё очень полезно.

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/elena-lunochkina

          Да, пожалуй вы правы. И языку никогда нельзя научиться "до конца".

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Luckwm

          Я из стамбула!

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea.Q89

          Toronto, Canada. Торонто, Канада.

          I've been interested in Russia; the language, culture and everything there is to learn about Russia since I was about 8 and have only just started trying to learn! Duolingo did a brilliant thing by adding the Russian course! I would love to learn it well enough to read and write Russian Braille.

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew.Broz

          I'm an American, and learning Russian is both an interesting hobby and a good way to keep in touch with my wife's family. Plus the translations of the Strugatsky brothers' novels into English I've run into so far haven't been the best, so I get to avoid that.

          I'm mostly here to improve my spelling and speed up my typing, as well as fill in any odd gaps in my vocabulary that might have cropped up. I also contribute by filing error reports.

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/mightypotatoe

          California :D My family is from Russia and I want to improve my fluency in the language

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/NickR613

          Лос Ангелес, Калифорниа! Los Angeles, California! I'm learning Russian because of family heritage and I've always been intrigued by the language.

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kirula

          *Лос-Анджелес :)

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/ymapazagain

          Australia. I first became interested in Russia in 2006 when I was living in Spain and the only book I found in English was The Bronze Horseman. I have learnt Russian on and off since then, and I was even accepted to teach English at a school in Samara, Russia, but unfortunately for personal reasons I had to turn it down. I'm now learning again to one day travel and explore what is a daunting but fascinating country. Reading Russian literature in its original form would be a fantastic feat one day.

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Very_Vanecessary

          North America, I used to practice with an Estonian bf years ago and I miss the language. It's so beautiful.

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/AhPdCd

          The Isle of Man :) Just started trying to learn some Russian because I like it...

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/JoelVaissi

          From Sweden! I've been waiting for this course for so long!!

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/ellaboboshko

          maryland

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/HunterWildVampsm

          Canada

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Erik407534

          Mexico here!

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/gavin.pier

          Здравствуйте! Я Американец. I'm learning Russian because I hope to study abroad there this summer. And also because it's interesting and bada**!

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/bricejohnson2003

          I am from merica)))

          Я из Оклахомы. Над Техас!

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/elena-lunochkina

          Над Техасом :)

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

          That's interesting... Why is it called техас in Russian instead of тексас? I guess it makes it closer to the original Spanish pronunciation than the English?

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/elena-lunochkina

          I do not know :) Anybody first says :"Техас", and everybody start to repeat! Maybe so...

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          I think it happened historically. :)) Non-native geographical names change in any language for many decades and centuries, adapting to the language. This applies not only to "Texas". For example, you say [ˈmɒskəʊ], [ˈrʌʃə]. However, "Moskva", "Rossiya" are correctly. We say "Germaniya" (Германия), you say "Germany", Ukrainians say "Nimetchina" (Німеччина). But the Germans call their country "Deutschland". :))
          (Sorry for possible mistakes in my English:)))

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

          Well - for what it's worth, the name of the state was originally Spanish and actually pronounced like the Russian version (I think it was sometimes spelled Tejas?). In Spanish language placenames in that part of the world, the letters "x" and "j" are both pronounced like Russian "х". So it's the English speakers who changed it away from the original...

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          Clear. Thank you! I get a lot of new knowledge from the users of duolingo. And not only English Grammar. :)) I like it. :))

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kirula

          In Spanish "x" is pronounced like "s" or "ks". Only in the words "Mexico" y "Texas" is like Russian "x". :)

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          @ kirula
          Спасибо, Юлия! (Я правильно озвучила Ваше имя?)

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kirula

          @Rizdvo
          Всегда пожалуйста :)
          Да, правильно.

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

          @kirula that's true for English or Greek loans, but in terms of placenames derived from Nahuatl (not just Texas, México but also Oaxaca etc etc) the X is generally a kh. Then for loans from Catalan or Basque it's usually "sh".

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kirula

          @avrichard
          Pués, no voy a discutir, no soy ninguna linguista. Lo que escribí está en todos los manuales de español para rusos y no solo allí. Estoy de acuerdo que hay más palabras con x=j, no solo esas dos. Pero creo que no son bastante para decir "In Spanish, the letter "x" and "j" are both pronounced like Russian "х".

          "En el castellano antiguo se escribía Don Quixote, Xavier o Ximénez, que pasaron a grafiarse Don Quijote, Javier y Jiménez.
          de wikipedia

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

          @kiruna Sí, tienes razón - the way I wrote it originally was not correct, as you point out... I will edit my original post. I'm not an expert in Spanish historical linguistics either, but the Don Quixote example you gave referring to older Spanish spelling of X/J, it brings to mind the name "Xavier", which usually in modern Spanish is written "Javier" but is from the Basque given name "Xabier", which in Basque is pronounced with a "Sh" at the start. But at that time, Spanish would read the "x" as a "kh", hence the Spanish pronunciation diverging from the Basque one (and now leading to the modern spelling with a J, and writing a V instead of B due to the Spanish B/V merging thing). Although years ago, I had an Ecuadorian girlfriend whose father was named "Xavier" pronounced with a "kh", so some must have kept the X.

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/AntonVonPapen

          Croatia.

          And, to be honest, I find it hard, learning Russian from English here on duolingo ( and here only, because of the concept, as that fellow Russian member wrote, you can say one thing in many different ways in Russian, and that is a problem for duolingo currently ), since I start to think in English to Russian, and I am Croatian native speaker, so I have a really huge collision in my head then, since Croatian is also a Slavic language.

          Until mobile version comes out, I won't go further, because it is such a PITA to work with on screen keyboard, and currently I don't have Russian one.

          I've been learning Russian, intensively for one year, but learned it also couple of years ago, came to A2 degree.

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          Ваше желание выучить русский язык, даже таким сложным путем, заслуживает уважения.
          Your desire to learn Russian language, even in such a complex way, deserves respect.
          (I hope that I wrote correctly in English?) :))

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/-HystErica-

          United States -Buffalo, NY I'm learning Russian because it's there to be learned =)

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Eng2RusLearner

          Чикаго! (Chicago!)

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/ACBEARDC

          North America,The state of alabama

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/sladuran4eto

          Я из Болгарии. Я изучаю русский язык, потому что интерес является языком

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/antpu238

          хм, а я слышал, что у нас нет языкового порога. Это не так?

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/rouslan.abitov

          Откройте болгарскую википедию, и поймете, что это явление работает только в одну строну. Почти так же как в паре португальский/испанский. Церковнославянский помогает нам понимать болгарский, наш язык им совсем не понятен.

          November 18, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Vasiliki95

          Greece

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/swilson429

          Chicago, USA

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/SquirrelWalsh

          I'm in Newark, NJ but I'm from the Albany, NY area. I took Russian in high school/college and loved it, so I'm glad to have a refresher course. It was only when I was an adult that I realized that having churches with onion domes was unusual.

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Quieh

          здравствуйте всех! я живу в Бразилии! я изучаю по-русски потому что русский язык мне нравится! я думаю что это очень красивый язык!

          Hello everyone! I live in Brazil. I study russian because this language pleases me. I think that it is a very beautiful language!

          I'm having a hard time typing this... it takes a long time to get acquainted with guessing new letter positions. So hard...

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          "Здравствуйте, все! " Or "Приветствую всех!"
          "Я изучаю русский, потому что..." :)))

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/pelayovial

          Chile, South America

          November 13, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/RogerZeitgeist

          I'm an Australian musician living in Taiwan. I'm learning Russian because one of my band members is Russian, and I want to know if his jokes are just as bad in Russian as they are in English!

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

          Best reason ever.

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/PinefrostLTU

          Lithuania

          November 9, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/raissapc

          I'm from Sao Paulo, Brazil. A part of my family is from Russia, but now only my grandmother is alive and she doesn't have anybody to talk to her in russian and she doesn't want to forget the language. So I'm trying to learn! :D

          November 10, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          I am very touched by your words! It is so nobly! You are very caring. Thank you :))

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/jules.francoise

          я француз, но я живу в канаде!

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ana.salimi

          hi. i have a problem.i don't know russian alphabets:-( could you help me??

          November 11, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Quieh

          Ana, you will have to study them by writing words in a paper. I suggest you learn the cursive letter as well, because it helps you fix words more quickly (don't ask me why, it just does)

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ana.salimi

          thanks. but they seem confusing!!

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/HannahFarr19

          Австралия!! Currently living in Sydney, studying international politics and learning languages because it is so much fun and could lead to more work opportunities one day :)

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/devinman23

          I'm from Eastern US, although I have a bunch of Slavic relatives, mainly Ukrainian, but a few Russian, so I'm learning both languages.

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/GabiCejas

          ARGENTINA!

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/LFCmisha

          I'm from Ireland which makes Duolingo a pain in the hole because they expect you to use American English every time.

          November 12, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/btroje

          then you are learning two languages at once!

          March 30, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/LFCmisha

          Oh of course!

          March 31, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Alistare

          Привет ! Живу в Франции :) I've always been fascinated by Russia (the language, the history, the culture). I would love to go there and travel in Siberia ! I'm also learning because I made a bet with a friend that in three years from now I will be able to read The Master and Margarita in the original text ^^.

          November 13, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/ddbeachgirl

          NorCal - Northern California. Because of the trans-Siberian railroad that I will take one of these days! I am finding the course a lot of fun, learning a new alphabet amuses my brain :)

          November 13, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

          Я в Австралл. Я учил русский язык в университете (2000-2002) но я забыл всо... Trying to refresh my memory.

          November 14, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/elena-lunochkina

          Я из Австралии.... но я забыл всё You forgot nothing. Good luck:)

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

          спасибо! whoops... Typo on Aвстралии and всё... It's coming back, so it's mostly still in my brain somewhere, but I'm very rusty.

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/elena-lunochkina

          :))

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/HollyShade

          I'm from Michigan, the gigantic mitten in the United States. I've been wanting to learn Russian because one of my favorite cartoons when I was a child was "Ну, погоди!" and it always bothered me that I didn't know what they were saying.

          November 14, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          Oh, don't worry! Tell You a little secret: the Wolf and the Hare almost nothing they say in the cartoon. :)) I hope You will not refuse to study the Russian language after that. :))
          But the cartoon is really great! I also love it for many years. :))

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          Please, correct my mistakes in English. Thanks. :))

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/HollyShade

          I know, but on the rare chances that they did say something I wanted to know what they were saying. :) Don't worry, I'm going to study Russian, the cartoon only sparked my interest in it. ;) Also, your English looks fine to me, but I am not the best at grammar/tenses.

          November 15, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/dadu75

          Я из Германии. Сейчас я живу в Швейцарии. I was in Russia last month and I didn't understand a lot. Now I try to improve my russian. Thanks for the course.

          November 16, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kenyaguzman

          Привет! I'm from Venezuela :D я хочу говорить по русски потому что я буду изучать в Росии :) don't know if a wrote it right jeje

          November 19, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rizdvo

          "я хочу говорить по-русски, потому что буду учиться в России".
          Удачи Вам! Good luck! :)

          November 19, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/kenyaguzman

          Thank you Rizdvo for the corrections :D

          November 21, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Raizindabern

          Здравствуйте, я из Мексики))

          November 8, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/alanford97

          Serbia :)

          November 8, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Cline656998

          I'm from Germany. I'm learning Russian because I adore Russia. Its history is so interesting to me. I also want to be able to read "Anna Karenina" in its original language.

          July 23, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

          Tolstoy's language is quite difficult even for natives. Good luck with your Russian studies!

          July 24, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/JhonEdisonOrtiz

          Привет всем! Я очень знаю что это может быть поздно, но мне тоже хочется сказать откуда я...
          Я из Колумбии, я родился и я живу вот здесь!

          January 17, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

          Hi! Be the first from Colombia here.

          January 17, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Darkrai007

          Hello. I am from India.

          I have always been in love with Russian culture, their rich literature, the scenic beauty of the vast country. I love travelling & Russia is one of the top destination spots in my list. I cannot wait to go on the famous Trans-Siberian train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok. I want to read the works of Dostoevsky in original. I think these are motivations enough.

          December 27, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/Dimidov

          Fashionably late to the party, as always. Я из Нидерланды.

          September 8, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ultima770

          я из США and I really don't have much of an answer. I like to learn languages and a few years ago I had to make a decision. At Barnes and Noble I looked at the language section and I just decided that Russian would be the best place to start. So I got a couple books and then Duolingo opened up the Russian lessons and I came here.

          If I could I would learn the language of where my grandparents came from Finland and a little Swedish as our last name derives from there.

          November 13, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/SeragHasouna

          I'm Egyptian. Most of people from my country learn languages for close practical reasons. If you roll over their interests (other than English of course) you'll find German and French at the top of the list, and it's mostly because in Egypt there're the so called "language schools" (mostly French or English) or for continual abroad studies (mostly to Germany).

          For me, I currently have no close practical reasons, it's a challenge for me.

          I learnt that according to FSI (Foreign Service Institute of the US department of state) Russian is considered a category 4 language (there're 5 categories to denote the hardship of learning a language for a native English speaker), not to mention that German is a category 2 language and French is a category 1 language, and of course, Arabic is at category 5. So, I asked myself, why not to take Russian, I didn't took it before in school like English, it has fairly different alphabet (I soon found it quite easy to learn, but reading words needs more and more practice), and it's also a well-known and respected language.

          January 12, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

          Interesting, you're the second (at least) Egyptian here. Good luck with your Russian!

          January 12, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/SeragHasouna

          спасибо большое

          January 12, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/LookAtDisDood

          Im from Serbia and also u spelled serbia wrong in serbian. thats russian

          January 25, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Nick_KZ

          Hey, I'm Russian, kinda fluent in English/ Currently started learn Spanish. Looking for somebody who can help me with Spanish, and i in turn I can help with Russian. Feel free contact me: nick.sem1ko@gmail.com

          April 2, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/SniperNeo

          I am from New Hampshire, USA.

          August 11, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ali959744

          IRAN, my original language is Persian and i want to speak with my wife in her mother's language, Russian ;)

          August 30, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

          Now Iran is in the top-6!
          Don't you call your language Farsi?

          August 30, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ali959744

          Yes, usually when we are talking face to face with an Iranian in "Farsi" or using "Persian Alphabetic" to writing about this, we say Parsi or Farsi and they are same as we know, in fact we can follow this to find out root: Perse (The Greek called these people who called themselves Aryan, "Perse"; as we see in this old word: Persepolis) => Persian => Parsi (After the Arabian Alphabet became to ...) =>Farsi because the Arabian Alphabet doesn't have any "P" or "G" or "CH" or "ZH" pronunciation and they changed pronunciation of any of above letters to: P => F G => J or K CH => J ZH => Z and this is optional to called this language any of above names. in formal speech especially between that part of Iranian who like to use Persian origin words we say: Parsi as Ferdowsi (Great poet of Iranian) says in Shahnameh. and in many social networks when we talk about this language, we called it "Persian Language" as we can see in many Programs like Windows and other softwares.

          August 31, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ali959744

          I saw your articles about Russian language right now, and they are very helpful, thank you. and please don't laugh at me, because i find out right now that this article "Hey Russian learners! Where are you from?" has been written by you! sorry for my distraction. and I will be glad to hear any advise about learning Russian from you.

          August 31, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

          Being a native speaker I can hardly give you recommendations. As you know, natives don't learn the language, they get used to using it. Speak with your wife ;)

          September 1, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ali959744

          Спасибо, Good advise, I can't do that right now, but few months later I will do :)

          September 1, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/exY2xJ

          France

          September 19, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/PANZER1016879

          Australia!!

          October 15, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/minne666

          Brazil!!! :3 make it 4 in this list hahahue

          April 27, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

          Done :)

          April 29, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/AndroidKanada

          Canada. I have loved the sound of Russian for a long while. I'd like to be able to talk to Russian friends in their own language, read the poetry and literature, understand songs and movies, and visit there (the weather and geography are similar, so those are no obstacle).

          June 23, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/mcg0929

          I'm from Romania

          October 15, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/0christ.e

          USA, Midwest. I run an ask blog for a Russian character, and I wish to be able to know the language better. I also want to work for the government some day, and I think it would help to learn Russian. I already know quite a bit of Spanish (not using Duolingo lol). I’m sure most Russians on this website though are all ordinary people who just want to learn a language, like me.

          October 16, 2018
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