What are your reasons for learning Russian? Is it the political things between Russia and The United States? Is it the interest in Russian culture? Or is it something else like love, history, influence, business, family, sudden interest etc.?
I want to learn more about the lesser known things about russia and central asia and i want be prepared if i need to communicate with russians at some point you never know when it can be useful
I had a lot of surgeries last year, and I felt that between too much anesthesia and too much sitting on my butt, my brain was not getting the exercise it needs. Number games weren't doing anything for me, but I could actually feel my head heat up when studying Russian. I have a couple of friends who speak Russian so it made sense as a language choice.
I used to learn Russian and used to speak it to a very good standard. After all them years I noticed that I still can remember much, so I decided for a kind of "brush up". Besides, Russia is a massive and beautiful country, which I am going to explore more once, and has beautiful women. Also the language itself is cute. Russian's "Pravda" seems to be one of the very few reliable sources of current affairs remaining too. So to summarise: both personal and practical reasons support my wish to have an affair with the Russian course again.
I have always been drawn to Eastern European cultures. They bear a great sense of social responsibility and duty which is often missing from the more selfish Western cultures, where people are usually only interested in serving themselves. Of course there are many selfish people in the East as well, but the culture is still a bit more "communal" overall, even now, more than 25 years after the official end of "Communism". I like that and enjoy spending time among such cultures, and Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus are certainly the most "Eastern" of all Eastern European cultures.
I was actually born in Belarus where they speak mostly Russian, my family moved to America when I was 5 and I mostly spoke English everywhere except home. I still know the language mostly fluently (I have read Jane Eyre and Gone with the Wind in Russian in the last few years and I can write pretty well in it, cursive and print) I also still speak Russian with my parents every day but I have noticed that I am beginning to forget certain words or what words mean, so I decided to brush up on it.
(Plus I like taking notes in Russian cursive at school cause it's hilarious when people try to read them and think they are doodles or just scribbles. But it's hard to take notes on history when you don't know how to translate or write, trireme, indentured servant, writ or mercantilism in Russian, lol)!
I became a fan of a russian singer I saw on Eurovision. I need to know the lyrics of his songs and what he says in interviews. I'm native Greek.
i was born in america to russian and belarussian immigrants. russian was actually my first language, but as i started to get older and became more engulfed in american life, my russian slowly started getting worse and worse. it reached a point where i could barely communicate with my бабушка and дедушка, and my parents were visibly heartbroken by my loss of their native tongue. i started brushing up on my russian about three years ago, and i would definitely call myself fluent. of course, i only started using duolingo now that i live away from my parents and dont have every day practice, but this amazing website still helps me better understand russian grammatical rules and deepen my vocabulary in areas i wouldn't have been able to just by talking to my mama.