Why do you want to learn Russian?
I wanted to learn Russian because the Slavic languages have always interested me, and also because I come from a family of Germans from Russia, so I'd love to hear your motivation to learn Russian.
I love Russian culture, architecture, and all there is to do in the country and the surrounding countries. I love the sound of the language and have fallen in love with the country and culture and hope that one day I can travel there. My family, while many generations ago, lived in Russia. Furthermore (I swear, not politically motivated) I want to go into the international relations field and knowing Russian is very useful. Such an amazing question OwenSenger!
I am learning Slavic languages in Duolingo because I want to understand better Interslavic language (Medžuslovjansky jezyk). My main goal is to learn this language, and I am using Duolingo courses about Slavic languages because Duolingo does not have a course about Interslavic.
It's always fascinated me and very pleasing to my ears. Even without understanding very much, I love just listening to people talk in Russian. I've never been outside the U.S., but this is one country I would love to travel to. Also so I can tell off my boss without them knowing what I'm saying! Just kidding...but seriously.
About a year ago I wrote a book about a spy. On a whim I set it in Russia, with the plan to pick a different location later because that seemed too on the nose. I ended up becoming fascinated with everything Russian. I am interested in the language, the books, the architecture, the culture, the geography....
I've learned a little in the past, so this is a refresher course right now. I learn languages mostly to be able to read & watch films from different countries.
I live and work in Russia! I came here partly because I have always been interested in the language and culture. Because I had studied a bit of Russian some ago, I thought that I'd reach a good level within a year or so. Haha, that was wishful thinking! It's super hard, plus there have been other obstacles - work schedule, finding good teachers, etc. But I'm determined, and I won't leave until I've mastered it. :-D
I have two very good friends from Russia (и, к сожалению, большая часть моей семьи не любит их из-за этого). I wouldn't let that stop me from being friends with them though. Every time I would go over to their houses their parents would talk to them solely in Russian, and I wanted to learn a few words so that I wouldn't be isolated, and once I started it was like a match was set to a fire I didn't know I had inside of me. I loved the way it sounded, I love learning about the culture and the history, and I would love to go on exchange there someday (если я могу как-то убедить мою семью).
I grew up in a family that only spoke English. When I realised that all of my friends spoke a different language at home (Russian, Hindi, Farsi, Mandarin) I knew there was something missing from my life. I had opted to take Latin at school, but a conversational language is something else entirely.
I would love to be able to understand and connect to many different types of people (как никогда не делала моя семья). After all when it comes down to it we are all just human.
My family, on my dad's side, is Russian. They immigrated pretty recently (i'm the third generation) and i grew up around their food and culture. Since he was born in America, my dad didn't learn much of the language and therefore didn't teach me. I would really like to be able to become fluent in Russian and actually travel back to the cities my family came from.
I've studied Russian before, but it was pre-computers. Now the world is so wide open! I want to be able to watch Russian movies without the English subtitles and read classic Russian literature, plus lots more. Right now, my Russian is rusty enough that Church Slavonic sounds like regular Russian to me, so I have a way to go.
Literature, art, music to name a few. I like the challenge and the sound of the language. I also think/ hope that when we learn another language, especially given the political climate now, we can make the world a bit smaller by being more open. I don't care if this sounds like I'm an old hippie!
My grandmother is Polish, and when I went to college, I wanted to learn more about the history, language, and culture of my ancestors. But my university didn't offer any courses on Polish language, so I started studying the only Slavic language they did offer - Russian. I completed my degree (in psychology) some years ago and recently decided to refresh my Russian language skills. I've also started the duolingo Polish course, but its more challenging than I expected! They have some really unusual letter-sound combinations.
I have always loved everything about Russia.. The women, the culture, Vodka, Tanks etc. After having many interactions with Russian People, and one Girlfriend, I have decided to finally learn the language so I can (hopefully in the very near future) visit Russia and maybe buy a cottage in the woods to use for half of the year.
Lots of reasons. It's hard, and I like learning; it's the second most popular language on the internet (there are a lot of games, videos, and mods in Russian, and there are lots of Russians in online games); it just sounds cool; it has a certain novelty value in my culture.
Being that it's very popular online, it's also the most practical language for me to learn and likely the one I'd use the most.
I want to learn Russian because I am training to become an analyst for the FBI. Knowing this language in particular, I think, would really help me while dealing with international missions. And since Russia is one of the biggest places out there, I think it would be pretty logical to learn the language. I’m also learning German :)