https://www.duolingo.com/OwenSenger

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.

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EmmaLouG
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I have Russian heritage and an Orthodox church right by my house. I want to be able to read my ancestor's headstones around the church.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OwenSenger

Wow, that's really awesome.

7 months ago

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

Because of the Russian literature,especially Dostoevsky, that's all.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carpe.Diem.Learn
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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!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PycLearner

Looks and sounds good to me

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azraelfiernen

Don't laugh. I want to learn Russian because I want to be an astronaut. It's not technically required to apply to NASA, but it certainly can't hurt on the application.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark_Dunan
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I once read that real astronauts who go up to the space stations actually have to learn basic Russian (and the Russians have to do the same with English).

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/betarage
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I think Russia is interesting

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Dolovic

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.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark_Dunan
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I wish Interslavic were more famous. We have an Esperanto course; we should have Interlingua and Interslavic courses. I especially like how Interslavic uses a lot of old-fashioned letters so that it can indicate lal the different sounds in the Slavic languages.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anita778122

Wow, thanks. I didn't know about Interslavic, but have looked it up. Fascinating, good to know.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

I chose to learn the Russian language because my mother learned to speak it fluently and I would like to be more like her.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seizetheday92

Aww. Nice idea!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaredJT
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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.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abiezerlima
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My motivation to learn this language thats because I think it is the most beautiful language for to speak

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OwenSenger

You don't seem to be learning it here on duolingo. Maybe I just can't see it because of a glitch, but if not, where are you learning it, and do you prefer it to duolingo?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seizetheday92

;)

7 months ago

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

I love Russian literature. And my heritage is Russian.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKayKay

Because of girls :D :D Just kidding, I'm Czech so Russian was always interesting language and I think that it's hella underrated. I like their culture, there is now way that I wouldn't like Slav country)) Also can be good for future business possibilities.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa819972
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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.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akis969375

We are neighboring countries. Russian is one of the most common languages, also I like its phonetics and writing in Cyrillic alphabet.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carpe.Diem.Learn
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I'm just curious, and you don't have to say. But what country do you live in?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akis969375

Turkey.

7 months ago

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I am super interested in the space program. Russian is very necessary in that field.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Delwyn6
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I would like to learn it because my stepfather is Russian, it would be nice if we could speak the language together as his English is limited.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susan681595

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....

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zF7X1
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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

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leCommune

I want to learn Russian because I always had interest in Russia and a couple people at my school know it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexia597241

I live in cyprus. Being fluent in Russian in this country is a very strong asset.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OwenSenger

Always good to learn things that will help you move up in the world.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Japaneseflower13

I want to learn Russian because to me, it sounds like an interesting language.

I'm also inspired by some people who is learning the language and some people in the Internet speaks this language.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mazsoIa
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I absolutely adore Russian history and literature, and it would be wonderful to read primary resources and other orignial texts like so in the actual language.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vascotuga251

I know people who speak Russian and whenever I'm with them they speak Russian with each other and I really want to know what they're talking about :D And also because Russian blends beautifully in my ears (because of its close phonology with European Portuguese - I know they aren't related, but they sound the same just like Spanish and Greek does) and also because for some reason I fell in love with the Russian culture...

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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I met a Russian and became inspired to learn his language. Now, I keep learning it because I've made connections with other Russian speakers/learners and I love MOZGI Entertainment artists :)

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It's my children's native language, because it's their mother's native language. I also live in a community with a large Russian-speaking immigrant population. Finally, some of my ancestors came from Russia.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cris30395

My motivation to learn Russian is mostly because the Russian culture is very interesting. The literature, history and overall traditions are a wonderful thing to know about. Having Russian and Slavic ancestors also motivated me to learn such a beautiful language.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marley450934

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.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sar50

My family, on my father's side, comes from Belarus. I am 2nd generation American. I have a cousin who contacted family in Belarus and went to visit. The communicate with us in Russian. I want to learn some Russian so I can communicate back with them in Russian.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CONSPIX_YT

I do it because when I grow up, I wanna be a translator for novels, video games, movies, etc. So I need to learn as many languages as I can :D

7 months ago

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I have Russian heritage.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Arrhythmia
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I just love learning languages.

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https://www.duolingo.com/BreeKD6_37
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I am not sure, I wanted to learn French, but I follow many Russians on my social media (most of them are ballet dancers) and slowly I started to feel attracted to the language, now I am learning Russian!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anita778122

If you can look into the history of Russia and the Russian language especially when words entered the language, you'll discover that French had quite an influence on Russian.

4 months ago

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I'm Russian, and I have finished Duolingo's English course. I added course Eng - Ru to check myself =) If someone want to practice with Russian native speaker I will be happy to help!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephWhitten1

My husband is Russian and our 2 young children are learning to speak it, its fun watching Russian children's shows on youtube and learning with them.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Evelyn468953

Many of my neighbors are Ukrainian immigrants to the US who do not speak English well, but do speak Russian fluently. I studied Russian years ago when I was in college, but it had gotten so "rusty" that I essentially needed to start over wit my "АБВ's".

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So I can live in Russia with the girl I love

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I enjoy how Russian sounds and looks like and wanted to be able to understand it. It's also the first Slavic language I ever attempted to tackle, so it opens up more exploration, too. :)

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it's really interesting to learn the language/ cultures of different places...

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https://www.duolingo.com/Vincent_Oklahoma

So I can welcome Russian soldiers when they invade America.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jasonsudana
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You can probably use this: "Здравствуйте, товарищ Иван. Вот стакан водки, а вот миска борща."

Remember not to use "сука блять". Хахахаха....

Oh, and give him more 5.45 x 39 mm....

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewIzatu

Well, my mom is Russian, and I just want to learn the languages of my roots (Basically Russian, Ukrainian and maybe Czech in the future). I'm natively Polish so it makes Russian a little easier for me.

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Why did your mom not teach you Russian? As a child you would pick it up easily.

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I hoped I could learn it quickly as a Pole. Learning Czech was nice, so I decided to learn another Slavic language, and Russian is naturally the biggest one.

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I thought the different alphabet would be a fun challenge.

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Plus, it opens up Greek for you (their alphabets aren't identical, but are close enough).

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I like Putin.

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Putin is ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤.

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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.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ValerieGMM

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.

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i want to ask for vodka

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