https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obscure-memes

Why Russian?

Just wondering why everyone here has decided to learn Russian. I love hearing people’s stories!

September 18, 2018

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hubinou

This story takes place in Europe, in the 1980's, in the middle of the cold war, long before the fall of the Berlin wall. (And yes, I am that kind of dinosaurus)

At that time, I was a young research engineer at the university. The subject I was working on was dominated by the Russians (by far). They published a lot of scientific papers, but only in Russian. The papers were translated in English by the americans, but it took one year to have the translation published. I couldn't wait so long, so I decided to learn Russian.

In those years, wanting to learn Russian often raised suspicion and there were not many candidates and no many teachers (and absolutely no Internet). Anyway, I found one. We were 20 students at the beginning of the first year, 6 at the beginning of the second, and, for the third year, I was the only student !

The teacher made such a wonderful "à la carte" job, that I became able to read the patents and scientific papers which was my goal (and to speak fluently wasn't)

Unfortunately, I almost never used Russian again later and when I went to St Petersburg a few years ago, I realized that I could barely read, speak and understand people.

I found that so sad that I decided to start Russian again.

The lesson I draw is : if you take the pain to learn a language, never let it fade away and practice as often as possible.

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andresb_UY

Great story! I remember those years, even so, I know I can't imagine what you felt.

For good, it is history now.

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obscure-memes

Yeah, that is an amazing story! I've always been interested in the Cold War; it's a pretty interesting time in both American and Russian history. I can't imagine what it was like to be learning the language during that time.

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MemeMcQueen116

I know I'm a bit late, but were you able to relearn fairly quickly? From what I hear a language can be dormant for ages and if you're fluent enough you can pick it up and get used to it again in a short period of time.

December 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HirundoPrima

Just for fun.

As a Hungarian, surrounded by Slavic languages, I wanted to learn one. For long I could not decide whether it should be Polish or Russian, but at the end of the day I went for the more useful one.

And man, I really have a lot of fun!

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirokha

Az egen! As a Russian, I was fascinated how such unique language as Magyarnyelv developed itself through the ages in the Slavic surrounding, exchanging with them. Hungarian is my next goal.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diecidieci

I interned in Russia for a couple of months last year and became fascinated by the country.

I was surprised (and sometimes very frustrated) by how so many of the Russians I met didn't know even the most basic English words. But I also realized that most people in my country don't know even the most basic Russian words --- despite our countries sharing a border. It's kind of insane.

I met someone in Russia who was learning my native language while also having a very exhausting job and he talked about learning my language out of respect for my country so passionately that I got all enthusiastic about learning foreign languages too. I was already learning Italian back then but I had been in a slump for a while. When I came back from Russia I completed my Italian Duolingo course, took an online Italian class and also completed the Duolingo "English for Italian speakers" -course. I'm finally confident enough with my Italian that I want to begin to learn another language, something that I might find useful inside my country; Russian.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obscure-memes

What were you interning for? Just curious

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diecidieci

Sales & marketing departments of a company from my country that also does business in Russia.

I also met other foreigners who were interning in the same city with me and none of them spoke Russian on a very advanced level. (And my own Russian was, and still is, complete garbage.) I recommend looking into it if you ever need to intern somewhere :)

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dancepointe

A few years ago I was sick with a cold and decided to watch The Hunt for Red October for the very first time (a Tom Clancy film about the Cold War - a very appropriate subject for that day). Then I wanted to know if the actors were speaking 'real Russian', and then I wanted to be that cool person who spoke three languages. If it hadn't been for that movie, I probably wouldn't be multilingual now. It sounds funny to say, but that's what got me started.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hubinou

Oh, that's an interesting motivation !

Tom Clancy's books are always very well documented. I like them and always learn something from reading them.

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pye20

I traveled to Russia one summer in High School. Learning the language begins to open up a world to appreciate and engage.
Стравинский - Петрушка https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uIzdW9k-58

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minicooper42

Honestly? Memes got me into socialism and communism, then the Soviet military marches, then Russian as a language itself. I've always sort of had a fascination with Russia though, since I've wanted to be an astronaut since I was young and now I want to be a physicist. In my opinion it's pretty amazing how they went from Middle Age style of living to being the first in space, a major global superpower, and perhaps one of the most scientifically advanced nations in the world. That, and I like cold places and foreign languages in general.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obscure-memes

Finally, someone who's here because of memes! If I'm being completely honest, my fascination with the country, language, and culture began with Life of Boris...

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WinterSoldier.

A former Russian citizen, I don't speak the language so I decided to change that

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PycLearner

For me it's Culture, History and being able to read cyrillic - it's pretty handy

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

My mother's parents spoke it, and I decided when I was a kid that I should learn it. We lived several states apart, so there was no chance for them to teach me.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis6_Costa_Rica

I started out of the mere curiosity from listening a Russian coworker speaking with customers, than I started little by little asking him words and phrases here and here .... and well here I am in love with the complexity and the phonetics of this language, although I don't think I will ever speak it fluently I will still continue to learn it...Challenge Accepted!!! xD

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lewis_G.

Simply because it is a wonderful and fascinating language! With the hope to be able to read one day its magnificient literature in original language :)

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyCin4

A friend of mine showed me Duolingo since I was wanting to improve my Spanish for a missions trip. I wanted to see what the learning platform was like regarding a language that I have no experience with. I thought Cyrillic was a cool script and Duolingo made it fun to learn. It's both a very challenging and easy language at the same time since a lot of words that are post WWI or WWII can be almost directly transcribed with English if you know Cyrillic. I can't claim to have a very strong fluency or grasp of the language structure at the moment, but I've liked learning it so far and it definitely keeps my mind active. Plus Russia has been around a lot longer than the United States and I don't see them disappearing from history anytime soon. Someday I'd love to be able to read or listen to Russian news at least as well as I can usually do with Spanish.

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stryder744028

я изучаю русский язик потому что у меня есть украинские други прости if I spelled anything wrong пожалйуста correct me спасибо

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirokha

Pretty clear and close to "я изучаю русский язык, потому что у меня есть украинские друзья"

September 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andresb_UY

I started for different reasons but now, i just love it and i can´t stop doing it.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kayley723402

I was born there, and I would like to study abroad and/or visit

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

I saw a russian pop singer in Eurovision and became a devoted fan. Although half his songs are in English, I also needed to know the lyrics of his russian songs and understand what he says in interviews, during concerts, etc. I haven't been able to go see him in Russia yet unfortunately, but I made it to a concert in Germany :-)))

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirokha

Билан?

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

Сергей Лазарев :-)

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guaybana_elBravo

I think it is challenging. I had no prior experience withe the language before Duo, except that I liked to try and decipher what the cyrilic characters stood for through Russian names and places.

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlueSky394307

I am learning it as a subject in school and try to do Duolingo at home to practice and revise what we have done in the school lesson.

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KanjiSenpai

OMG Life Of Boris! Who else is a fellow gopnik?

September 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obscure-memes

I knew that someone here watched Boris! Stay cheeki breeki my dude

September 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Terrible_Cat

I didn't have a choice )))

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yuriy935422

Russian is my native language, i chosed it on Duolingo just for fun and lingots :)

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirokha

"Chose". Как насчет английского, земеля? :)

September 21, 2018
Learn Russian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.