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What is your motive behind learning Russian?

Hello everybody!

I am truly sorry if this is a repetitive post, but I just wanted to know some thoughts behind why you think that learning Russian would be worth it for you? What is your purpose behind it?

P.S I am going to start learning Russian mainly because of my interest in Russian culture and language, and maybe partially because of how I want to be able to talk to my friends in Russian.

Share your stories below if you feel comfortable:)

April 29, 2019



I am learning Russian primarily because the generations above me in my family (i.e parents, grandparents) speak it. Even though my family is pretty much 100% German ethnically, my family's stay in Russia over generations, still has changed how we interact with each other, what food we eat, and so on if you compare us to "native" germans.

With time another reason was added. I want to form my own opinion of the Russian people. This is also one reason why I want to learn Mandarin Chinese (and maybe later dabble in some other dialects). With the political climate as it is right now, you can find a lot of demonization and dehumanization towards the Russian people, especially online (some due to trolling sure, but I can't shake the feeling off that some of it is genuine). The disagreement (and sometimes outright hate) towards the Russian government now often extends towards the people. I don't need people to tell me, how Russians are. I want to meet them myself and maybe learn to see things from their perspective.


I like your motive so much and wish you good luck. Thank you for this opinion about Russia and russians.

Мне очень нравится ваш мотив и я желаю вам удачи. Спасибо за это мнение о России и русских.


Спасибо :) (I haven't quite started learning the letters yet since I do not have enough time, but I'm very excited to start learning!


Danke schön! I believe that the propaganda can't separate our people.


I started learning Russian because, as my profile picture suggests, I am a passionate lover of Russian music. I really wanted to read the words of my favorite composers in the original language and to develop a deeper understanding of the culture that gave and gives rise to the music I love and perform.


Hello! What kind of music do you prefer? If you like classical music, I'd recommend you to listen to Sergey Rachmaninoff (If you haven't listened to it yet) , he's my favourite classical composer!


Hi! I love classical music. Rachmaninoff is amazing! As my profile picture might suggest, Shostakovich is my favorite composer.


I'm Russian native speaker but I've never heard about Dmitri Shostakovich. Thank you for sharing, I hope his opuses sound amazing as well!

What is your favourite opus of the composer?


BenCostell3, watch "top 30 Russian composers" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSF_9LEt1uQ


Hi Chander, I've lived and worked in Russia much of the last 10 years. My work is entirely in English but despite doing an intensive Russian course at a school in the evenings, and, in the past, having a Russian teacher coming into the office (I was keen but my 3 other colleagues less so), my Russian language skills are still fairly basic: I can understand written and spoken Russian quite well, but my own conversational abillities are quite limited. My purpose for trying Duolingo is firstly to improve my Russian skills (and to combat my laziness in that regard) but also to give me more opportunties socially and work-wise in the country.


I am learning Russian because I love classical ballet. I live in Paris, France, where classical ballet is dying, so my dream is to go to St Petersbourg and to attend performances at the Mariinski Theater.


Well, I recently started learning Russian because I wanted to communicate with my boyfriend in his mother tongue. In fact, Mandela said "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."


Well, good luck on your journey!


school, family, friends, tons of people speak it here, at least where I live (living in Germany, not Russia) Желаю тебе успеха)


I started learning it at school as a second language beside English.after that i changed my school but still interested in learning Russian


So I can play CS:GO


Because of hardbass


Let's stay cheeki breeki :D


Would like to travel to russia, and thought it is a good idea to be able to at least read road signs and know a few basic things. But while I am at it I might as well just learn to conversate a little bit too.


Because my name is Youri and I think with this name I should be able to speak Russian ))


Well,I have greek origins and the alphabet of russian and greek is kinda same,so I was curious to learn it . After, I have some family and friends in Russia ,and I really like the culture of the country ^^


I found a Russian YouTuber, who also makes music. I find languages and cultures fascinating in general. He uses Russian lyrics and I wanted to learn what he is saying by myself. Having a conversation with him someday would be nice as well :) some day I hope to travel to Russia now


A few reasons really. I'm a major history buff and Russian history in particular has always interested me. I would like to go Russia one day and I think it's important to at least attempt to learn the language.

It was a throwaway comment by a friend of mine in jest that set me on the path to learning. She said "I can't believe you're so obsessed with Russia and you can't even speak Russian"

The last reason may not be to everyone's taste, but I want to be able to listen to President Putin in his own words, rather than in someone else's with their own opinions and/or agenda


Very interesting remark about being able to understand President Putin in his own words, that's an intelligent and honorable thing to do (and I also share that reason with you :)


Soviet Union yee yee


I was really curious about the different letters the language uses. I am not sure if I will actually try to learn the language, but it is always good to learn a bit about a language that is spoken by some people around at least.


Nice stories :) It's the very interesting issue. I'd like to know more about peaple learned russian.


Do you mean what was done to learn it?


I'm not sure that I'm understand You. But I know why I learn English. De facto it is the international language for science, technology, business, etc. I need it for my job. I'm so sorry, but I'll not study English for my pleasure only. For that i would prefer italian or may be spanish, because i like the sounds (franchesca tra-lalalalala :)) Nevertheless we have that we have - English is international language (thank you for it isn't french or chinese). So, I'm very interest motives of people learned russian. It is not wide spreaded language as spanish. It isn't international language as english. It isn't perspective as chinese :).


I'm Russian native speaker but I'm here because I reckon I can help somebody out with Russian rules or other problems.


One possible reason could be to read books, watch videos, and listen to songs in Russian that are not translated to other languages.
I think most cultures have some masterpieces, that aren't known outside (usually because they're hard to translate).

Another possible reason could be to learn about USSR.
It failed in the end.
But while it lasted it was really different from modern states and societies.
So it was like a parallel universe.


Even the masterpieces which are known (Евгений Онегин, Война и мир, Мастер и Маргарита, Братья Карамазовы, etc.), at least in my opinion, elude capture in translation and are so much better, richer, and deeper in Russian.


I don't have the knowledge, and understanding, of the great Russian composers and writers that you do Ben. But there are certainly some amazing cultural experiences to be had here - many of which you'd be hard-pushed to find in "the west." Many surprises too, you seem to see so many more younger people in the audience (compared to elsewhere) if you go the ballet, opera or a classical music concert here. Also the talent that some of the classical music street musicians (buskers) have here is often incredible. Present day Russian-language "music artists" are much more accessible here - often performing in relatively small venues. I was at an event a couple of years ago, popped outside for some fresh air and found myself standing next to Philipp Kirkorov (his is absolutely not my type of music) but he was very friendly and quite happy to chat. Similarly, a close friend of mine danced with the Ukrainian singer, Svetlana Loboda (who I do like) after she'd performed in a club in Moscow. Generally elsewhere in Europe, and in the US, you'd have almost no chance of getting close to your idol (let alone to chat to them) - here they're far more accessible.


Я поженаюсь с русской девочкой через месяц. когда мы встретелись, я сразу начинать учить русский язык. После два года я ещё новичок, но я больше учу каждый день.


That's a quite good motive you have :) Удачи


When I moved to California I would find grocery store and gas station signs were translated to Russian instead of Spanish, which I though would be more common but to my surprise almost every sign I saw was translated to Russian rather than Spanish. (Probably due to where I am living in California.) I would hear families talk to their loved ones in Russian and people would walk up to me and sometimes say something in Russian, assuming I know Russian as well.

The other reason I had to learn Russian is that my violin teacher speaks it and my goal is to be able to have a lesson where we only communicate with each other in Russian.


1st: interest in culture, not only literature and music, but how is the whole Russian thinking and cultural approach of life without any filter (I grew up and still live in a Western European country: Western cultural filtering gives a strong negative image about Russians, Chinese, Arabics, ...). Almost the same as Celica2898 wrote before me.

2nd: Culture (soft part): books, music, art and so on

3rd: economical and survival reasons: since it's getting less and less stable I want to find myself in a situation where I could move without any hesitation in order to sustain myself (plus ev. family) (situations can flip faster since globalisation than what happened back in past history)


I love it how it sounds. :) Esp. fairy tales are amazing to listen to.


I work in a hospital in irelandand there are a lot of Eastern Europeans- my friend suggested that polish would be too hard and latvian etc too. and that Russian would be understood quite well. Even just to say hello and how are you and be welcoming. im not expecting to learn to be able to converse!


So my story is a bit non-traditional. Back during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, young me was very impressed (first Olympics I ever followed closely) and got very interested in Russia and its language: I first learned at that point how to count backwards from 10 to 1 with the countdown at the Sochi Olympics inauguration (before I even knew Cyrillic). As I loved - and still do- the sound of Russian and am passionate about Russia in general, I started learning the Cyrillic alphabet and a few sentences on my own when I had free time over the next few years. I visited Moscow in 2019 and just adored it, which motivated me even more to continue learning Russian. Earlier this year I took my first actual Russian classes, and now I'm back to learning it myself - quite seriously this time! But anyway, I really owe the discovery of my interest in Russia to the Sochi Olympics, which I find pretty fun. Love hearing your stories :)


I don't think I have an explicit reason. I just "like" Russian as a language and see it as a challenge to break up the monotony of everyday life. It would be a dream for me to become fluent in it. I also like how Russian is both a historically and culturally rich language.


I am learning Russian because I had ancestors that were Поволжье Немцы (Volga Germans)
But mainly interested in Русская Культкра, Народная Музыка, История и Российская Футбольная. And sometime in the future meet Russians here in the USA or visit Russia and get to know Russians better.


I thought there would be more people studying russian in order to get a better undestanding of October's Cycle. It is vital to study deeply the USSR to rebuild communism

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    I am learning Russian for an occupational reason. The only other languages I’ve studied are German and ASL, and I’m fluent in neither ;). But I want to be an analyst for the FBI, and I really think that Russian (along with Chinese I think) will benefit me if and when I deal with international missions.

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