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

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Celica2898

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.

April 29, 2019

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

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.

April 30, 2019

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

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!

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlegV12

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

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenCostell3

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.

April 29, 2019

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

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!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenCostell3

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

May 14, 2019

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

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?

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grant7586

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.

April 29, 2019

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

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.

April 30, 2019

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

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

May 1, 2019

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

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

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aidan72-

i was bored

May 1, 2019

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

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."

May 2, 2019

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

Well, good luck on your journey!

May 3, 2019

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

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

April 29, 2019

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

Thank you! :)

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/the.sheepster

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.

April 30, 2019

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

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.

May 1, 2019

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

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.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenCostell3

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.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grant7586

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.

April 30, 2019

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

Because of hardbass

April 29, 2019

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

Let's stay cheeki breeki :D

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Youri389405

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

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CalyM2

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 ^^

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivonna-Mae

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

May 1, 2019

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

So I can play CS:GO

May 2, 2019

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

Soviet Union yee yee

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judy696167

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.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlegV12

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

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivonna-Mae

Do you mean what was done to learn it?

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlegV12

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 :).

May 9, 2019

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

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

May 14, 2019

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

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.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esskaa88

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)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marcin945068

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

June 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slavyanskiy7

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.

June 16, 2019

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

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

June 18, 2019
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