Is Russian an important language to learn?
It is widely spoken
Russia was the official language of the Soviet Union, which encompassed a considerable part of Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, Georgia and Latvia. As a result, many Eastern Europeans know Russian as a second language.
Russia is a fascinating country to visit
Russia is the largest country in the world and spans two continents, Asia and Europe. The country also has eleven time zones and a rich and varied landscape, from pine forests to mountains. In St. Petersburg, you can visit a multitude of monuments, including former tsarist palaces such as the Winter Palace. Advanced students can delve into the works of influential literary authors, such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
How hard is it to take Russian classes?
There are certain aspects of the Russian language which have earned it a reputation as being challenging to learn. Nevertheless, given its relative complexity, learning it can be a fun challenge and can serve as testament to your intelligence.
It is similar to other languages
Russian is partially mutually intelligible with Russyn, Ukrainian and Belarusian and equally has much in common with other Slavic languages.
The Cyrillic alphabet
While your Russian learning can commence immediately without the need to learn the alphabet, there will come a point when, to read and write in Russian, learning the alphabet will become necessary. With private Russian lessons with BiCortex, you can have a Russian tutor guide you through the process.
Learning grammar in Russian classes
Russian grammar, with its cases and genders (masculine, feminine and neutral), has many rules it may take some time to become acquainted with, though the concepts may be similar to those who speak Western European languages, since Russian grammar in fact shares many similarities with that of Latin. Russian grammar is, however, known for being logical. It has no verb for ‘to be’ in the present tense, has few irregular verb, no articles and the word order is flexible.