Learn how to speak Russian and the world will be your oyster. Russian, after all, is one of the major world languages. Get a grasp of it, and all sorts of opportunities come your way: International jobs, once in a lifetime trips, lifelong relationships, plus the opportunity to experience a sense of mystery and belonging.
This blog, of course, is all about learning how to speak Russian. Search and you’ll find videos where you can learn your 1st 30 words and phrases, or read articles on pronunciation or grammar. The thrust, though, of this article is simple: Encouragement. You absolutely can learn how to speak Russian, and all you need is desire…
…and clear instruction.
I can provide the second – clear instruction – but desire comes from within. For me, it came from an urge to see the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and a longing for something different. Europe seems so touristy, and Asia too exotic. And Latin America? Who needs that if you’ve lived as I did in Phoenix. But Russia? The enemy? The land of spies and supermodels, borscht and bear hats? I’m in!
So, I ask you: Where does your passion come from? Are you a student, hoping for an exciting job? With Russia becoming a major player on the oil market, there’s a treasure chest of opportunities there, and knowing Russian will be the key that unlocks them.
If you’re not a student looking for a future made brighter by a knowledge of Russian, maybe you’re an adult, in search of your Russian past. It’s estimated that since 1820, well over three million Russians immigrated to the U.S. Those roots grew into a tree with a whole lot of branches, i.e. descendants, and there are tens of millions now in the U.S. with Slavic origins. Knowing where you came from is a great motivator, and I hope you find who and what you’re searching for. And to be sure, knowing Russian will be indispensable to you, not simply in the logistics of traveling, but in getting to know the people…your people.
An article addressing a person’s passion for learning Russian would be incomplete without mentioning a primal – and common – motivator: To meet Russian women. If this is your passion, I congratulate and encourage you! Women from Eastern Europe are sexy, smart, chic and feminine. It makes for an alluring combination which draws thousands upon thousands of men each year from all corners of the globe. We men are all moths, drawn to the beauty of the Slavic flame.
So find your passion about this incredible language and the amazing people here in Russia. It’s the easiest way to learn how to speak Russian!