Of all Slavonic languages, Russian is by far the most widely spread and spoken as well as being the language that covers the most of the Eurasia region. Russian is categorized under the East Slavonic language tree, next to Ukrainian or Byelorussian and has a solid shared structure with these languages. However, the Russian language has its differences and uniqueness as well as being influenced by other lingual trends.
The importance of the Russian language is not only given by the number of its speakers (around 250 million people) but also because of the economical and political power held by Russia. These factors made Russian become one of the official languages used by the United Nations as well as a means of communication in trade or international affairs.
Being spoken by such a large number of people in such a wide territory, several dialects have formed in the Russian language through out time. Linguists can pin-point dozens of such dialects, but they are usually split up into three main groups, called Northern Russian, Central Russian and Southern Russian.
Learning Russian – Why and how?
The ”why” question is easily answerable. First of all, Russia is a fascinating country with a fascinating culture and at the same extent, hearing it fascinates people. Being an international power nowadays, knowing Russian can give you a boost in your career as more and more businesses are conducted between Russia and the Western world, a thing that was just a few decades ago, thought impossible. Once you’ve learnt such a hard, fascinating language there’s no stopping you into becoming a true polyglot.
A great way to start learning Russian is with the help of the Internet. This comes extremely handy, especially if you don’t have the time or money to start up on some “Learn Russian” courses in your locality. On the Internet though, you are free to learn at your own pace and whenever you want. You can be your own boss (well...teacher) so to speak. There are virtually dozens of free Russian online lessons out there, all you need to do is browse them, pick one that you think will suit you and follow it up close.
If you’re having trouble with your vocabulary improvement pace, you might want to try out some Russian vocabulary games. These games will help you memorize words efficiently and give you a solid vocabulary increase overall. These games are also quite relaxing and fun, which is to your advantage since everything that we learn for fun instead of enforcement is memorized better by our brain.