Why Learn Russian?
Besides having millions of people to talk to and become a better person, there are many reasons you should pick up Russian. Such as:
It’s Easier to Navigate Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world and it has so much to offer. However, you won’t find most things in English there. Most Russians don’t speak English but people in big cities may be more used to English speakers. In any event, it would help you to learn Russian so you can better navigate the country and immerse yourself better in the culture.
You’ll Stand Out
While that seems like a lot of people, Russian is only the eighth most spoken language. According to Busuu, there are more English, Spanish, and Mandarin speakers than Russian.
Therefore, it would be a good idea to join the 104 million people who have Russian as a second language. Who knows, you may find your dream job in Eastern Europe and fit right in! Either way, it’s great to include this on your resume.
You Can Become an Astronaut
Okay fine, knowing Russian is just a very tiny part of being an astronaut but you’ll be one step closer. According to Busuu, foreign astronauts have to know a little bit of Russian because of Russia’s involvement with space technology. Even if you never go into space, you’ll have at least one thing in common with astronauts.
Learning a Language Comes With Many Benefits
Learning a foreign language doesn’t only make you cooler and more employable but it’s great for your brain. Learning a language is great for your memory as well as the plasticity of your brain. In addition to that, it may help improve your attention span which is always a win.
In addition to that, people who speak multiple languages are said to make better financial decisions.
25 Easy Russian Words to Learn
Before you read the list of words, we’ll just warn you that some of the letters may look unfamiliar. Russian uses a different alphabet (Cyrillic) than we do in English.
Here are 25 easy and useful Russian words to learn:
Привет Hey (informal)
Я I am
Пока Bye (informal)
Спасибо Thank You
Простите Excuse Me
Извините I’m Sorry
Удачи Good Luck
What To Do Next
Check out this blog if you’re looking for more Russian phrases, verbs, and words to add to your vocabulary list.
While vocabulary lists are good, they won’t make you fluent. In order to become fluent, you’ll need many contact hours with the language. Yes, that can include studying vocabulary lists and watching tv shows. However, we think the majority of time should be spent in conversation.
If you don’t know any native Russian speakers or you need extra help with grammar and structure, we suggest getting a language tutor. Our language tutors are trained to help you on your fluency journey using the Bellieu Method. We believe listening and conversation are the best ways to get fluent. After all, we use language to communicate.