Learn russian as a foreign language

If you ask most Russianists (people who study the language and culture of Russia), they will tell you that they became fascinated with Russia, intrigued by the Russian language, and that they fell in love with Russia’s great literature, and that these are good enough reasons on their own to study Russian. And they are. But there are lots of other reasons, too. Russian is the primary language of the approxmiately 150 million citizens of the Russian Federation, as the Russian state calls itself, and is the native language of approximately 30 million people living in the other states which were formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In many if not all of those states (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgystan, Kazakhstan,Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) Russian is widely spoken by people who are not themselves ethnic Russians, and it is also spoken – if sometimes reluctantly – by many people in the other countries of the former “Warsaw Pact”. In other words, it offers a key to the parts of Europe which will be most changed by economic development in the coming century. And while Russia itself may not always look like a very wealthy, or even economically healthy, country, it has enormous reserves of valuable natural resources and an extremely well-educated populace – in other words, it has great potential for economic growth.

Learn Russian as a Foreign LanguageMoreover, the last few years have seen a great improvement in the Russian business climate, and current indications are that it is becoming increasingly easy and more profitable for western companies to do business in Russia. Given these circumstances, knowing the country’s language and culture will certainly give graduates looking to work in international business a very important line in their résumé. Moreover, knowing any other country’s language and culture is both very useful and very appealing to employers and to professional schools, while knowing the language and culture of a major and very remarkable European country indicates that a person can handle all kinds of different and even difficult challenges (although the Russian language is really nowhere near as hard as people who have never learned it tend to think) and can acquire useful knowledge on a very significant part of the world. With the globalization of business, employers are often very interested in hiring people who show that they are familiar with a culture well beyond their own, and are comfortable handling the differences and even difficulties that working in a different culture brings. As Sally Adamson Taylor, in her book Culture Shock, puts it, “assigning home office personnel abroad is an expensive and complex proposition”. She cites the authors of Leaders Sans Frontiers, who assert that when staff assigned abroad return home early “they cost their company between $25,000 and $125,000 in wasted capital, not to mention the hard feelings left with clients they were unable to deal with successfully” (and those costs were estimated almost fifteen years ago!). She concludes, “multinational companies need leaders who are internationally adept” (Sally Adamson Taylor, Culture Shock! France, revised edition, Portland, Oregon, 1999, p. 211 – incidentally, although she writes about France, her chapters on general “culture shock” will help anyone traveling overseas). So, yes, learning Russian could make a big difference to your career (read all text).

So, if you are ready to begin I would like to invite you to learn the Russian as a foreign language at my office in Kiev.

I offer programmes at all levels with all possible variants for quick, intensive and effective learning. Regardless of your current knowledge and skills of the Russian language, whether you want to start learning Russian from the very beginning, or study specific grammatical structures in depth, or gain fluency, or improve your oral and written skills, or even learn Russian business terminology, we will do the best to make your Russian language study process effective and enjoyable.

Lessons are held in groups of 2 or 4 students or individually, on and off school premises. Lesson schedules are flexible and designed for your convenience. Though we recommend you to take at least 4 lessons per week, in order to facilitate as much as possible the immersion into the Russian language and culture. The individual program are discussed with the teacher on the first day after an entry-level test of your Russian language knowledge. This is to provide maximum efficiency for and a specific focus on your needs.

A certificate is delivered to all participants upon successful completion of the program no lower than the Intermediate level. If you are interested in applying for the course, please, follow the link here.

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