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Russian Language Lessons in New Zealand

Russian language course introduction

Russian is the main language of Russia. It’s also spoken in all the former republics of the Soviet Union, Israel, USA with the number of mother-tongue speakers worldwide at about 150,000,000!

Course features:

  • Taught by expert Russian native-speaker teachers.
  • Curriculum specially designed for New Zealanders.
  • Delivered in small classes with no more than 10 people.
  • All Russian course materials included.
Course timetables and enrolment

Why learn Russian?

  • Russia is the largest country in the world, and although many different languages are spoken there, Russian is the lingua franca for the whole country; it is also widely used in the independent states which were formerly part of the USSR, from Ukraine to Armenia to Uzbekistan.
  • Russia has enormous mineral reserves, and a wide range of industries; after the hard times of the 1990s, the economy is now picking up rapidly. Developing economic and political relationships with Russia is important for all western-oriented countries.
  • Contrary, perhaps, to the image they have, the Russian people are often very warm and passionate, especially when you get beneath the surface, and strong friendships can be made. Having a knowledge of the Russian language will be an invaluable entrée into the Russians’ world.
  • Russia has a tremendous literary heritage, and a long and varied cultural history, which can be seen in places ranging from the eighteenth-century elegance of St Petersburg to the older traditions of Moscow and some of the smaller cities.
  • Russia is also renowned for its music and ballet, which can be enjoyed in the course of a visit to the major centres.
  • Siberia offers a unique travel experience, especially to those in search of an intrepid journey!
  • Many westerners, having visited Russia, become hooked on the place – there may well be things you don’t like about it, but it has an intensity which can make other countries seem shallow in comparison.
  • And don’t think Russia is always freezing! Summers are pleasantly warm in all the major centres. That said, the intense winter cold is definitely something to experience if you can…

Is Russian Hard?

  • Russian is an Indo-European language, distantly related to English. This means that some of the basic vocabulary will seem quite familiar.
  • To learn the basics of Russian is probably not much harder than learning the basics of, say, French or German.
  • Although it is hard to get an authentic Russian accent, it is not that hard to pronounce Russian words tolerably well; most of the sounds of Russian also occur in English.
  • Russian has borrowed a lot of English or other “international” words; many words will be familiar and easy to learn. If you want to say “climate” or “match” or “park” in Russian, just take the English word and give it a Russian flavour!
  • The Russian alphabet (Cyrillic) may look off-putting, but in fact it is not difficult to learn; you can get the basic idea in an hour. Some of the letters, like “a”, “k”, “m” and “o”, are the same as in English. And the alphabet works well for the Russian language: you can predict which sound each letter will represent very accurately.
  • At a higher level, Russian grammar is tricky: there are a lot of case endings on nouns and adjectives, and the verb forms are also complex. Learning the vocabulary can take quite a bit of effort as well. But then you may not be aspiring to read “War and Peace” in the original!
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