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The Russian Federation has the largest land area in the world and is nearly twice as large as Canada. Not surprisingly, Russian is in the list of the top ten most influential languages in the world. Approx. 160 million people speak Russian as a first language and another 110 million speak it as a second language. A great deal of Russian is spoken in countries such as Belarus, the Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia, Moldavia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Knowledge of Russian can be beneficial the business world. Despite the daily diplomatic stumbling blocks, Russia is most definitely a potential growth market. Definitely since the Western European economy is lagging, emerging markets such as Russia are important for multinationals. Many Russians are not able to speak English well, but they consider it a sign of respect for their country and culture when a business partner speaks their language.

Russian is not the easiest language to learn. The language is difficult to recognize and the alphabet is also different. Perseverance is key here. At the same time, Russian is a phonetic language which means that the letters are always pronounced the same way. This aspect of the Russian language greatly facilitates learning correct pronunciation. 

The Language Center offers the course Russian for Beginners 1 and Russian for Beginners 2

Russian for Beginners 1

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

You will learn the basics in Russian during this course. A variety of exercises will help you learn to read and write the Russian alphabet and a number of short games will teach you how to recognize letters and words. Writing is primarily used as an educational method: the emphasis of the course is on speaking and listening. A number of different role plays will be used in various contexts.

After completing the course, you will be able to describe a problem, express criticism and talk about your plans. You will have reached the A1 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

Russian for Beginners 2

12 x 2-hour classes, 12 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

This course is the follow-up of the Russian for Beginners 1 course. You can read Russian reasonably well and are able to talk in the present, past, and future using simple sentences.

In this course, we will mainly look at the Russian Aspect (sovershennyj, nesovershennyj vid). In the first part of the course, we will continue to practice your vocabulary and grammar which are important for acquiring and, even more so, for understanding the Russian Aspect.

In addition, you will learn making negative sentences (negation). You will practice with subjects like being sick, going shopping (including grocery shopping), talking about your appearance, hobbies, et cetera.

During the course, we will not only pay attention to grammar but also to Russian culture and its secrets.

At the end of the course, you will have reached level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference.