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    Each of us has his own reasons when setting out to study a foreign language.  If you already have such a reason – then there is no need to persuade you.  It only remains to congratulate you because you already have within you what is the main ingredient, without which the assimilation of a foreign language is impossible – that is motivation.  Motivation is the guarantee of your success, the stimulus which will not only spur you on continuously, but will also actively aid you.  

                If you are reading this then you still have doubts as to whether it is worth getting down to such a business as learning Russian.  Someone may have earlier frightened you off by telling you that the Russian language is difficult, that it takes a lot of time in order to master it.  When I meet new students for the first time, I always ask them why they decided to study Russian - after all they all had heard these horror stories.  Here are a few of the typical replies:

                            «Russia has always been a country which attracted me entranced me by its wide open spaces, its great culture, literature and music.  I wanted to understand why such a people had allowed itself to submit to Bolshevist slavery ».

                «I always wanted to study an exotic language, one which is spoken by very many people.  I thought first of Chinese but finally settled on Russian.  It is interesting that when I began to study Russian I fell in love with it.  I really like the orderly grammar of Russian on whose foundation lies its strict system. If there is such a system and you understand it, then it makes it easier to learn it and memorise it ».

                «Russian is the native language of my grandfather.  He dreamt that I would one day be able to speak Russian.  And now I can!  My only regret is that my grandfather is no longer here».

                «I am deeply interested in the history of Russia and the development of Russo-Japanese relations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.  At first I thought I could get by without learning Russian, but soon realised that immersion in Russian would help me understand historical facts. Now I am studying Russian with pleasure».

                «Studying Russian allowed me better to understand my own language, which is English. Before, I never even thought about it».

                «When I first began to speak Russian, Russian classical music sounded alien to me:  my ears were opened and now I can hear that which was previously inaccessible to me».

                «When I write in my CV that I can speak Russian it always impresses employers greatly. And, furthermore, even if there is, at the time, no vacancy for a Russian speaker, they relate to you sympathetically and with high regard.  She can speak Russian – that means she is a capable person.  Incidentally, that is how I got my new job». 

                What can I add to the above?  Think of the future.  If you are seriously thinking of a career where is Russian required?

                Science – a third of all scientific literature on the planet is published in Russian; 

    Business – in Russia there are many openings for businesses that have still to be explored;

                International affairs – in every country there are numerous special departments that require people, who have knowledge of Russian,

                Additionally in the media, in medicine, education, in cultural, publishing, library and museum spheres of activity, in charities and in tourism!

                Don’t forget, that Russian is spoken not only in Russia itself, but also in all the countries that belonged to the Soviet Union.