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Russian is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia, the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages and the largest native language in Europe.

Today, Russian is spoken by a total number of 278 million people: it is a primary language for about 164 million people and a second language for 114 million.

It is spoken in Russia, countries of the former Soviet Union and many emigrant communities around the world, especially Germany, Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia and Latin America.

Russian is written using a modified version of the Cyrillic alphabet. The Russian alphabet consists of 33 letters.

Russian around the world

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  Country where Russian is an official language
  Country with at least 500,000 native speakers
  Country with at least 5,000 native Russian speakers

Why learn Russian?

  • Russian is one of the six languages of the United Nations and lingua franca in all former Soviet republics and much of Eastern Europe.
  • Learning Russian makes you stand out and increases your value in the job market! Having Russian on your CV would create new opportunities and be a big advantage in a job interview with any international business.
  • It is the language of authors of literary masterpieces: Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Akhmatova, Lermontov, Turgenev, Yesenin, Bulgakov and many more.
  • Russian will open up to you a whole new world of travel: it is the main language of communication in both the Russian Federation and the Community of Independent States (CIS).

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With our free Russian language course, you can learn by talking to native Russian speakers around the world!

As well as learning directly from other users, you can use our interactive language learning materials to practise and improve your language skills.

The materials are arranged into learning units. Each one is based on a certain topic and contains all of the most important vocabulary and phrases.


the multiculturalism

the multiculturalism

Key phrase

Австралия приняла мультикультурную политику. В этой стране проживает много представителей различных культур.
Australia has embraced multiculturalism. There are many people from different cultures living there.

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Vocabulary: Learn important words and expressions with the aid of pictures and audio clips. Premium Members can also listen to key phrases.
Dialogue: Improve your reading comprehension with a fun dialogue, followed by questions to test your understanding. Premium Members can also listen to the audio version.
Writing exercise: Develop your written skills by writing a short text for other users to correct.
busuu-talk: Connect with native speakers via our integrated video-chat application, which allows you to chat online or even talk to other users in the busuu.com community.
Review: Test how much you've learnt with a short quiz and win busuu-berries!
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