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Here are a couple of the best reasons for studying Russian that I found on the web. My best reasons is of course «прочитать «Преступление и наказание» Ф. М. Достоевского в подлиннике» [to read F. M. Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” in the original], which I also did (yes!), but what’s yours? Here are few to trigger your memory! Do you agree with them, or not?
It’s easier than it looks like.
You can talk to 180 million persons in the biggest country of the world.
It’s spoken from Vladivostok to Jerusalem.
A must for arms dealers.
The best language known to man for giving orders.
Huge material to read or listen to on the internet.
Incredible literature and cinema.
It’s the royal way to Polish, Serb, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and the other Slavic languages.
St. Petersburg’s White Nights are simply magical. The sun never sets, the people never sleep and for two weeks the entire city is transformed into a huge street festival that never ends.
Listen to tATu’s original lyrics.
Long afternoons over endless glasses of Russian tea, debating all the problems of the world and listening to some of the best stories you will ever hear.
To stand in Red Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve and participate in the countdown.
TWO WORDS: GEORGIAN FOOD.
Any other language will be easy in comparison. (Just kidding!)
It’s so easy (and everyone else thinks it’s tough)!
9 out of 10 Russians prefer it to any other language.
They understand you in Brighton Beach!
It’s OK to write “R” backwards (Я).
It looks good on your resume.
It goes so well with vodka.
It improves your breath.
It raises your IQ.
You can laugh at the mistakes in subtitles in TV and movies.
Revisit some of your favorite films and watch again to figure out what they are really saying, for example, in Letter to Brezhnev, Clockwork Orange, So I Married an Ax Murderer, Russia House, Red October, Red Heat, No Way Out, Red Dawn, Air Force One, The Saint, Dr. Strangelove, Moscow on the Hudson, White Nights, and many of the James Bond movies.
Learn Russian to communicate on the new international space station!
Impress your friends by writing their names in another alphabet.
The Russian alphabet can be a great tool for writing messages in code.
Russian is phonetically easy compared to many other languages.
Before taking a test, it’s customary in Russian to tell people to go to hell! (This is actually part of a Russian custom analogous in some ways to telling an actor “to break a leg.”)