Tag: "russia"

What Languages Are Spoken in Russia Besides Russian?

By Sarah-Claire Jordan It’s very easy to assume that, in a country one doesn’t know much about, only one or two languages are spoken. This may be the case in some extremely small countries, but Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land area. There are also 160 different ethnic groups […]

Four Things That Make Russian Unique

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Russian has the fame of being one of the most difficult languages to learn for people who don’t already speak a Slavic language. Still, some 260 million people speak Russian worldwide, either as a native language or a second language. Russian is in the East Slavic language group, along with Ukrainian and […]

The Language Struggle in Russia

The colorful domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow brilliantly juxtapose the exquisite gardens and palaces of the Kremlin. Four hundred miles away, in Saint Petersburg, the Hermitage museum displays 18th century architectural pomp, attesting to the cultural splendor contained inside. Travelling from one city to the other is a puddle jump, considering the vast […]

Olympic Interpreting

Palm trees inertly witness a lively conversation in foreign tongues on a sidewalk in Sochi, Russia. Big mounds of snow muffle another one in the adjoining ski resort, well above the altitude of the Black sea-side city. The athletes are present at last and the liveliness in the air is a combination of rosy cheeks, […]