We start learning the Russian language from this lesson. In this course, we will learn new words in Russian along with Russian grammar. Thus, the vocabulary is more important than grammar in the study of any language. Of course, grammatically correct sentences are also important for fluency, but to speak a language, you must first know a large number of words in that language. For this reason, in addition to grammar lessons, it is important to watch videos that teach new words which I upload on my onlinekurs.az website.
Since this is our first lesson, in this video we will talk about generally about Russian language and will learn the Russian alphabet. First of all, I would like to note that Russian is a language belonging to the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic language group of the Indo-European language family. Russian is the national language of the Russian people and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Russian, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, is the fifth most widely spoken language. Russian is the state language of Russia, the second state language of Belarus, the official language of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As the official language of the USSR, it is still very active in the former member states. Although Russian is not an official language in some countries of the former USSR, all of them have Russian language schools or Russian is taught at school. About 300 million people around the world speak Russian. So by learning this language, you will not have any language problems when you are in many countries of the world.
The Russian alphabet based on Cyrillic graphics. So let's learn the Russian alphabet. The Russian alphabet, which has existed since 1918, consists of 33 letters, 10 of them are vowels, 21 are consonants, and 2 have no sound expression. These letters Ь and Ъ. Until 1942, the Russian alphabet consisted of only 32 letters, so from this year the letter Ё was officially added to the alphabet. Until then, the letters Е and Ё were the same letters. I should also note that a monument to this letter was erected in Ulyanovsk, Russia in 2001. The Russian alphabet consists of 42 sounds. During learning of alphabet we will also learn a words that corresponds to each letter. The most important thing is that, we should make it our main goal to learn as many words as we can throughout the course.
Is Russian language difficult to learn?
Russian has the reputation of being a very difficult language to learn, and it is indeed somewhat more difficult for native English speakers than the Western European languages. Nevertheless, Russian is still easier to learn than Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic. You can either learn free Russian lessons in our site or study individually with textbooks.
The Russian alphabet may initially seem intimidating because of the Cyrillic characters it contains. The alphabet originated from the 9th century. Its creators were two missionaries from Greece, the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who based it largely on the Greek.
Apprehension about the Cyrillic alphabet is, in fact, one of the most frequently given reasons for not studying Russian. Of course, the Russian alphabet differs from the English one a lot, but it is not at all difficult to learn. By the way, a number of letters are written and pronounced approximately the same as in English. The alphabet can be mastered in under a week or less. Besides that, Russian spelling system is far more straightforward and simple as compared to English.