Adding a new language to your vocabulary is always a good thing, and this can’t be denied. Some people choose to learn languages that are similar to those they already speak, for instance, when taking Portuguese lessons Vancouver Spanish speaking visitors say that it’s a good way to practice two languages at the same time (English in Vancouver and Portuguese in the classroom). They think that this is a natural way to learn, since Portuguese and Spanish are very similar, and they already speak English. However, many people dread those languages that they find too different from their native tongue. Let’s shatter a few of the most common myths of Russian, for example:
Myth #1: That crazy alphabet is impossible to learn
Those brave ones who decide to try learning Russian actually learn the entire Russian alphabet in the first week of lessons and learn to write and read it well by the end of the third week. In other words, it takes one month at the most to read and write the “knotty” Russian alphabet. It does look crazy, but only because it is unknown to all of us who write and read using a different system. Learning the Russian alphabet is a matter of (a 3 week) time. Everyone can pull it off.
Myth #2: Russian is impractical
It is the exact opposite way. A major in Russian not only prepares you for several of the same things that a major in other humanities disciplines does, but it also may do so in a better way. Russia played a major role in world history and being more knowledgeable about it will give you a real edge. The myth that Russian is difficult is something you could actually take advantage of. Russian on your CV hows that you are not afraid of challenges and believe in your abilities.
Myth #3: I will never get to practice Russian
There are many interesting ways in which you can practice your Russian and learn about their culture and world history at the same time. For example, Russian movies can be very interesting, since there are many outstanding film directors in Russia. For instance, and to name but a few, take Alexander Sokurov, Andrei Tarkovsky or Nikita Mikhalkov.
When deciding to take Russian classes Toronto students discover that the language was not impossible to learn at all. Yes, it does take time and effort just like anything else, but prejudices can be just barriers that take you nowhere.