Why I Am Learning Russian

Hi World,

I hope this article finds you well?

As some of you may know, I have an ardent desire when it comes to learning languages. I speak native English and can converse in Spanish, Italian and Hebrew to a relative level as well as speak some Arabic and French. I had also attempted to learn Vietnamese for my duration in Vietnam, when I was an English instructor, but I gave up as I came to realise that tonal languages – Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc – are not my cup of tea.

I had a stupendous time in Vietnam, where I overcame my notorious shyness, my fear of talking to people outside of my comfort zone as well speaking in front of a full audience. To be honest, I have a lot of gratitude towards Vietnam for their generosity as well as hospitality. However, with the utmost respect to Vietnam and its people, Vietnamese is one hell of a hard language.

To be honest, I was frustrated as I could not grasp the basics due to the fact that I was suffering culture shock for the first time in my life and to be honest, it had a detrimental effect on my passion for languages.

However, after being ostracized, I quit my job in August 2020 and made the foolish decision to visit a country – where hypocrisy is rife and where the majority of the minority of the people mix their ludicrous cultural norms with their lambasted faith – and I was stuck abroad during the pandemic. Hence, I took an interest in Russian in October 2020 to keep my sanity in check as well as keep away from the constant drama.

Now, you might be thinking “Why I chose to learn Russian?”

To be honest, there are multiple reasons to why I am learning Russian, but I have narrowed it down to three reasons and the reasons are:

  • History.
  • Communication.
  • In Remembrance Of That Special Person.

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Anyway, without any further ado, Allons-y!

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Reasons

1. History

I personally believe there is so much to learn about a country and Russia is no exception. It offers so much to learn about from the Tsardom of Russia (1547–1721) to the Russian Empire (1721–1917) to Soviet Union (1922-1992) and I am 100% adamant that knowing the language will make me appreciate it even more.

Take it this way, when I was learning Spanish, Italian and Hebrew, my curiosity and intrigue for Latin America and Italian-Spanish culture as well as Israeli history became an obsession to improve my language skills. As for learning Russian, I know for a fact that – without any doubt – my journey for the language will exponentially rise.

2. Communication

To be honest, I was extremely shy when I was young when it came to conversing with people because I would always be shut down or told to be quiet and it caused a lot of problems for my self-esteem, which then affected me in my mid-teens and adult life until the age of 25.

A “friend” who turned out to be a snake asked me why I love learning languages and I told them the following quote:

I have to be honest that whenever I converse with someone in a different language – be it Spanish, Italian or even Hebrew – I do become someone else. How do I know? It’s the way I speak with passion as well as the body language changes.

Spanish I speak the language in a boisterous, yet respectable manner and it also depends on the person I am chatting to in South America or the United States.

Italian I speak the language in a serious, yet friendly manner because I either speak with the elderly on a regular basis when on holiday in Milan/Rosolini.

Hebrew – I speak the language in a respectable manner all the time and it depends on who I am interacting with when I am in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

3. In Remembrance Of That Special Person.

I will not go too much into it but sometimes people touch your damaged and sensitive hearts in unexpected ways and they make you feel special as well as worthy.

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Two years on, my progress with the Russian language with the help of a certified Russian teacher has not only made me regain my confidence, but also my passion for languages. The vocabulary along with the short phrases are two aspects of the language I feel comfortable with, but the grammar is not easy. With the utmost respect, I can proudly say that Russian is much easier than Vietnamese, but not as easy as Spanish, French or Italian.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope this was informative to you as it has been for myself going down memory lane when typing this on my brand new Apple MacBook Pro on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.

Update (March 2022)

With the utmost respect, I – as a human being with heritage from the Indian Subcontinent as well as the Middle East – have enough problems that I deal with on a daily basis from discrimination to jealousy from others for my achievements to racism. Basically, I do not involve myself with politics unless it is to do with the ongoing struggle of Scotland gaining independence from the United Kingdom.

Alas, the ongoing drama occurring to the East of Europe is sad, but I ardently and profusely believe that it is extremely important to recognise that one can appreciate the culture of the country as well as the history, when learning the language without taking sides. I have pride, but not as much as Hubris.


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