It is estimated that Russian is the first language of over 145 million people. It is primarily spoken in Russia and, to a lesser extent, in the other countries of Eastern Europe and Asia that were once part of the Soviet Union. Russian is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Doing business in Russian
Following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, several of the newly independent states have encouraged their own native languages as well as the learning of English. Russian seems nevertheless to have retained its role as lingua franca of the region. A knowledge of Russian for those working with Russia and Eastern Europe is a certain route to maintaining a competitive edge in an increasingly important market.
A proven track record
Our Russian trainers specialise in the teaching of Russian to those who need to gain a survival level, improve upon their existing skills or develop their vocabulary to meet the needs of their work. In the past year, we have provided Russian courses for a wide variety of our clients, including a partner in a leading international law firm transferring to her firm’s Moscow office, an account executive with a London advertising company, and a journalist moving out to Moscow to head up the Russian desk of a leading international business weekly.
A practical teaching approach
Russian is a difficult language to learn, not least because it is written in the Cyrillic alphabet and because it is a highly inflected language. At beginner level, our courses focus on introducing the alphabet, the sound system, the basics of Russian grammar and a core basic vocabulary so that our course participants are able to communicate for survival in oral and written form. More advanced learners will be working on building their fluency and spontaneity in using spoken Russian in meetings, on the telephone and in social situations. All of our learners will also work on their ability to communicate effectively by email in Russian.
Our Russian trainers
Our trainers are experienced in the teaching of their mother tongue to adult business learners with varying levels of knowledge. Many are not only qualified language teachers but also have backgrounds in finance, the media, research and the law. They use a number of different course books and supplementary materials to make their training sessions interesting and motivating for their course participants.
For more information about our Russian courses, please contact us.