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How Long Does It Take To Learn Russian

Over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands, of students to speak Russian and all but the exceptional few have been able to pick up the language, both speaking and reading, at a basic level in around 4 weeks. It’s important to remember my students only get around 3 hours tuition a week and I always advise students to put in at least 3 hours a week of their own study time. So, when asking how long does it take to learn Russian, the short answer, and only in theory, is in few hours.


If you want to move beyond the basic level, and become fluent in speaking, reading and writing in Russian it will take you much longer. There is a lot to learn such as the Russian alphabet, names of letters, pronunciation, constants, vowels, numbers, nouns, gender, cases, Russian history and Russian culture. All have to be taken into account if you want to be fluent in Russian. It becomes even more difficult to learn Russian if you live in an English speaking country because you won’t naturally pick up the language or have many opportunities to practice speaking and listening to the language.



To answer honestly when asking how long does it take to learn Russian I would say it will take between 2 – 3 years of regular institution based study to become fluent in Russian.


Learning to Speak Russian Online


If you live a busy lifestyle, or don’t fancy going to back to school to learn how to speak Russian, it is possible to learn online. The important thing to remember when learning online is to take your time. It’s easy to jump into the deep end and try to learn everything at a rapid pace, but mark my words, you will fail to understand everything you’ve taken in and this will leave you with a negative experience that will make you not want to learn Russian.


One advantage to learning Russian with any software is the flexibility in scheduling-a pupil can study the language on his own time for as long as he feels the program is useful. Intensive learning of foreign languages via computers is not uncommon among businessmen in need of a crash course to better communicate with contacts overseas.


What will the next ten years bring for the learn Russian language and learning in the United States? If the current rise in attraction to the nation’s culture and literature continues to trend upward, one may see the debut or reintroduction of classes around the country, particularly near business metropolitan areas. While challenging to learn, perhaps more so than Spanish and French, Russian offers new speakers the ability to improve their opportunities on the global stage in finance and art.