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The reason can be summed up in one word - "защищающихся." The English transliteration is something like this - "Zashtsheyeshtshauoushtsheyekhsua." No other explanation is necessary. :)) To read about my Russian language classes and see my impressive Cyrillic handwriting, look here. This birthday greeting was created for one of my Russian friends a few years ago. Can you understand my Russian? :)

Actually I stopped studying Russian because I became unfocused and didn't have time to work as a lawyer, maintain this blog, and be a linguistic scholar. It's a very difficult language for a native English speaker to learn, and it serves absolutely no purpose in my professional or personal life. All of my Russian friends in the U.S. and abroad speak English very well, and I know enough basic Russian phrases to exchange pleasantries with strangers during my visits to the country. English - the international language for tourism in most parts of the world and in my profession as a lawyer. The same for science and medicine, no matter how many times people try to argue with me about this fact or the need for English signs in Moscow. "Let them learn Russian and Cyrillic!," the most common response when I complain about the lack of English language tourism infrastructure in the country. Do you really think it's necessary for a foreigner to learn a language when they're spending only one week of their entire life in the country where it's spoken?  I don't, although it will certainly make your life easier if you take a few hours to at least memorize the Cyrillic alphabet, which isn't that hard to master. Happy Sunday to all! :)

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valery_mukhin
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
Английский язык это язык, который получил распространение в следствии колониальной системы.
В настоящее время колониальная система получила развитие в виде глобального доминирования США в мире.
Россия гордится тем, что она не была, колонией, а была наоборот Империй, в которой её язык - русский является языком межнационального общения.
merinainen
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Русский очень сложный язык по сравнению с Английским. Не думаю, что он может стать глобальным языком.
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procurator0
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
you are a lawyer? did u pass the bar ?eh, did ya?
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:20 pm (UTC)
Of course, otherwise I could not practice law. And I took one of the hardest bar exams in the USA - Virginia. :) The system for lawyers is totally fuc*ed in the USA. You can spend 100k to get your doctorate degree in law, and if you never pass the bar exam your dreams of being a lawyer are dead. You're burdened with a mountain of debt and a useless degree.
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kirilife
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:20 pm (UTC)
Ahahha =))))
it reminds me one pic



Word on the pic is "Лишишься" (Eng. - will lose) :D
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Russian cursive. Most of my friends don't use this form of Cyrillic, and I'm thankful for that. :))
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irinadob550
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
You're probably right. But if you still want to learn some Russian, try Michel Thomas language method.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
I still try to study sometimes, but my schedule is too packed to take such studies seriously. You have to be very disciplined and practice frequently to maintain the skills you learn. Otherwise, language is lost.
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perycalypsis
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
Everyone has subpersonality, disorganized and intuitive, which can speak Russian.
procurator0
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
even african-americans of declining years?
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berngardovka
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
Agree
But a friend of mine choose Spanish instead if English for traveling

Edited at 2016-01-10 03:28 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
In the U.S., Spanish is definitely the most useful second language. I know it pretty well, but am not fluent. This is the language I studied in high school and university.
blueswinka
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
I reeeally dislike "let them"-phrases, even if it is "let them eat cake!")
Learning Cyrillic can be fun though, I agree; my husband can "read" Russian, it is rarely useful, but can be very entertaining.

peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
It's fun, but takes too much time to become proficient. I especially like to read the variations of all the Russian curse words and slang phrases. There are soooo many! :)
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kremlin_curant
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Couple phrase is enough for a traveler. And Russia may be closed soon for you as the GosDep's agent.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's closed for me now because my visa will expire in February and I don't want to pay to renew it.
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juliette_ss
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
Russian and English are very different in the way of expression of thought aside from other difficulties in grammar etc
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, and the meaning of the word can entirely change in Russian due to stressed syllables. We don't have this in the English language.
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theodorexxx
Jan. 10th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah motivation is the most important thing in learning foreign languages. And Russian is a bit harder than English
Also, we are surrounded with american culture so almost everyone is able to say basic english words. Like: "Bitch, vodka drink yes?"
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Perhaps one day the world will be surrounded by Russian culture and media, and more people will understand the language. What do you think? :)
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ilay_original
Jan. 10th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
Studying foreign languages is fun.
And a great way to keep your brain muscles fit.

Even if you will never have a chance to really use them (languages, not the muscles).

Besides: you never know.

For example: I learnt French when I was 15 (looong ago in 1990- 1991)

And the first time to _really_ use it was in 2005 in Montreal.

Of course I wouldn't have a pleasure to learn some new language now, as I'm 40.
It would've been a complete waste of my most valuable asset (time).

So I can only envy the ones who still have such a priviledge.

Хнык-хнык ;)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I'm 42 now, my brain doesn't absorb languages as quickly and I was never a good linguist, even in youth. I think you either pick them up quickly, or struggle. I fell into the latter category, but of course when there is little motivation it makes a big difference. If it was necessary to learn Russian to keep my job, I'm sure the motivation would suddenly arise. :)
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fesma94
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
Russian is waste of time ! Learn if you want to work as CIA agent ! ))) Better try to study the Modern Standard Mandarin (Standard Chinese) , or Arabian ,soon you may be senior wife of any sultan ! )
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
Senior wife of a sultan? :)) Never!
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kuigoroj
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
Правильно стопт стадин. Нефиг учиться языку по таким учебникам. В конце должно быть "ya" а не "ua".))
peterkaymd
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
My kids were born in states and English is their native language. We put efforts toward improving their very basic Russian language. They were attending full day Russian language school on weekend where they were immersed into the company of russian-speaking kids of their age. However, last year I simply gave up on this effort and we will be starting spanish language, instead. I no longer see any economic advantage of knowing russian beyond simple phases. Spanish on the other hand will be useful since we want to explore places like Costa-Rica and other latin american countries.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
Spanish is also very useful for their life in the USA. This is almost the native language now. :) So, I think you made a wise decision.
alice_lisina
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. If you know some Russian and you do not spend much time in Russia, you not need to force yourself to study Russian. Only if you like Russian and want give your brain an exercise. Just as a hobby! :)
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