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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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blueswinka
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
Proficiency takes time in any language, so there is always that "little" question of motivation. I live in Sweden and the language is not too hard when one knows English, but ... everybody knows English and most people are glad to use it. You could not imagine how hard it is to find motivation to learn the local language properly. It is a very different side of the same problem - too much of infrastructure is in English)) And if one speaks with an accent, most locals are happy to switch to English, too quick and happy for my taste. So if you work in some technical area (in English) and are married to a non-local, as I am, you really have to make yourself learn.
Strange problems of the modern world))
peacetraveler22
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
Sure, this is the other side of the coin. Lack of motivation due to friendly and bilingual locals. :) I've always wanted to visit Scandinavia, but have not yet made it there. Unfortunately, it's quite expensive for tourism.

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