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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

US News & World Report: Learn Russian!

This appeared in the Dec 18 issue of USN&WR:

"Why not get ahead of the geopolitical curve and study Russian? Though it has never been a top foreign language among American students, Russian did grow in popularity during the Cold War. And the wealth of Russian history and literature has always made learning the tongue rewarding enough for many. Now, a resurgent and more nationalistic (though post-communist) Russia is again doing some muscle flexing, albeit much more modestly than in the past. American students currently rank Russian eighth on a list of foreign languages that interest them. But with Russia widely pegged as a re-emerging great powerâ??and taking a tough line against a range of American policiesâ??mastering the tongue of the Kremlin could well come to regain some cachet. And, if not, you still could read Dostoevski in the original form, not to mention order a vodka in Moscow with a certain grace."
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Tags: music, soviet union, vladimir vysotsky, bards
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Tags: Tolstoy, war and peace, literature
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Tags: travel, us-russian relations, society