Can We Really Have You Speaking Russian in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Russian conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Russian.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Russian the way the Russians do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Russian
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia and all its former republics have become much more open to the world, allowing for a significant increase in tourism, business, and cultural exchange.
Companies from every continent have taken advantage of Russia's new opportunities, and have expanded their operations to include Russian offices and outposts. By the same token, Russian business has grown, and some companies that are headquartered there now also have operations in Europe, South America, the United States, and in many other countries. Learning Russian will allow you to join in this new exchange of ideas, particularly if the company you work for is one that has a presence in Russia.
Tourism has also enjoyed a boost in recent years. You can now travel freely across Russia and Eastern Europe as easily as you would travel to any Western European or Asian country. Learning Russian before you go will not only help you get around while you're there, it will show the locals that you have an interest in them, their country, and all the wonders it has to offer.
Conversational Russian vs. Academic Russian
Learning Russian in a classroom setting, or by studying books can be difficult because it doesn't use the Roman alphabet the way English, German, Spanish, and many other familiar languages do. The Cyrillic alphabet is very difficult to decipher without instruction, and without the ability to recognize the letters, it's impossible to understand the vocabulary, let alone the grammar.
This is where the Pimsleur Approach gives you an advantage. Since you learn just by listening, it won't matter if you can't tell one Russian letter from another. You'll be able to speak, and hold everyday conversations such as asking for directions, introducing yourself and your family, simple business transactions and more. And you'll learn them without having to crack open a single book.
By learning Russian the natural way, using idiomatic expressions the Russians actually use rather than textbook phrases, you will benefit by speaking Russian that is "real" rather than academic.
A Logical Way to Learn Russian
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Russian words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Aside from Russia, the Russian language is spoken in 13 other countries. Partly because of prior Russian occupation, the language is still spoken in many former Soviet republics as well as a handful of neighboring countries.
Russian belongs to the Slavic branch of languages. It is most similar to Ukrainian and Belarusian, but also shares similarities with Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, and Serbo-Croatian, and several other Slavic languages. A few minor similarities to Greek also exist, particularly in Russian's Cyrillic alphabet.
Despite its different alphabet, Russian shares many cognates with other languages. Cognates can of course be found between Russian and other Slavic languages. But, somewhat surprisingly, Russian also shares cognates with German, Spanish, and even English, which can help make the language a bit easier to pick up when you hear it.