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Photo: dw.com What is the future of Russian language in Central Asia? This question is still open and the prospects are rather unclear. According to the 1989 census, 80% of the inhabitants of Soviet Union spoke Russian. In 2019, everything changed dramatically. More than half of residents throughout Central Asia (except Kazakhstan) do not speak Russian. “Considering the changes that occurred after the collapse of Soviet Union, we can rightly say that Russian language is disappearing from public space,” independent researcher Nurbek Bekmurzaev states. At the same time, there are significant differences in the...

20.03.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

A large-scale educational event Total Dictation is going to take place on April 13, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people in Russia and abroad are going to test their literacy. Not everyone knows that Total Dictation has a "younger brother"  - the TruD test. It was created specifically for those who study Russian as a foreign language, bilingual children, their parents and all those who are not yet fluent in Russian. Olga Rebkovets, the head of Total Dictation project, told us about the test and its first results. - We all know how Total Dictation goes: at a certain time, people gather in a lecture room...

01.01.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: RussianLanguage

Svetlana Smetanina     pressuha.ru The 5th International Pedagogical Forum will be held in Sochi on December 3 and 4. The Russkiy Mir Foundation is one of its facilitators. At the forum Valeri Efremov, a professor of the Russian Language Department of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, will share on how the language game becomes a part of the language system, and why it happens. – Your lecture in the agenda of the pedagogical forum is called “The Language Norms in the Age of Internet.” Apparently, this means that...

09.12.2018
Rubric: Interview
Subject: RussianLanguage

Alexandra Guzeva You might be surprised to learn that the speech patterns in Moscow and Vladivostok, separated by 9,000 km, are more similar than in Moscow and Ryazan, only 200 km apart. 1. Modern Russian is just one dialect of Old Russian The people who inhabited Ancient Russia, or Rus, were mostly illiterate, had no dictionaries to check word usage, and didn't bother too much with rules. Therefore, prior to the 14th century, the preliterary Old Russian language was, by definition, based on oral traditions: it was spontaneous and didn’t rely on fussy...

01.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

Tatiana Zhdanok Around a thousand people took part in the All-Latvian parents’ meeting in Riga. Parents, teachers, principals of Russian schools, local governments’ and Euro Parliament’s deputies, both Russians and Latvians are persuading the country’s government to stop the reform aimed at banning the Russian language from schools. Here is the report made at this meeting by a well-known human rights activist Tatiana Zhdanok, one of the leaders of the Russian Union in Latvia. To be or not to be? – That’s Hamlet’s question that we are facing today. We must oppose what is happening to us by...

11.04.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

Elena Barman India is our long-term traditional partner that has always had a steady interest in the Russian culture. Currently The Raisina Dialogue 2018 conference is taking place in New Delhi, which shows that India takes Russian political and soft power for serious. Further we shall speak about promoting the Russian language and culture in India. novostipmr.com We would like to draw your attention, dear reader, to the work around spreading the Russian language in India. It has been especially important since the opening of the Russian Culture Centre and the Russian Research Centre at the Jawaharlal...

04.02.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

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