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Russian is spoken across the vast expanse of Russia: still, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the largest country in the world. Spanning eleven time zones, it extends from Kaliningrad, facing the Baltic Sea, to easternmost Siberia, facing the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Strait.

There are also now about 500,000 Russian speakers in Israel, 250,000 in the United States, and 40,000 in Canada.

Russian is the most important of the Slavic languages, a branch of the Indo-European family. It is written in the Cyrillic alphabet, which is based largely on the Greek, and named after a Greek scholar and missionary named Cyril who lived in the 9th century. While tradition holds that he and his brother Methodius were its inventors, it is now generally believed that they actually invented a different alphabet called Glagolitic, which is older but no longer in use. Cyrillic was probably invented by someone else at a later date.

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Russia is a Slavic language with a long history. Russian is characterized by big vocabulary, complicated word forms and strict grammar. Meanings of the Russian language bear close ties to cultural traits and religious customs. With over a century of experience in language teaching, Berlitz offers you professional, native-speaking Russian instructors who have been strictly trained on Berlitz Method®. Rigid grammar is taught in a lively manner, the spirit and thinking way of Russia are embedded into classes and real-world scenarios are used in an innovative, interesting and lively atmosphere to tap your hidden talent in Russian language and stimulate your interest in learning it. You are trained to understand and think in Russian and enjoy learning this new language!

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