RUSSIAN LANGUAGE STATISTICS
Russia is one of the most important countries in the European Union with a total extension of 17,075,400 square km. That is why the country can boast of being the largest city in the planet. In this fashion, the Russian language is quite important in the world due to its large number of speakers who were born not only in Russia but also other countries close to Russia such as Ukraine, Belarus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, among others. In fact, there are more than 165 million people who are speaking this interesting language nowadays. |
This interesting language belongs to the family of Slavic languages. In fact, it has a strong influence of the ancient Novgorod dialect that disappeared between the 15th and 16th century. Even though the majority of its vocabulary comes from the Church Slavonic, the language has been influenced by other popular western languages such as English, French and German, just to mention a few.
Nowadays, there is a standard Russian language called Modern Russian Literary Language. This standardization began in the 18th century when the Peter the great was the emperor of this territory. But several years later, Lomonosov created some grammar rules and wrote them in a book. In the year of 1783, the first dictionary of Russian language appeared so then it can be used by citizens. The alphabet of this language includes 33 letters. This alphabet (Cyrillic alphabet) was created and designed in Greece during in the middle of the 9th century.
Moreover, the language is another interesting feature that attracts thousands of students from different parts of the globe to the different language schools and universities in Russia. We have to mention that the Russian education system is considered as one of the best in the world. To enter in aprestigious universities in Russia, students must have a good command of the language.
Although, the language was proclaimed as an official language, there are other interesting and different Russian dialects. In fact, there are two important groups of dialects such as The Northern and Southern group. In addition, there are other several languages spoken in Russia that derive from the Russian language. E.g. Balachka, Trasianka, Quelia, Fenya and Surzhyk.
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