Background and History of Russian language
Russian language is the most used Slavic language in the world and is the most widespread language of Eurasia. Russian ranks with Chinese and English as one of the three major languages in the world. It is spoken by 200 million people.
Revolution of 1917, the programs and politics of the ex-USSR had a big affect on the Russian language. The reforms of those times were undertaken to simplify grammar and writing, making for the Russian language we hear and use today. If you learn the history of that period, it will give you more views in the Russian mentality.
Because of its complicated grammar, Russian language is considered to be harder to learn than French or German. Russian has different type of alphabet; there are a lot of unique sounds that some people never get to pronounce accurately. Russian is the richest language in the world in words describing feelings and emotions.
Russian is the part of Indo- European language family. It is written with the Cyrillic alphabet which consists of 33 letters. In Russian they spell words the way they are pronounced and if you know the alphabet, you will be able to pronounce generally all words quite correctly.
Russian language is rich in the dialects. They are divided into two major territorial groups: Southern and Northern. It often happens that big cities have their own special dialect and accent. But regardless what dialect you speak, you still can communicate and understand representatives of other dialect groups.