Why Russians Know Little or No English?


Why are Russians so Low in English? Because Russians don’t even bother to speak English 

The average level of English in Russia is very low, especially for people over forty years old. If a foreigner travels to Russia, if he does not speak Russian and is not led by a tour guide, there is basically no way to communicate with locals in English.

The average level of English in Russia is very low, especially for people over forty years old. If a foreigner travels to Russia, if he does not speak Russian and is not led by a tour guide, there is basically no way to communicate with locals in English.


German and French more Important than English

In the past, English was far less important than German and French in continental Europe. The Russian aristocracy was more fluent in French than Russian. 

At that time, French culture had a dominant position in Europe and Napoleon had just swept across Europe, which contributed to the spread of French culture. It is fashionable to speak French among the upper class society and intellectuals in Tsarist Russia. It is also basic cultivation.


German is popular in Russia as a technical language. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Soviet Union was so vigilant against Britain and the United States that English was called the "enemy language." But there is no defensive heart against Germany. 

After the launch of the "Rapallo Treaty" between the Soviet Union and Germany, the Soviet Union and Germany began a full-scale cooperation based on the Anti-Versailles Alliance for more than ten years, which greatly contributed to the Soviet-German military cooperation. 

The frequent exchanges between the officers of the two sides greatly looked at each other. National defense force. This state continued until Hitler came to power. German was the first foreign language of the Soviet Union at that time, especially military technology foreign language.


In 2006, an author visited Moscow and St. Petersburg with a delegation. In Russia, it is difficult to understand Russian, and the status of English is not as good as German and French. He lived in the Chinese Embassy in Russia. 

An official used a rhetorical question to clarify my confusion: Moscow and Washington were one of the two major centers of the world in the past. Can I see Russian or other languages ​​everywhere on the streets of Washington?


There is another reason for language differences. English and Russian are still very different on many levels-from letters to grammatical structures, English does not change suffixes to express different meanings like Russian, which makes it more difficult for Russians to learn English.

More Impact of German than English in Russia

Russians have a long history of neglecting language learning. In Russian primary and secondary schools, it is free to choose which foreign language to learn. Most Russians choose to learn German. 

It can be said that German is their first foreign language. For example, Putin the Great learned German. Moreover, the Russians have strong national self-esteem. They think Russian is the best language, and foreign languages ​​are not as important as we do.


Comparison Chart of Russian English German

Since Russia began to hold the unified national college entrance examination in 2009, foreign languages ​​have always been selected subjects, and the only available languages ​​are English, French, Spanish and German. 

With the close relations between China and Russia, the status of Chinese in Russia has been continuously improved. Starting in 2015, Russia has piloted the Chinese subject test for ninth grade students (middle school graduates) nationwide, and will list Chinese as a foreign language test subject for the Russian college entrance examination in the future.

Most Russian schools still have not improved the level of English teaching. They jumped from grammar to foreign language songs, from songs to words, and then from words to unrelated texts, and then ran grammar tests. 

Students could not receive systematic English teaching and did not have enough practice to strengthen grammar and consolidate new words. 

In this way, many people think that English is too difficult because of years of unsuccessful learning experience and finally give up trying.


In Russia, the awareness of using English is generally low. Many tourists are shocked when they first arrive in Moscow. The subways in the Russian capital are only prompted in Russian. 

It is said that the subways and some buses in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all have foreign language prompts.


The point is that English is not necessary to live in Russia. The film is dubbed in Russian, and the book is translated into Russian. 

The most popular tourist destinations in Russia, Turkey and Egypt, do not speak English, and there are many people who speak Russian. If you travel to Europe, just report to a tour group. English is not useful at all.


However, complaints return to complaints. Data shows that the overall English level of the Chinese is not as good as that of the Russians!


According to a survey of the 2014 World English Proficiency Ranking (70 countries, 910,000 people participated in the test), Russia ranked 39 in English proficiency and China 47.

So you will find that in Russia you speak English and no one cares about you too much. Unlike our country, a foreigner speaks English, and a bunch of girls come up to practice oral English with you. 

Nowadays, English is the internationally accepted language in the world. This is indisputable. Therefore, when Russians speak English, their self-esteem is hurt.


When a man first went to Russia, I didn’t know that the sky was high and the earth was great. Sometimes he called home on the tram. 

When you talked with your mother in a native dialect, a Russian uncle in front turned around and said to you: "Here is Russia, please speak on the phone in Russian", I petrochemical on the spot. The mother over the phone asked me happily, "My baby, there is a furry talking to you? What is it?" My Nono said: "He asked me to talk to you in Russian."


The British once concluded that they must speak English when dealing with the aboriginals in the colonies. The British never speak aboriginal languages. Even if the aboriginals do not understand English, they must speak English to them until they understand English and fall in love with the elegant London. accent. During the period of Tsarist Russia, Russian was stipulated as the "obligatory national language" and was enforced nationwide. 

Schools must speak Russian, national languages ​​must be banned, and official documents must be in Russian. Do you know how to deal with the national languages ​​of the republics in the Soviet Union? The most effective method is to speak Russian, speak Russian, and always speak Russian.

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