The best metaphor for the study of Russian may be to picture the Russian nesting doll.
The Matryoshka, as it is called, represents not only Russia's creative spirit, but also the endless surprises of Russian civilization. Roanoke's program offers a first step toward discovering the benefits of understanding this remarkable language and culture. Why study Russian at Roanoke?
On the bridge. Russia provides a bridge between eastern and western cultures, and offers a fresh perspective on each. The genius of Russian writers, dancers, musicians and artists have made an indelible impression on the world. They stand on that bridge--a space entirely their own.
By the numbers. 145 million people speak Russian as their native tongue and an additional 110 million have learned it as a second language.
For the future. As the Russian economy develops, businesses are looking to explore Russia as a promising new marketplace. Russian is also a preferred language for many US government jobs.