How Many People Speak Russian In The World?
As of 2010, there were roughly 166 million native Russian speakers in the world, placing it at number eight in the list of most widely spoken languages in the world. Among first languages, Russian accounts for 2.3% of the global population. However, Russian is a much bigger player on the Internet. As of 2013, it became the second most widely used language online — used on 5.9% of all websites. That places Russian just slightly ahead of German, but significantly behind English. At this rate, you might as well strike while the iron is hot and get your Odnoklassniki account now (it’s basically Facebook for Russians).
Why do People Learn Russian?
- Russian In The U.S. The Russian language first touched the shores of the modern-day United States in the 18th century, when Russian explorers arrived in Alaska. Today, there are roughly 900,000 Russian speakers in the U.S. out of our total population of 297 million, according to 2011 census data.
- In Europe. Russian is the most geographically widespread language in all of Eurasia, and it’s the most popular native language in Europe. Russian speakers number roughly 137.5 million in Russia, followed in popularity by Ukraine (8.3 million), Kazakhstan (3.8 million), and Belarus (3.2 million). Israel has the largest Russian-speaking population in the world outside of Europe and the U.S., with roughly 1.5 million Russian speakers.
Well, who hasn’t wanted to labor their way through War and Peace
in its original form?! Besides being extremely useful for conjuring a romantic, world-weary effect, Russian remains the most important common denominator for inter-ethnic communication in Eastern Europe. Plus, as mentioned above, it’s the largest native language in Europe. And even if you don’t intend to visit the former Eastern Bloc anytime soon, it’s still pretty cool to be able to pronounce “Raskolnikov” correctly. Ready to learn Russian?
Always wanted to labor your way through War and Peace in its original form? We have a few Russian language courses on offer, including lessons delivered by Skype