US: Desire to learn Russian heating up again

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Thu Mar 4 14:04:33 UTC 2010


The Washington Post

 

Desire to learn Russian heating up again

 

Russian used to be hot, the must-learn language of ambitious Americans looking to talk to their rivals. But the end of the Cold War put the language in a deep freeze -- one from which it's just beginning to emerge.

 

Students now see Russia as a place to make money, and, with the highly charged rhetoric of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the country appears to be a bit of a rival again. Russian programs in high schools, which had been shrinking since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991, may have stabilized, educators say. 

 

Full story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022804407.html

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