Not from Russia but Speak Russian
Where I live in Northern CA there is a huge Russian-speaking community, and I am so happy that my kids gets to be exposed to Russian a lot, just because of that. Recently it dawned on me that out of the people I know who speak Russian so many are not actually FROM Russia, although most are from the former USSR.
This led me to look up: How many Russian-speaking people actually live in the US? And Wikipedia never disappoints, so here is another article on the topic. For your information, out of the 316.1 million (2013) there are 836,171 Russian speakers (for comparison, there are 36,995,602 of Spanish speaker in the US). And the table below ( taken from Wikipedia) explains why I meet so many Russian-speaking people in CA :
|State||Total||Aged 5–17||Aged 5–17%|
|District of Columbia||947||48||5.10%|
But how many countires apart from Russia actually still use Russian as their official Language? According to Wikipedia, only 4:
However there are 6 regions where Russian is an official lanaguage. According to Wikipedia, in addition to the above mentioned countries in which Russian is an official language, there are several other countries where Russian, though not official, is spoken by a significant portion of the population. These include:
- Armenia, see: Russian language in Armenia
- Estonia, see: Russian language in Estonia
- Ukraine, see: Russian language in Ukraine
- Israel, see: Russian language in Israel
- Latvia, see: Russian language in Latvia
- Moldova, see: Russian language in Moldova
If you look at the map of the former USSR and the current Russian boarders – it all makes sense. Israel is there because of the large volume of Russian speaking immigrants, I assume.
One of the beautiful and very differen from Russia countires that uses Russian is Mongolia. In the last Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #20 I came across two wonderful articles which helped me learn about Mongolia and it’s food:
After reading about the country I am now curious to know about the Mongolian language too. As far as I understand, the cyryllic alphabet is used now but the original script for the lanaguge is being re-introduced. I see several hours of research about the Mongolian language in my future!
If you are interested in raising a Multicultural child or want to interest your child in other country’s languages, culture, traditions, or food – it’s a great source for such information! Visit Multicultural Kid Blogs – we are a proud member of that wonderful community!
If you are teaching your child Russian and are not actually from Russia, I would love to know where you are from!