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Happy International Translation Day 2013!

Happy International Translation Day 2013 from Russian Keys Ltd! It is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953. In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognised International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries (not necessarily only in Christian ones). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalisation.

Eton’s first ever native Russian professor builds up language class

Since Peter Reznikov took over as head of Russian at Eton 15 years ago, the number of Etonians studying Russian increased six-fold. 

As the clunky Soviet empire was crumbling in August 1991, a 23-year-old graduate of a top-ranking Moscow language school named Peter Reznikov took the plunge and headed for “the Wild West,” as his family referred to Britain.

A professional interpreter working part-time for the Soviet Finance Ministry and Foreign Office, Reznikov had made quite a few useful connections with foreigners that flocked to Moscow during perestroika. One of the contacts translated into a job opportunity that Reznikov couldn’t miss – he was invited to work on a one-year contract as an interpreter and personal assistant to the education officer of Clwyd County in Wales.

By the end of 1991, Reznikov had received job offers from five local schools that were looking for a teacher of the Russian language and Soviet affairs and started an education consultancy, Peter Reznikov International Centre for Education (PRINCE).

Over the next few years he moved around Britain teaching Russian until his fate took a twist again – he stumbled upon a job ad for the head of Russian at Eton in the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

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Experts point out steep growth of interest towards Russian language in US

Interest towards the Russian language in the US is in evidence of a steep growth, as dozens of thousands of Americans are already studying it on an optional basis at universities and general schools, said the reports at an international conference titled ‘The Special Features of Teaching Russian’ that was held in New York City Wednesday.

Also, Russian is a language of everyday communications for a million-strong community of ethnic Russians in the US. In New York State alone, it is spoken by over 300,000 people.

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How difficult is the Russian language?

Well-known psycholinguist, interpreter and TV host Dmitry Petrov talks to RIR about the global interest in Russian and, the difficulties in learning the language.

How difficult is the Russian language?

RIR: What is the role of psychology in foreign language learning?

Dmitry Petrov (D.P.): Learning a new language is about both psychology and mathematics. A range of basic algorithms makes language learning akin to mathematics, and psychology is about removing barriers, feeling at ease, having an enjoyable experience. Many learners panic about making mistakes, which often is more of a problem than the objective challenges of taking in new information. 

RIR: What could be the motivation for learning Russian?

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123Greetings Launched Russian Ecards Adding Diversity To Its Collection

People from over 225 countries visited 123Greetings.com in 2012. To meet the needs of this diverse user base, 123Greetings.com launched a new category of ecards, called, 'World Languages' that will allow native speakers to share wishes in their first-language.

Statistics provided in the 2013 edition of - 'Ethnologue: Languages of the World' show that Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Hindi are spoken by over two billion people as their first-language.  To cater to this vast audience in August 2013 123Greetings.com added World Languages category so users can send wishes to loved ones in their native languages. "This launch marks a strategic step to expand the scope of our coverage as the chosen four languages are among the ten most widely spoken languages in the world. Through this initiative we attempt to bring people closer to their loved ones," says Sharad Kajaria, President, 123Greetings.com.

The new category of World Languages will initially offer ecards in Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Hindi and gradually include other languages.  Ecards for birthday, love and country specific holidays are included under these languages. 

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