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Chemeketa offers six Russian language classes to help fulfill the arts and letters requirement of our transfer degree.

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Why choose Russian?

Russian is the official language of the Russian Federation. It is also widely spoken in the former Soviet republics of Europe and Asia. There is a significant Russian community in the Willamette Valley. Many recent immigrants to the United States speak Russian.

Knowing another language and culture will –

  • Increase your career opportunities
  • Broaden your horizons
  • Enrich your life in ways you never imagined
  • Develop your intercultural sensitivity
  • Increase your global understanding

Taking one or two years of a second language can –

  • Fulfill university course requirements
  • Greatly increase your chances of getting a rewarding and better-paying job
  • Enhance travel
  • Open up a new world of friendships and understanding

What will you learn?

  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing Russian
  • Russian culture, geography, customs, daily life, heritage and literature

What will you do?

A knowledge of Russian blends well with careers in –

  • Art
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Theater

Where to Start

    If You...
    • Are true beginners and have not studied Russian before (or in a very long time) or have not had significant contact with the language
      • Take RUS101
    • Have studied some Russian before, such as one year in high school, and know some basics, such as –
      • Meeting and greeting people
      • Counting
      • The alphabet
      • Describing people and things
      • The family
      • Telling time
      • Using regular present tense verbs
      • Take RUS102
    • Have had at least two years in high school and are familiar with concepts such as –
      • Telling the date,
      • Stem-changing
      • Irregular and reflexive verbs in the present tense
      • Numbers above 100
      • Likes and dislikes
      • Daily routines
      • Food
      • Can use direct and indirect object pronouns
      • Take RUS103
    • Have completed a year of the language in college or three or more years in high school and should be familiar with –
      • Past tenses
      • Future tense
      • giving commands
      • Some subjunctive,
      • Talking about work, health and travel
      • Take RUS201
    • Have grown up in a household where the language was spoken regularly and wish to focus on bringing their abilities to a more formal level, using proper grammar, spellingand accents and improving their reading and writing ability in the language
      • Take RUS201
    • If unsure, talk with a language teacher for proper placement