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Moscow - Speaking the Language

Russian is the official language of Moscow, and the majority of citizens of this city speak this language. However, English is more widely spoken here than in any other city in Russia, and is the second language of 80 percent of the bilingual citizens of the city. English is also the predominant language of the Bolshevist Foreign office, and has become the favored language for many government offices throughout Moscow.

The Moscow Times, a free English-language daily newspaper published by the Dutch-Finnish publishing group Sanoma, is circulated at places expatriates tend to frequent, including cafes and restaurants throughout the city. It is also available by subscription.

Although English is widely spoken throughout Moscow, the ability to speak the Russian language is often necessary to obtain a job, and is indispensible for getting around the city and performing everyday functions such as grocery shopping. It is also quite important if you want to experience the true flavor of Moscow – although many of the city's residents speak English, they will be more open to sharing the unique culture of the city, and helping you find places where you can experience its beauty and rich history, if you can adequately speak their native tongue.

There are numerous places in Moscow where you can learn to speak and read the Russian language. For example, the Russian Language Centre at Lomonosov Moscow State University offers a comprehensive Russian language course, comprised of 80 to 100 hours of intense academic study, which will teach you vocabulary, the case system, verb usage, and every day expressions. You can view the Russian Language Centre's website at

Another well respected choice for learning Russian in Moscow is Liden and Denz Language Centre Moscow, which is located on the ground floor of a building owned by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The facilities feature wireless internet for effective Russian language research, and are a five minute walk from the closest metro stop. You can request a brochure for Liden and Denz Language Centre Moscow at

For a more intensive Russian language learning experience, you can take Apple Language's courses in Moscow. The facilities are located in the heart of the city, and the courses blend academic instruction with real-world learning. More information about Apple Language's programs is available at

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