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April 25, 2020

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Russian technical translations

EHLION’s translations from and into Russian are a reliable way of ensuring that your company’s message and content come across clearly and accurately in Russia. EHLION’s specialized Russian translators work in line with our professional quality assurance policy, which means they only translate into their respective native language, whether working from Russian to English or vice versa. At the same time, our highly qualified experts in DTP and foreign language typesetting will ensure that your documents are perfectly typeset in Cyrillic script.

Russian | русский язык | [ˈru.skʲɪj jɪˈzɨk]

Did you know…?

Did you know that Russian was ‘officially’ spoken in America as a native language right up until the start of the 20th century? If you’re wondering where, it was in Alaska, which previously belonged to the Russian Empire and was also known as ‘Russian America’. Russian is also one of the international languages of communication for manned suborbital flights. All the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are required to speak English, but they also learn Russian to facilitate communicate with each other. The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst learned Russian as part of his extensive training program, as he explained in an interview in February 2014: “Learning Russian in three months was the hardest thing I’ve had to tackle in my training so far.” And the ESA’s astronaut training program is not exactly known for being a walk in the park!

FACT FILE Russian

Russian belongs to the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic group of Indo-European languages. It is spoken by more people than any of the other East Slavic languages. Russian has an estimated 160 million native speakers, and a further 120 million people speak Russian as a foreign language. That makes Russian one of the most widely spoken languages in Europe. As well as being an official language in Russia, it is also an official language in many other countries including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Tajikistan, Abkhazia and Ukraine. Russian is also one of the official languages of the United Nations. In addition, Russian can be heard in Germany and other European countries and is spoken by immigrants in the United States and Israel.

Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet, which is derived from the Greek script. The alphabet has 33 letters, of which 10 are vowels and 23 are consonants, though spoken Russian actually has far more consonant sounds. The language also features an impressive tally of ten words that each consist of just one letter! Ozhegov’s and Ushakov’s dictionaries are the most commonly used dictionaries of the Russian language.