Is it common for US Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia
October 18, 2006 2:37 AM Subscribe
Is it common for Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia but forget that it is also a common language in the former Soviet states?
posted by gregb1007 to Writing & Language (37 answers total)
My question is prompted by a recent conversation with a friend from Latin America. He told me that he didn't trust in a Kirgizi young woman's ability to speak correct Russian because she was not from Russia. He thought she must have learned Russian as a second language, although she has spoken it as a first language.
I was kind of shocked by lack of my friend's awareness of how many people from post-Soviet states spoke Russian as a first language.
My question is: Do US Americans often tend to mistake this mistake as well? My friend was from Latin America, but I wonder whether a person from the US is also likely to be unaware that Russian is commonly spoken in the former Soviet Republics outside of Russia, (especially Central Asia)
P.S (I am only concerned about US-Americans knowledge in this question, even though this question was prompted by a conversation with someone from Latin America.)