Case study: Russian

Russian is the most widely used of the Slavic languages. It is written in Cyrillic, which is based partly on the Greek alphabet, and dates back to the 9th century.

There are many words of Russian origin in English, such as vodka, Sputnik, and troika.

Because of the time required to learn the Russian alphabet, corporate clients tend to focus on verbal communication skills i.e. speaking and listening. However, if a student does master Russian characters then the ability to read Russian opens up a wealth of beautiful literature to the discerning reader.

Although not as popular as the common European languages, Russian for business training courses have been undertaken with enthusiasm and commitment by many corporate clients of CLT who wish to communicate more effectively with their Russian speaking clients in this dynamic market. In particular clients from the energy and finance industries are recognising the value of being able to converse in Russian with their own customers – to show a real commitment to the market and for the sake of courtesy.

From Senergy in Aberdeen, to Reckitt Benckiser in Slough, clients from all over the UK have turned to CLT to deliver focussed and tailor made Business Russian courses for their key players. Other companies to benefit from CLT Business Russian courses include Kerry Ingredients (Abingdon), Warburg Pincus (London), Sotheby’s (London), Mott McDonald (Altrincham), Fabien Pictet (London), Kvaerner (Sheffield), Discovery Europe (London), and Clarifoil (Derby).

Clients such as Incentevents have also booked Russian interpreters through CLT in London and Moscow for prestigious events.

Although a course of around 45 sessions is recommended for beginners to achieve a good level of Russian, short intensive courses can be invaluable to learn the basic courtesies prior to a business trip to Russia.