The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

Russian Language: Uniting Peoples

June 6: the birthday of Alexander Pushkin was traditionally marked ay MSLU by the workshop Russian Language: Uniting Peoples.

Russian is the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages, with 144 million native speakers in 33 countries. More than 270 million people on the Earth speak Russian. The Russian language is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations, and its day is celebrated annually around the world as evidence of the recognition of the equality of all languages in the framework of the program for the support and development of multilingualism and cultural diversity.

For our university, Russian in the context of the UN is noteworthy. 75% of the employees of the Russian interpreting services of the UN are graduates of the legendary UN Interpreter Courses, which existed for 30 years in InYaz named after Maurice Thorez. Since 2019, MSLU has had Training Program for Candidates for the Competitive Language Examinations, and one of the main disciplines of the Program is Russian Language Course.

Irina Kraeva, Rector of MSLU, Petr Ilyichev, Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director of the UN Information Center in Moscow, Andrey Vorobyov, Executive Director of the Coordination Center for .RU/.РФ Domains, addressed the participants of the workshp with welcoming remarks.

The main speaker was Marina Sidorova, MSU Professor, who dwelled upon Speaker under pressure of circumstances. Who is stronger: us or them.

Victoria Tuchina, a graduate of Training Program for Candidates for the Competitive Language Examinations, spoke about her vision of the place of the Russian language in the preparation of high-class translators.

Master students Kokov Petar Todorov (Bulgaria) and Sun Yujie (China) presented scientific reports, and Ito Kaoru (Japan), Cao Minh Tuan (Vietnam), Mateus Sebashtiau Gaspar (Angola), Du Xiaojie, Guan Miao, Zhang Yuying (China ), Nguyen Thi Hoa Hau (Vietnam) read poems by Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev and Asadov in Russian.

In conclusion, students of the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting involved all those present in a quiz About Russian with love and a smile.

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