Second Russian Language Center to Open in Turkey
After last year's decline due to the global economic crisis Russia-Turkey trade turnover shows sustainable growth again, Voice of Russia reports. Turkish resorts are still popular among Russian tourists. As a result many Turkish companies employ Russian speaking people and it is not surprising that the number of those who want to learn Russian is growing.
The Russkiy Mir Foundation, with headquarters in Moscow is ready to help these Turkish citizens. We have invited the head of the regional programs department of this foundation Georgy Toleraya to our studio. He said that earlier this year his foundation had opened a Russian center in Turkey.
A Russian Center of the Russkiy Mir Foundation opened at the University of Economics and Technologies in Ankara. The center is well equipped with multimedia language learning programs and literature on academic, cultural and general knowledge topics. We presented a collection of about 1000 Russian books to the center. The Turkish Commerce and Industry Chamber has showed an interest in the activities of the Russian center and is coordinating its work. Our foundation pays a salary to the Center's head, who always informs us about all current student needs.
Soon the Russkiy Mir Foundation plans to open another Russian center in one of the universities of Istanbul.
Aside from the Russian center, the foundation opened a network of Russian Halls, which are now successfully functioning in Antalya, Ankara with one more hall due to open in Istanbul soon. Again, the foundation provides all necessary facilities to these venues. There are many Turkish businessmen among the students of these halls as well as workers of the Turkish tourist sector. Georgy Toleraya continues.
In some Turkish regions where the tourism business is well developed Russian is in fact the second language. Practically all personnel speak Russian and billboards and ads are written in Russian Whether they all speak grammatically correct and fluently is another question. One of the goals of our center is to help those who want to improve their Russian.
Of course learning the language implies learning the culture and becoming familiar with the national literature. That is why the foundation holds conferences on Russian literature in Turkey. One of the recent conferences was dedicated to the 200th birth of the great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. The foundation also plans to offer Turkish students 3 week study tours to Russia. These tours will be fully sponsored by the foundation.