Russian in Cuba vs Russian in Vietnam

Language Critic   Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:57 pm GMT

11:21 25/06/2009

In recent years, Cuba once again became interested in the Russian language - his study not only in the capital, but also in several Cuban provinces. One of the key steps in popularizing the Russian language in Cuba could become the planned reopening of the Havana branch of the State Institute of Russian Language. AS Pushkin. On that, at what stage are the negotiations on this issue, the rector of the Institute Yuri Prokhorov, told RIA Novosti in Cuba Oleg Vyazmitinovu.

- Yury, what are the first results of your meetings in the Ministry of Higher Education of Cuba? Both on the island of freedom relate to the very idea of resuming the work of the branch of your Institute?

- Once in Cuba, there was a branch of the Institute of Russian Language. Pushkin. It was a big branch, and there was rather a lot of Soviet and Cuban specialists: Cuba has been in great demand in Russian.

Now it comes to restoring the activities of our branch. Purpose of the trip - finding out the real needs and conditions for its basic knowledge he has always survived.

We discussed these issues with representatives of the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Higher Education of Cuba, with the leadership of the National Library, with the rector, vice-rector and dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Havana. To be meeting with the representative of the Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, responsible for Europe.

Among the topics discussed - as well as strategic issues (what can be engaged in a branch, it will be for the organization and how it will relate to the educational system in Cuba and Russia) and the practical aspects - which may be placed in a branch, as it can be staff (as our own, and Cuban).

- Can you describe in general terms the challenges that will confront the branch?

- There are several areas of the branch on which he can be the focal point, and the "working point".

Now in Cuba in various fields of economic activity once again created a need for Russian language. There are people who studied in the Soviet Union and, in principle, good command of Russian. But the last 15-20 years, they simply have not enjoyed. Therefore, in the first place will be courses "restore" language - and that there will be the fastest return. When five or six years studying in our country, then how could he not forgotten the language, some basic knowledge he has always survived.

In Cuba, a very good Russian studies, but the majority of teachers, it is owning the methodology and many years have not been in Russia. And with the help of grants fund "Russian World", the federal target program "Russian" can, I think, fairly quickly to improve skills of Cuban specialists in Russian philology, and do it in Russia. To do this, our institute is ready to offer various training courses.

- Many Cuban provinces studied Russian language, and does so largely through the exceptional enthusiasm of teachers. Will branch to provide them any kind of methodical help?

- It's almost a priority task. Trainer branch will be enough is mobile, it must pass "on duty", to see how the classes are, to offer training materials.

Another area of activity of the branch - it is working on a new generation of educational materials. Such work can only be conducted with Cuban experts, while our colleagues may be the coordinators of the process. That abundance of textbooks, which now have to European destinations, there must be adapted to Cuban conditions.


Phung Trong Toan
Vietnam, Hanoi Branch IRYA them. Pushkin

In the recent past, pre-1991 Russian language occupies a dominant position among the studied foreign languages in Vietnam. In the vast majority of universities and secondary schools (90%), Russian was taught as a compulsory discipline. Then specially noted that in no other country in the world is not prepared so many translators, teachers and teachers of Russian language, as in Vietnam.

In a brilliant gallery of Vietnamese Russists entered Nguyen Niemi, Tran Thong, TZE Hoi Vu, Thi Toan, Ra Shawn, Nguyen Hao Nguyen Tuet Minh, Le Nguyen Long, Bui Hien, Truong Dong Shan, Hoang Lai, Doan Do Huyen, Le Nyan, Until Dinh Tong and many others.

Cooperation between the Soviet, Russia and Vietnamese universities created favorable conditions for the exchange of experience teaching, conducting research, training, teaching aids, organization of laboratory work. Vietnamese faculty, who has been trained in the Soviet Union and Russia, had learned much from the Soviet and Russian professors and teachers.

In 1983 in Hanoi was opened branch of the Institute of Russian Language named after AS Pushkin, who made an invaluable contribution to the spread of Russian language and literature. Vietnamese and Soviet specialists Branch contributed to the increase of teachers of universities and schools across the country, was in charge of Russian-language instruction in philology, nefilologicheskih, military institutes and academies, schools and courses to help their colleagues in the preparation of teaching materials and practical training of students. A branch of the Olympics were students, consultations and seminars, refresher courses and representative conference.

Then came a time when the Ministry of Education and training was to encourage applicants to learn English or French as their primary language. Across the country, the number of secondary schools in which Russian is taught as a foreign language, was sharply reduced.



Balanced Opinion   Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:12 pm GMT
Based on what Language Critic posted, Russian has a more promising future in Vietnam than in Cuba.

Reason is Russian is closer to Spanish than it is to Vietnamese. So, there is less resistance to language in Cuba than in Vietnam.

Another one is Cuba is isolated form the world. It cannot turn to the western world especially to the US, so it has no other choice but to turn to Russia.

Vietnam has now weak ties with Russia. In fact, its ties with China is stronger than its ties with Russia although the only ones speak Chinese in Vietnam are the local Chinese. The ties with France has been restored and the most apparent proof is it is a full member of La Francophonie and French is once again studied but this time behind English.
Franco   Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:28 pm GMT
Another one is Cuba is isolated form the world. It cannot turn to the western world especially to the US, so it has no other choice but to turn to Russia.

So Russia is not part of the Western World?
cnalbisham   Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:26 pm GMT
Was the OP passed through some sort of machine translator?
Gate-crasher   Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:09 pm GMT
<< Both on the island of freedom relate to the very idea of resuming the work of the branch of your Institute? >>

I second the poster above, this seems to have been badly mangled by Babelfish or Google. Anyways, "island of freedom" should have been rendered correctly as "prison island".
And, to Franco, I think Russia is almost by definition NOT part of the Western world.
Biboka   Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:04 pm GMT
I think Russia is almost by definition NOT part of the Western world.
It is in the terms of literature and classical music.