Vowel “A” is the most common in many languages of the world. There is not a single language that doesn’t have this sound. In modern language, the letter “A” is not only the first letter of the alphabet, but it is also a standalone ordinal number that means "first of its kind": the ninth grade “A”, sector A.
In addition, the first sound a newborn makes is also “A”.
The first Russian ABC book came out in 1574. It was published by a printing pioneer Ivan Fedorov. The first ABC book contained an alphabet, a chapter on a reading training method, rules of grammar, spelling and texts for reading.
Nikolai Gogol, a recognized classic of the Russian and world literature, was born in Ukraine, but he wrote only in the Russian language.
Alexander Griboyedov’s comedy "Woe from Wit" gave the Russian language more aphorisms and sayings than any other text. It was literally broken down into quotes, many of which are still used to this day.
The letter "ё" was suggested by the Princess Ekaterina Dashkova. It gained popularity after 1979 at the instigation of a Russian historian N. Karamzin (it should be noted that he used the letter “Ё” only in works of fiction, but in his famous "History of the Russian State" he preferred using the traditional spelling “E”).
In honor of the 205th anniversary of the use of the letter “Ё” in Ulyanovsk a monument to this letter was erected.
Until the end of the 15th century texts written in the Russian language had either no spaces between words, or were divided into undifferentiated segments. Approximately around the 1480s a period sign emerged, and in 1520's - a comma sign. A semicolon that emerged later was initially used as a modern day question mark.
Next punctuation marks to emerge were a question mark and an exclamation mark.
Officially, the letter “Й” became a letter of the Russian alphabet only in the 20th century, although some "infringement of rights" is present to this day: if a certain itemization is done using the letters of the Russian alphabet, the letter “Й” in this case is skipped.
Mikhail Lomonosov was not only the first Russian scientist of universal importance, an all-round scholar, but also a great poet who has done a lot for the development of the Russian language. Lomonosov wrote scholarly works on the grammar and the rhetoric of the Russian language.
He even invented and coined some new for that time words and terms: "thermometer", "atmosphere", "horizon" and others.
In the 20th century, the Russian language became one of the so-called international (global) languages. It is the eighth language in the world by the number of people for whom it is a native language, and the fifth in the world by the number of people who speak it. It is also ranked fourth among the most translated languages, as well as seventh among the languages to which most books are translated.
In 2013, the Russian language ranked second among the most popular languages on the Internet. The Russian language is one of the working languages of the United Nations as well as the international space language.
"У" is a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet and a twenty-first letter of the Russian alphabet;
"У" is a letter of the Burmese alphabet;
"У" is a sign from kanji (Japanese syllabary);
"У" is a historical region of Tibet;
"У" is a Chinese surname.
Denis Ivanovich Fonvizin is one of the founders of the Russian prose and an educator. He became part of the legacy of the Russian literature as a playwright, the author of the comedy "The Minor" – perhaps, the only comedy of the 18th century that is still being staged in theaters today to the delight of the audiences.
Old Church Slavic language is one of the modern forms of the Old Slavic language. The first alphabet that used modern letters based on the Greek alphabet was put together by the missionaries Cyril and Methodius.
Old Church Slavic language was never a common language. Only a small circle of well-educated people could communicate in it. Today it is used in Orthodox worship and church service.
"Great Russian Encyclopedia", which has been published in Russian since 2002, became the successor of the traditions of the famous Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
Great Soviet Encyclopedia is the most famous and most complete universal Soviet Encyclopedia. It had been published from 1926 to 1990 and had three editions with a total circulation of nearly one million copies.
Modern literature and the Russian language in general is impossible to imagine without the humor of such classics as Griboyedov, Gogol, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Chekhov, and without such professional comic writers as Averchenko, Taffy, Ilf and Petrov, Zhvanetskiy and many others.
The letter “Я”, which looks like a mirror image of the Latin letter “R”, for people whose native languages use the Latin alphabet, represents one of the most striking elements of the Cyrillic alphabet.
English-speaking people in order to memorize a difficult Russian phrase “Ya lyublyu vas” (I love you) use the mnemonics “Yellow-blue bus”.