Russian vs. Spanish: The Differences & Similarities

Have you ever wondered what the similarities between Spanish and Russian are? What about the differences? Perhaps you’re thinking of learning a new language or planning on traveling on that side of the globe.

Whatever it may be – these are important things to remember before you dive into the thrilling world of language learning.

Russian vs. Spanish: Speakers

There’s about 559 million Spanish speakers worldwide. 470 million of those are native speakers.

When it comes to Russian, there’s only 400 million speakers total. Though Russia geographically looks larger – Spanish has a much wider reach.

Spanish is a very popular second language in the United States. It’s actually considered one of the more useful languages to learn to live in the US, explains DayTranslations.

Russian Vs. Spanish: To be

Spanish has two forms of the verb “to be,” and they are…

  • Ser: You should use this form of the verb to describe something permanent. You’ll find it most useful to say things like “María is smart,” because she is always smart.
  • Estar: You will want to use this to describe not permanent things, like being sick or to say you are somewhere according to The Spanish Experiment.

Russian doesn’t have a form of “to be” in the present tense! Only the past & future have a form of “to be.”

Russian Vs. Spanish: Both are stray from english with letters

In Spanish, the letter “w” is rarely seen. When you do see it, it’s typically a borrowed word.

In Russian, they don’t really start many words with the letter “A” outside of names. Of course, there are some exceptions like the Russian equivalent to “perhaps.”

Russian vs. spanish: both are the official languages of mutltiple countries

Spanish is extremely widespread – it’s spoken in 22 different countries! The majority of these are in the Americas and Europe. It’s also considered a second language in the United States, Belize, and Gibraltar.

Russian is not as commonly spoken, it’s the language of only four countries; These countries are Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Belarus according to BBC.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spanish or Russian languages be sure to browse our courses on Cudoo. Feel good about what you’re learning by knowing you’re doing good – for every course you complete, we donate one to someone in need!

Here is graphic with even more information on the vast differences between Russian and Spanish from our friends at DayTranslations:

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