For the last 6 years I’ve gotten by without out seriously studying Russian language but that all changed recently when I decided to go back to my studies.
Language is the fabric of every culture.
You can learn about a culture without learning the language but you can’t experience and know a culture until you have assimilated its unique tones,
There were times during my first year in Ukraine when I literally thought my brain was melting. I was working so hard a learning Russian that I started to forget English!