On the 14th of April, Russian Centre of Science and Culture organized a Russian language event called “Totalny dictant” – an annual education event held in a form of text dictation for the public. The main purpose of the event is to provide unique opportunity for participants to check their knowledge of the Russian language, thereby promoting the language.
“Totalny dictant” was initiated by the Novosibirsk Student Society in the Humanities Department in early 2000s. Although it started as a small annual event held by a group of students within the University of Novosibirsk, over the past 12 years it gradually has become an international flash mob. In 2018 Totalny Dictant was written on 6 continents, together with 76 countries and 1000 of cities around the world.
At the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kuala Lumpur altogether 25 people participated in the event including representatives of governmental organizations and Russian compatriots residing in Malaysia.
Non-native speakers of Russian language had an opportunity to write a light version of Totalny Dictant called TruD, which is especially adapted for students of Russian as a foreign language. This year 130 cities from 45 different courtiers took part in TruD’s project. There were 16 participants in Malaysia – students from Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technologies of the University of Kuala Lumpur as well as from Russian Language courses at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kuala Lumpur.
This year, Totalny Dictant was written by Guzel Yakhina, a Russian author and famous screenwriter. The dictation, comprising of three parts “Morning”, “Day” and “Evening”, tells the story about German literature teacher. Later on, these parts will be included in a new poem about Volga German autonomy of 1916th – 1938th years.
In Kuala Lumpur text was dictated by a philologist, a teacher of Russian language as a foreign at the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technologies of the University of Kuala Lumpur Tatyana Rodina.
For the results announcement – visit the website totaldict.ru after 18th of April, while the awards ceremony will take place on 22nd of April, at 2:30pm at RCSC in Kuala Lumpur.