While language training is a must for missionaries, I have never really considered it a priority since I had studied Russian previously and get plenty of language practice in daily life.
But due to the current visa regime, I've been "forced" to become a student. Of course, I could have tried to get all my paperwork together to enter a degree program. But since I am trying to figure out about residency at the same time, it seemed practical to take a more low-key approach and become an "exchange" student.
I have three Russian language classes, 14 hours a week: Grammar, Lexicon, and Conversation Practice.
Here are some of the benefits that I've observed over the past week of attending class: +/-