Walter Denz, Founder of Liden & Denz Language Centres – Industry Faces

“Inspired by post-Soviet change and a lack of language knowledge, Walter Denz decided against pursuing his academic path and moved from Switzerland to Russia to set up his own business.” StudyTravel magazine, January 2017


Liden & Denz opens Russian school in Siberia

“Liden & Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages has announced the opening of a new campus in the Russian town of Irkutsk in Siberia, making it the company’s fourth study destination.” The Pie News, January 2017


Wanted: Tower from the movie The Return

The Return (Russian: Возвращение) is a 2003 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Its director is also known for his movies The Banishment (Изгнание), Elena (Елена) and Leviathan (Левиафан). I have seen The Return several times, and still consider it as one of my favorites. The movie tells the story of Andrey and Ivan who meet again with their father after a 12-year absence. The three of them go on a fishing trip together, to make up for the missing years. The viewer follows how their complicated relationship evolves during their trip. One of the scenes that I like the most, is the opening scene. A group of boys – including Andrey and Ivan – are standing on a wooden tower on the edge of a lake, daring each other to jump of it into the water. Everyone jumps, except Ivan – the y ...


Entrepreneurship, Determination and Language Learning: The connection


Entrepreneurship, Determination and Language Learning: The connection Here we are, day 18th of 2017! Ask yourself what you did for the past 18 days – were they blurry or clear, happy or sad, productive or passive..? Did you work on your Russian language skills? I would like to dedicate this post to two things: one is language learning, and the other one is entrepreneurship. You are about to see why these two go hand in hand, and are closely related to determination. This New Year brought a lot of clarity into my life and I am, more than ever before, determined to improve my Russian. Below are two additional resources I am using to help me in learning Russian. 1.Immerse yourself in the culture While in Moscow/St. Pete/Riga, find yourself some Russian friends. is a useful to ...


Night Train to Murmansk

Night Train

Night Train to Murmansk In the winter holidays, I took the night train to Murmansk. Its location in the far North and its mythical name have always intrigued me. Besides this, traveling by night train seemed like a pleasant way to get from one place to another. I bought platskart tickets for this 52 hour trip (back and forth), since these are the cheapest. This means sleeping in an open wagon, giving the opportunity to meet various people on track. Each wagon has its own provodnik or provodnitsa, who is responsible for all travelers of his or her wagon. In my case this was a woman. She checked the tickets, cleaned the wagon, guarded the entrance to it during stopovers and she regulated the heating. This is also the woman from whom you can borrow a stakan, a glass with a metal holder to pro ...