City Construction

I am impressed by the number of construction projects that are running in the city right now. The Lakhta Center is a good example of incredible building speed. It is a non-residential construction project, with diverse facilities, including offices, a science center, a hotel, conference halls, and its main function, the headquarter of Gazprom. It is promised to become the highest building of Russia and Europe. Everything appears to be going according to the schedule. In then months, the building has grown from zero to 150 meters, touching this point in June 2016. In the last seven months, the building has grown an additional hundred meters. And it is not only the building that is developing. There is a lot of work in progress in the field of transport development and embellishment of the c ...


How To Trick Your Brain into Speaking Russian Fast

Russian Fast

Ты говоришь по-русски? If you understand the above phrase, wonderful, apply what I’m about to say to your next language. If you’re just now getting the results back from Google Translate, we have work to do. Chances are you’ve been studying Russian longer than you would’ve liked. Maybe you’re taking it easy, a word a week, a verb conjugation a year. Regardless of your reasons, we both know what you truly want is to speak Russian now. You might say, “But there’s satisfaction in the struggle.” And you’re right, maybe in the deep underpinnings of struggle lies a hint of satisfaction. But you and I both would gladly give up the struggle for the greater satisfaction of speaking Russian eloquently and fluently this very moment. So pay close attention to what I’m about to tell you, be ...


Tramway over the ice of the Neva river


Tramway over the ice of the Neva river The first tram system ran through the streets of Saint-Petersburg in 1865. A ticket for a ride with this horsecar cost 5 kopeks. When you decided to travel on the roof it only cost 3 kopeks. From 1895 till 1910, a very unusual way of crossing the Neva during winter became popular. An electrified tramway over the ice was created. Due to this, Vasilevsky Island, Vyborg and Petrograd side stayed connected with the city center during winter. The first electrified route over the ice was operated by a Finnish company. To organize this, an amount of 28.000 Ruble was reserved. At the end of the 19th century, crossing the Neva by tram was very usual. In comparison to traveling by sleigh or by foot, this was considered one of the fastest ways of transport at th ...


Study Russian with Adapted Literature

If you ask me, the process of learning a language is never easy. Foreign vocabulary and grammatical structures do not just fly into your brain during sleep. However, I am convinced that making use of the right approach to language learning can have a fundamental influence on the progress you are making. While there are people who say that the only way to learn a language is by speaking, I would argue that the only way to learn a language is by finding a balance between reading and speaking. My point is that in order to speak you need to know words and words are those things you usually find in books. Having said this, reading a book in a foreign language can turn out to be quite depressing and tiring, if your language skills do not match the text. But do not despair, because there is a sol ...


Delicious Russian Piroshki You Can Make At Home

Russian Piroshki

Delicious Russian Piroshki Learning how to cook a country’s cuisine is the best thing you can do to truly appreciate the richness of a new culture. And here in Russia, there’s certainly no shortage of mouth-watering foods you can make right in your own kitchen. Here’s a recipe for one of our favorites, the delicious onion-beef piroshki that baba used to make. So grab a spatula, and proceed with an empty stomach. These Russian piroshki are to die for. Ingredients First thing’s first, we’ll need: 2 cups warm milk 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 tablespoon active dry yeast 1 minced onion 1 ½ ground beef 1 head cabbage 1 can sour kraut 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 finely chopped mushrooms 1 cup milk 3 whisked eggs ½ cup vegetable oil 4 cups all-purpose flour 3 cups frying o ...