A Small Dictionary of the Moscow Metro

Moscow’s metro is truly unlike any other! Spend any time in the city, and you’ll certainly be travelling on its underground – our handy dictionary will introduce you to the essential terms you need to get on and get around. 1. Автомат (Ticket Machine) Автоматы are the machines you’ll see at the entrance to each metro station – where you can buy your tickets and top up your travel card. If you prefer to speak to a human, head to the касса. Timing when to buy your tickets is advisable, unless you fancy delaying your journey with a fifteen minute queue, be sure to avoid topping up during no. 7 – час пик! 2. Витраж (Stained Glass) Whilst in other cities, the metro is merely a means of travelling from A to B, in Moscow it was conceived of as an art museum for ...

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9 most famous (but hidden) dogs in Moscow

dogs in Moscow

9 most famous (but hidden) dogs in Moscow As soon as you arrive, but also even before, when you decide and start planning a trip in Moscow, you already know what you don’t want to miss there: Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Bolshoy Theatre, being the most famous places of the Russian capital, top every tourist’s to-do list. However, even if you don’t have a plan and decide just to go for a walk around the city, it’s impossible not to notice some widely-known beautiful statues representing imperial family members, poets, artists, soldiers, and so on.  Nevertheless, you would never guess that around the city it is possible to find also special monuments dedicated to… dogs! As a matter of fact, here there are at least nine dog memorials paying ...

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Farewell, Tilly!

Farewell, Tilly! The time has come, once again… I must bid farewell to a fellow intern and dear friend. Tilly Hicklin is on her way back to Bristol, but I didn’t let her leave without having her sit down with me first: Here’s our talk about her Russian experience! Tilly, tell me a little about yourself. Hi Cynthia! Well, I came to Liden & Denz St. Petersburg with about ten of my fellow classmates from university in Bristol, so I arrived alongside a rather large bunch. I have been studying Russian for around six years now: first in high school, and now at university, where I am majoring in Russian language studies. What inspired you to learn Russian in the first place? At first I wasn’t sure what I would end up doing after school. Thankfully, my high school offer ...

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8 Ways to Improve Your Pronunciation

Correct pronunciation plays a huge part in improving your language skills. Using perfect grammar and sophisticated vocabulary is great, but sounding like a native speaker is the ultimate goal for anyone interested in languages. Although it can be difficult, it’s not impossible, so read on for some handy tips in improving your pronunciation!   1) Speak out loud Speaking out loud can seem a bit strange and awkward at first, but it is one of the best ways in perfecting pronunciation. You get used to sounding out unfamiliar words and build up confidence to speak your language in front of other people. Speaking by yourself makes you less self-conscious because you’re not worried about making mistakes, and this in turn gives you a confidence boost. So next time you’ve written some phrases f ...

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Weird and Wonderful Moscow Architecture

In part two of our blog on Moscow architecture, we talk you through the lives and works of some of the strangest Soviet architects… The peaks and domes of Moscow’s iconic skyline are so famous that even people who have never visited the city are familiar with many of its architectural landmarks. But the city also has countless, virtually unknown architectural treasures, hiding just slightly off the beaten path. The Soviet era in particular saw an explosion of experimentation in architecture. Melnikov’s house and the Narkomfin buildings are two to considering detouring towards on your next walking tour. Melnikov’s House You may well have walked past this building, on Krivoarbatsky Lane in the Arbat district, without paying it much attention. In truth, its brutalist f ...

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