Immersive Russian at the Sennoy Market

Welcome to our new video series: Immersive Russian, where you will learn by exploring some of the most exciting places in Russia! This week Liden & Denz intern Ryan Gourley will take you to the Sennoy Market (Сенной рынок) – one of the most iconic spots in Saint-Petersburg. You’ll learn all the phrases you’ll need to navigate one of the city’s largest and oldest open-air markets, so take a look at the video below!

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10 Untranslatable Russian Words

Ever struggled to find the right words in English to describe your undying love for one person, your hair-of-the-dog hangover cure or the humdrum of everyday life? Look no further! These untranslatable Russian words provide a glimpse into the mysteries of the language and give you a whole new set of vocabulary to use. 1) Пошлость Has something ever seemed tacky, kitsch and vulgar all at the same time? Then maybe it was ‘пошлость’! There is a subtext of shallowness and triviality (какая пошлость! – How petty!), as well as a slight smuttiness. The word ‘tacky’ pretty much sums it up but that doesn’t quite convey the full meaning, as there is a falseness behind ‘пошлость’ that makes it even more off-putting. 2) Тоска Probably the one of the most well-known untranslatable words, Nabokov’s famo ...

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From one cold city to another! Meet the newest Liden & Denz intern.

Hi! My name is Liz. I am from Minnesota in the United States, and am the newest intern at Liden & Denz. From exploring Russian history to finding great places to study, I hope to share what I find in St Petersburg with you. This is my fourth time in St Petersburg, but my first time visiting as a student. Previously my visits to the city have been short. As well as visiting St Petersburg, I have been fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, and Petrozavodsk, in Karelia.  In Petrozavodsk I was part of a delegation of law and social work students and professors working to open discussion and collaborate on ideas for improving social work agencies in both Minnesota and Petrozavodsk. Through these experiences my love for Russia has grown beyond just an interest in the culture and history of Ru ...

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The Best Russian Meat-Free Meals

Russian cuisine is delicious and varied, but meat does play a large role in the national diet. After all, this is a country famous for its kotleti (котлеты), shashlik (шашлык), and borscht (борщ). So how can a vegetarian try some traditional Russian food? Surprisingly, meat-free meals aren’t that hard to find, and plenty of dishes can be adapted to make them vegetarian. Here’s some of the best Russian vegetarian dishes! Soups Shchi (щи) is a cabbage soup that is simply delicious! It’s a very old Russian dish, dating back to the ninth century, and is traditionally made from cabbage/sauerkraut, meat, potatoes, carrots, onions, and various spices. It can be made vegetarian by simply removing the meat and using vegetable broth. Shchi is so important to the Russian diet that there’s actually a ...

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Tsiferblat, a place where you can make your time count!

Once upon a time a group of young poetry enthusiasts rented a little flat – “the tree house” – in the heart of Moscow. There, they could do whatever they pleased: reading books, playing the piano, chat with friends, drink coffee and they could do it for free (payment was totally voluntary). Six years have passed and the amazing concept of the small tree house has given rise to a chain of “anti-café” called “Tsiferblat” (clock-face), which are very popular all over Russia. What is an “anti-café”? Simple, it’s a place where guests pay for time spent there, rather than for food and drinks. The charge is quite cheap – 2 rubles per minute – and locations, which are furnished in the style of a living room, are very cosy and intimate. As an Italian, I wasn’t used to that concept, so you can ...

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