Why Studying in Irkutsk is Really Worth It

Want to learn Russian and feel the “real Russia”? Then come to Irkutsk! I spent two months this winter at the L&D school in Irkutsk and I am extremely happy with my stay. The school only recently opened and is based right in the city center of Irkutsk which is great. Located in a nice historical building on Karl Max street, the facility is brand new (and up to the Swiss quality standards thanks to its Director Felix) and the course completely matched my expectations in terms of learning. I’m really happy with the teaching I had at Linden & Denz in Irkutsk. I’m still only a beginner but my teacher was young and trained to the “modern style” of teaching, far away from the old fashion “repeat-after-me style” that I encountered at other Russian schoo ...

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5 Tips on Travelling to Russia

Travelling to a foreign country can be a stressful experience – there is so much to organise, double check, then organise again! So, how can coming to Russia be made easier? Read on for five tips to help you in your travels here. 1) Make sure you apply for your visa in time Give yourself enough time to get everything sorted. A good plan is to double the amount of time you’ll think it’ll take, then work with that time frame. Read documents carefully and ensure that you have all the paperwork you’ll need. You can do it independently, but applying through an agency is a lot easier and reduces the chance of any unwelcome surprises! 2) Don’t get overwhelmed at the airport Baggage is normally very quick to arrive and security is no stricter than any other international airport. ...

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10 Strange Russian Superstitions

When I first arrived in Russia, I never understood why putting my handbag on the floor was such a big deal. After the hundredth time of being told to put it on the chair next to me, I discovered there is actually a superstition attached to it – putting your bag on the floor will apparently lead to financial ruin! Although some Russian superstitions are familiar e.g. black cats and broken mirrors, I’ve picked the most unique ones to make sure you avoid bad luck! 1) Don’t carry an empty bucket I’m sure that carrying empty buckets isn’t a regular thing in most people’s lives, but even just seeing someone else carrying one is considered an unlucky sign. Meeting someone carrying an empty bucket will scare away your good luck, and you should always cross the street if you see this bad omen comin ...

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Saying goodbye – A short recap of my work & study experience

The last 10 weeks have passed by in a flash. Sadly, this means that I will have to say goodbye to Liden & Denz, goodbye to St. Petersburg and goodbye to all of those amazing people, who I have had the pleasure to meet during my stay. In the following I want to sum up my experience as a language student and intern at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg, in order to give you a clearer idea of what your “study Russian abroad experience” could look like. The article will be structured according to the following topics: Living in St. Petersburg, Accomodation & Living Expenses, Lessons, Internship and Final Thoughts. Living in St. Petersburg It is not without a reason that St. Petersburg is referred to as the cultural capital of Russia. There is always something to do, or a new fancy place t ...

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8 Benefits of Studying a Language Abroad

Do you want to travel somewhere new and exciting? Discover more about a different culture? Or maybe you want to improve your language skills quickly and effectively? Studying abroad is the best way to do all these things! Check out the list below to find out the advantages of studying a language abroad. 1) You learn things in context Personally, I think this is one of the most important benefits of studying abroad. If you’re unsure about a certain word or grammar structure, hearing it used in real-life situations really helps your understanding. Learning the context of a new phrase makes it easier to remember and boosts your confidence when it comes to using it. Repetition is key too! For example, hearing the same phrase on the Moscow metro every day (‘Осторожно, двери закрываются! Следующ ...

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