Russian farewell – До свидания!

After five wonderful weeks in Moscow it is now time to return to London! The past weeks have exceeded all my expectations and Moscow has definitely become one of my favourite cities. Before I came to Moscow I had the apprehensions that many other students do like while my Russian improve or who will I make friends with? All these worries were quickly resolved. After classes from 10-2 every day and speaking Russian on the street my language quickly improved, especially my listening ability, and I felt much comfortable with pronunciations and speaking then I had after two years of university learning! I really enjoyed my time in the Liden & Denz classes. Initially the idea of speaking Russian through the entire class was daunting but it soon became comfortable and very helpful. I met man ...

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Farewell, Rina!

До свидания Rina! It is sadly time to bid farewell to another one of our great interns. Rina is on her way back to Canada, so I asked her a few questions to find out about her time in Russia, working and studying at Liden & Denz. So, Rina, tell me a little bit about yourself .  Well, my name is Rina, I am 22 years old and I am an University student from Toronto, Canada. I’m studying forensic science and I’ve been interning at Liden & Denz for the past two months. Before coming to Russia, I’ve been studying Russian for about a year, mostly by myself or with the help of an online teacher. Why did you come to Russia and what inspired you to study Russian in the first place? Well, I’ve always been kind of curious about learning Russian. In Toronto, I’d sometimes see these Ukrainian and ...

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New Holland: A Creative Cultural Hub in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is, of course, renowned for housing some of the most marvellous museums, beautiful buildings and majestic monuments in the world. Despite the fact that they are all lovely in their own right, these are not the only things that the city has to offer to visitors and residents alike. Sometimes, it is simply pleasant to do something different all the while relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Thus, if you feel like discovering a lively yet tranquil place, visiting Новая Голландия (New Holland) is a must! A Brief History Historically, New Holland was built in the 18th century and it was traditionally linked with the Admiralty. It was Пётр Великий (Peter the Great) who decided to invite Dutch shipbuilders to the city in order to help build Saint Petersbur ...

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Day Trip to Peterhof

Peterhof is an absolute must see if you’re ever in town. Known as the ‘Russian Versailles’, it was deemed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It makes for a perfect day trip and isn’t far, about 30 kilometres from St Petersburg. We went first to Baltiskiy Station then took a marshrutka directly to Peterhof which took around 45 minutes and cost 70 rubs ( + 45 rub metro fare). The park consists of palaces and gardens commissioned by Peter the Great. Once you get there, you’re immediately taken by the vastness of it. The first thing you see is the garden, fountains and the main palace in the distance. The garden is impeccably kept with perfectly trimmed, square trees that look like something out of Minecraft. This is known as the upper park, which the leads up to the palace. The park co ...

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Showing the family around Moscow!

My parents kept saying they were eager to visit Moscow so they decided to come and join me! My mum had spent two days in Moscow thirty years ago while my dad had never been. I really enjoyed showing them some less touristy areas of Moscow and getting to show off my Russian! Having lived in Moscow for 5 weeks I had a few helpful little tips for my folks. Don’t pay more than 2000 rub to get from Domodedovo to the city centre by taxi! And as my colleague Claire suggested in her post on tour-guiding in St Petersburg its worth brushing up on your local history so you can get the dates of buildings right! Arriving on Monday, tired from a flight, I decided they needed some hearty Georgian food. So, I took them to Sapervai Café near Kitai Gorod station. This restaurant had menus in English for my ...

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