Cat Craze in St. Petersburg

Cat Craze in St. Petersburg With the “International Day of St. Petersburg’s Cats” (Всемирный день петербургских котов) coming up this weekend, I decided to let my inner crazy-cat-lady go wild for a week. Without further ado, here are my findings of the lengthy investigation about pretty much everything feline-related in this cat-crazed city. Why is it impossible to walk a single block in Petersburg without spotting scarves, umbrellas, backpacks, and entire souvenir shops dedicated to cats, you may ask? Well, let me enlighten you with some (p)awesome history about St. Pete’s favorite pet: Empress Elizabeth was the first to introduce the domestic animals to the city, with a very specific purpose in mind: The cats would guard the large winter palace of rodents — a job, ...

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7 Tips for Learning New Vocabulary

Learning new vocabulary can seem like a daunting task – you can spend a day practising a word only to forget it the next! However, there are ways to make memorising vocabulary a little bit easier and a lot less frustrating, so read on to discover the best methods in learning tricky new words.   1) Read as much as you can Reading is a crucial way to expand your vocabulary and learn the context of words. Pick up a newspaper each day and keep up to date with current events, or choose a topic you’re interested in and look online for related articles. Reading frequently keeps your brain thinking in your target language, and provides you with real-life, relevant vocabulary.   2) Construct sentences Rather than just learning random new words, make a sentence using them! They’re no longe ...

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A Curated Guide to Russian Phonology

Do you ever have trouble pronouncing Russian words? This video will demystify some of the most difficult sounds in the Russian language and show you around the phonological soundscape of the Russian language. Brought to you by Liden & Denz intern Ryan Gourley. Let us know in the comments what the hardest sounds are for you to pronounce!

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Peter the Great: A Life in Art

June 9th marks the 345th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great. Here we review the life of one of Russia’s most famous monarchs through of one his greatest legacies; art Advancing the arts was one of the many great innovations which Peter the Great brought to Russia. Prior to his reign, the only artworks produced in Russia were religious crafts and indigenous customs such as icon painting and local lubok prints. Following his travels to the West, however, Peter founded the first prototype art academies in Russia, which his daughter and successor – Elizabeth the First and Catherine the Great respectively – would capitalise on during their reigns, exploiting the power of  art as a powerful tool in cultural diplomacy. In doing so they inaugurated the great collections ...

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Immersive Russian at the Pochta Rossii

You’ve had a great time in Russia, but now your luggage can’t hold all your souvenirs. Not to worry! Liden & Denz intern Ryan Gourley will take you through the process of sending a package back to your home country using the Russian Postal Service.

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