Navigating Russian Streets

Moscow Street Signs

What do all these abbreviations mean? If you have never studied Russian before, there will be many things to learn upon your arrival.  Even if you have an elementary knowledge of the language, the addresses may still be confusing.  Unlike some countries in the west, Russian addresses place the name of the street before the… Continue reading


Applying for a Russian Student Visa: What Not to Do

Russia Student Visa

The Visa Process is Not to Be Rushed I, as I am sure many of you are, was incredibly eager to start my studies in Moscow. When applying to Liden & Denz I was informed that student visas take a minimum of five weeks to be processed; I wanted to start in four. Nevertheless, I… Continue reading


Studying Russian- Tips

Learning a language

Studying Russian- Tips I started studying Russian at school when I was about 14, although I use the word ‘studying’ loosely. In reality it was sitting in a classroom staring into space while a teacher attempted to communicate with us in unintelligible sounds- which I now assume were the Russian language. It wasn’t until I… Continue reading


Alternatives to Google Translate

Abbyy Lingvo

Chances are that, as a language student, you barely go a day without Google translate… Yes, of course its free and extremely convenient, but there are huge downsides –the inaccuracy, (to my eternal amusement, its unable to distinguish between declensions of the words ‘shower’ and ‘soul’ – душ and душа respectively). The dependence on wifi means Google… Continue reading


Foreigncy: The Best Online Learning Resource


One of the hardest parts of learning Russian is maintaining focus in your self-study outside of the classroom. Its not just a question of motivation, but also finding practical tools – after all, there are only so many hours you can spend writing up flashcards before you decide that monolingualism might just be your thing. Enter the… Continue reading