[Covid-19]: Liden & Denz switches to distance learning

До свидания, Liden and Denz!

17 September, 2019

It is now time to tell you that with great sadness, my time both at Liden and Denz and in St Petersburg as a whole have come to a close. This is my final week. I fly back to London on the 3rd of September in preparation to start my 4th year of university, and I have some reflections to share on my experience. For me, this ending is not only that of a few months studying Russian language and writing for the blog here, but of my past year as a resident of this city!

 

As a whole, I now feel totally in a period of transition and change; I am both happy and sad to leave, excited about what is to come and regretful of all the things I did not get the chance to do here, proud of my progress with Russian language but ready to push myself further. My language ability has improved tenfold since my arrival – in September, despite having studied Russian before, the gaps in my knowledge left me an essential mute in most social situations that existed outside of English. Now, I can order in restaurant or chat with friends without anxiety (most of the time), and additional to that I have found a home in St Petersburg that I didn’t truly expect to feel anywhere other than my university city, London. I have made some incredible friends along the way, and travelled more broadly than I ever have in my life.

 

Liden and Denz has been the perfect way to finish my experience here- writing blog posts about Russian language and culture has made me realise how much I have experienced here in Russia. The language lessons have pushed my learning capability to the point where I can comfortably study at a B1 level, which felt crazily out of my depth less than six months ago. Ultimately, this goodbye is sad but not permanent – I know I will be coming back to this part of the world not too far in the future. I hope you have enjoyed reading along with me over these past few months! See you, and good luck!

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