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… Continue reading

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Studying Russian Language – How to Learn

Russisch Lernen

7 things to consider before you start studying Russian There are plenty of good reasons why you should start learning Russian as a foreign language. With a total number of 277 million Russian speakers, it is considered the world’s 5th most commonly spoken language. You might find it interesting to hear that only about one… Continue reading

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Jan Fabre’s Exhibition – Knight of Despair / Warrior of Beauty

Jan Fabre's Ausstellung

The Hermitage has opened its doors to one of the most famous and most discussed artists of the modern art scene: Jan Fabre. His exhibition ‘Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty’ features a multifaceted collection of more than 200 artworks, ranging from pencil sketches to a woman’s dress, made out of beetles.  The exhibition spreads over… Continue reading

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15 Falsche Freunde Russisch-Deutsch – Warum Russen immer “Ja” sagen

Falsche Freunde Russisch-Deutsch

Die russische Sprache umfasst Schätzungen zufolge circa 500.000 Wörter. Dazu zählen auch Lehnwörter aus anderen Sprachen, wie zum Beispiel ресторан (restaran) aus dem Französischen oder ландшафт (landschaft) aus dem Deutschen. Doch aufgepasst, manchmal sehen sich Russische und deutsche Wörter zum Verwechseln ähnlich oder klingen fast gleich, haben jedoch unterschiedliche Bedeutungen. In der Linguistik bezeichnet man solche… Continue reading

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March 8th – Celebrating Women’s Day in Russia

March 8th - Celebrating Women's Day in Russia

Every year on March 8th Russian women become the center of attention. This day is reserved for Russian men to pamper their wife, girlfriend, mother, sisters and favorite female co-workers with flowers, little presents or just an extra bit of attention. In a way, Women’s Day in Russia is like a mixture between Valentine’s and… Continue reading

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Taking pen friendship to the next level: How I study Russian with Whatsapp

How to study Russian with Whatsapp

During my stay in St.Petersburg I was learning so many new words and phrases in Russian and started to think of ways to use them in everyday life. But with whom should I speak? I didn’t know anyone in Saint Petersburg and throughout the week I was usually very busy. As I took out my… Continue reading

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5 Most Important Facts about Defender of the Fatherland Day

Defender of the Fatherland Day

Have you ever heard about Defender of the Fatherland Day? Or as it is called in Russian День защитника Отечества (Den’ zaschtschitnika Otschestva)? If not- Don’t worry. I have gathered the most important information for you in the list below. Do not miss this chance to expand your knowledge of Russian culture and history! What… Continue reading

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Prepare your Tummies: Celebrating Maslenitsa 2017

The Russian holiday Maslenitsa (Масленица), also called ‘Butterweek’, is taking place from 20th-26th of February this year. If you have not heard of Maslenitsa before, you might want to think of it as the Eastern Slavic version of Carnival. Similarly to Carnival it marks the last week before the beginning of the great lent. While… Continue reading

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