Posts By: Ellie

22 Nov
2016
Reading in Russian: Where to Start In today’s classes, the topic of reading in Russian came up. Most teachers would agree that reading is the best way to consolidate the grammar and vocab that you’ve learnt, but this shouldn’t be restricted to reading texts and hand-outs from your teachers. To get a real feel for ...
21 Nov
2016
Doctor, Doctor: A Take on Russian Healthcare A topic that has come up in conversation a lot for me in the last week is healthcare in Russia and, in particular, the use of antibiotics. This is rather coincidental, as when I went to do some research on it over the weekend, I found out that last week ...
17 Nov
2016
Review: Bao + Bar, Moscow This autumn, Bao + Bar opened on Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street in Moscow. Serving up what it describes on its Facebook page as “Asian street food”, I had to give it a try, and so last month a classmate of mine joined me for a bite to eat. Now, some Asian food ...
16 Nov
2016
Case Study: Order, Order! Recently in Russian class, I was going through the case declensions of a particularly tricky noun and my teacher stared at me as if I was mad. “You don’t know the order of the cases… and you’re in B2?!” she said. Well of course I do know. I know the order ...
15 Nov
2016
Vladimir the Great, Monument to a Russian Hero… or is it? A recent addition to the centre of Moscow has been turning heads. From its very conception over two years ago to its unveiling on 4th November 2016, the monument to Vladimir the Great (Владимир Святославич/Владимир Великий) has been a point of heated discussion. The ...
10 Nov
2016
National Fashions: Festive Dress Exhibition Festive dress depicts a culture like nothing else! Some of my best afternoons in Moscow involve happening upon an exhibition that is right up my alley when I least expect it. On a recent visit to the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 (Музей Отечественной войны 1812 г.), a ...
08 Nov
2016
Feeling Festive: Moscow’s Seasonal Skating Rinks So the snow is here to stay (along with the rain and sleet and whatever else was going on yesterday evening) and for me, a girl from a city that didn’t have a single snowflake last winter, that means getting ready for Christmas or, if you will be spending ...
03 Nov
2016
Grunt and Squeak and Squawk with the Animals There are always some vocab lists that get neglected, and it isn’t until you really need a word that you realize you just don’t know it! One of those lists for me was animal vocab. Despite being an animal lover, many words slipped under my Russian radar ...
01 Nov
2016
Ice Ice Baby: How Not to Slip So the snow has begun to fall in Moscow and although that may bring pretty landscapes and much frolicking, it also brings treachery… especially at the moment, when the layer of snow is thin and prone to melting and refreezing whilst the temperatures fluctuate about zero. On the one ...
27 Oct
2016
Live Stream to Moscow I may be harping on a bit about the theatre scene in Moscow, but bear with me whilst I quickly tell you about something important for all theatre freaks in the Russian capital: you can enjoy the best of theatre, ballet and opera from around the world (and from Britain in ...