Posts by: Michael Mayberry

28 Mar
2019
The Soviet Union was famous for many things. Its flag, its leaders, its “evil,”  and, of course, its multiki (cartoons). After all, who doesn’t recall lazy Komsomol mornings sprawled out on your stomach with a warm bottle of Буратино (Soviet soda) next to you, eyes glued to the TV, hours melting away like ice cream ...
04 Mar
2019
If you’re like me, you love podcasts. You listen to them on your way to work, at the gym, or even over a cup of tea. Edifying, intellectually engaging, and often humorous, podcasts are not only a great way to optimize your free time, but also a crucial tool to help improve your skills. What ...
25 Sep
2018
Svenja Hill, a Liden & Denz student from Munich, Germany, has a special connection to St. Petersburg. “When you’re with someone for over four years, you start to expect a proposal at some point,” she said. So, while sightseeing and visiting St Petersburg’s many beautiful cathedrals with her partner of over four years, Alexander, a ...
29 Aug
2018
Ленин — гриб. Lenin was a mushroom. Что?? Он был не только грибом, он был еще помимо всего радиоволной. He was not only a mushroom, but he was, furthermore, also a radio wave. When Sergey Kuryokhin, an avant-garde musician posing as a scientist, uttered the above words in an interview with reporter Sergei Sholokhov on live TV on ...
24 Aug
2018
Students of Russian literature sometimes complain about a gender imbalance on their course syllabi — where are the Russian female writers!? To investigate this supposed injustice, I did some research. After googling “best Russian writers,” I found that only one of the first twenty people listed on google’s slide-bar, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, was a woman. On ...
20 Aug
2018
Helene Sand Andresen, Deputy Director for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, knows exactly when to speak up, exactly what to say, and exactly when to listen. Her rich life experience, conversational tact, and contagious good-humor made Helene a gift to the L&D community and our B2 group of students. After a short two weeks, ...
07 Aug
2018
Born August 7, 1955 in the Moscow region, Vladimir Sorokin is an internationally acclaimed Russian writer. When I asked my babushka for recommendations of contemporary Russian writers, he was the first one she mentioned. Biography and Background After graduating Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in 1977 with a degree in engineering, Sorokin was promptly ...
06 Aug
2018
Hello! My name is Michael Mayberry. I’m currently an intern studying Russian at the Liden & Denz Language Center in St. Petersburg. I’m a Russian-American who grew up in Ohio, USA. In my free time, I enjoy reading literature, journaling, translating, watching films, bicycling, listening to music, and dancing. My interest in Russian language and ...