Posts by: Nick Nguyen

29 Jul
2020
English is the language of globalisation, and it would be hard to find a language that is not affected by English in some way. Russian is no exception. While in the past, European languages like German, Italian and French have had a great deal of influence, it is clear that English now dominates the new “import” ...
27 Jul
2020
Under the Soviet Union, most people with tattoos have one thing in common: membership in criminal gangs. The tattoo system among them is quite complicated. The type of tattoo traced back to their place of imprisonment or their status in these organisations. Underground tattoo culture took on a life of its own, beyond simply art. So ...
16 Jul
2020
To learn out about life in Russia, why not talk to the people who know it best? So here is the second of our series Interview with Russian students. You can read the first interview with Maria here. This time, we talked to Natasha, who has lived her whole life in Saint Petersburg. 1 What do ...
08 Jul
2020
To learn out about life in Russia, why not talk to the people who know it best? So here is the first of a series called Interview with Russian students. We will start with Maria, who lives in Saint Petersburg. 1 What do you study and at which university? I’m studying at Baltic State Technical ...
03 Jul
2020
People who interested in Russia and the former Soviet Union have likely seen the classic Soviet-era films already, but I notice that fewer have seen newer, modern Russian films. Classic films are classics for a reason but don’t forget that the Russian film industry has not gone away, it is here and very much alive! ...
25 Jun
2020
Years ago when deciding which language to learn, one factor that made me choose Russian was how useful it was: Russian can be used in surprisingly many countries outside Russia. For those who like travelling, this means multiplying possibilities.  Now, Russian is of course not the only “multinational” language, but its uniformity is a big ...
19 Jun
2020
Found yourself in Russia for a while? Time to get familiar with social media in Russia then! However, keep in mind that Google is not as useful as their Russian counterpart, and some have never heard of LinkedIn. How does the Russian social media landscape look like? Here is a guide to what (and how) ...
10 Jun
2020
Everything is upside down and nothing is the same. Such is the fact of life at this time. But we can try to make the best of it. For me, this means to keep improving my Russian. Times like these force us to adapt and Liden & Denz has brought all their lessons online, so ...
23 Jan
2020
Now that I have been in Moscow for almost 3 months, I think it’s time to look back and reflect on it. Those who have never been to Moscow or have only been here for a few days as tourists may find these interesting and useful. What surprised me most about Russians may also apply ...
27 Aug
2019
Three months have gone by, and it is now time to conclude my stay in Moscow! This is my first time in Russia. Exactly one year ago, I began studying Russian and am happy that things have turned out so well. One year ago I was sitting in the library to learn the Cyrillic alphabet. ...