Posts by: Thomas Reid

11 Mar
2019
When I studied in St Petersburg last year, I decided to stay with a host-family, or homestay. I had done the same when I studied in Yaroslavl, so I had an idea of what to expect. Nonetheless, it was still a daunting prospect. I was still apprehensive about a few things; would I get on ...
29 Aug
2018
If there is one Russian music group that dares to push the bounds of social propriety, it is Leningrad. Founded in 1997 by Sergey Shnurov, they’ve been winding up the political elites of Russia since then. The former Mayor of Moscow even banned them playing in the city for a while. Their reputation, or perhaps ...
23 Aug
2018
If I had a rouble for every time I made mistakes that led to cringing embarrassment of epic, Bridget Jones’ proportion, I’d probably be able to buy all the snacks from the Liden & Denz vending machine. There are just so many funny, and altogether common mistakes we all make when learning Russian. Such is ...
21 Aug
2018
Russia truly is a wonderful country. It has a fascinating history, a rich language, and is a cultural powerhouse that has greatly contributed to world culture. However, Russia has also acquired some stereotypes over the years for being a country where certain situations only ever seem to happen in Russia. Anyone remember that viral video ...
20 Aug
2018
St Petersburg and Moscow are the two cities that most foreign tourists will go to when they visit Russia. Most often the case, they may be the only cities that tourists visit. But of course, there is more to Russia than Moscow or Petersburg. Each of the “provincial” cities have their own character, dialect, traditions ...
09 Aug
2018
In St Petersburg, many of the former homes of famous writers of Russian literature have been preserved and are now open to visit. These small museums are often made up of at least two apartments. The first apartment usually houses the writer’s biographical details and the development of the writer’s literature and prose. Here, display ...
06 Aug
2018
When you start learning Russian, it can be a bit daunting to even consider watching Russian films. However, I personally think that watching films in a foreign language is a really useful learning tool. First of all, you tune your ear into Russian. You pick up on words and expressions, thus you build on your ...