Learn 60 Russian words in 60 seconds!

Looking to boost your Russian vocabulary quickly? Liden & Denz intern Ryan Gourley will show you 60 cognate words in Russian that you already know. It will be the easiest 60 seconds of learning a new language you’ve ever had!

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The 5 best craft beer bars in St. Petersburg

The craft beer craze has swept across Saint-Petersburg! Liden & Denz Video Blog Intern Ryan Gourley will show you the 5 best craft beer bars in Saint-Petersburg with recommendations on what to order. Watch the video below to find out the best places in the city to quench your thirst!

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Food for Thought: What is Russian Lent?

What is Russian Lent? The Great Fast (Великий Пост) is an extremely important period for Russian Orthodox believers. By abstaining from certain foods and behaviours, they prepare their bodies and minds for Easter (Пасха). As a vegetarian, I think that Lent is a great time to be in Russia – basically every restaurant has a… Continue reading

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What to do on your first day in Russia

Moving to a new country can sometimes be stressful and challenging. This video will help you kickstart your time in Saint-Petersburg, Russia by showing you what to do on your very first day. Watch the video below to find out the best places to buy groceries, school supplies and everything else you’ll need for your… Continue reading

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Guide to Russian Typography. Part 1: Deciphering Cyrillic

Do you ever get confused when you see a new Russian font? Do you think that Russian cursive is impossible to read? Fear not! This video will demystify even the most difficult Russian font styles, brought to you by Liden & Denz intern Ryan Gourley. From serif and sans-serif to handwritten and italic styles, Ryan… Continue reading

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The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Looking to transport yourself back in time? The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines (Музей советских игровых автоматов) has to be one of the most entertaining museums in St. Petersburg! It is less a museum than an actual arcade hall, complete with fully-functioning old game machines (well, almost all of them work – they are Soviet… Continue reading

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5 fun ways to boost your Russian language skills

Learning Russian can be a daunting experience and can sometimes seem downright impossible. Russian grammar is notoriously tricky (the three words ‘verbs of motion’ still fill me with dread!) and it is easy to get disheartened. However, there are plenty of ways to make it fun! 1) Watch a Russian TV show or film This… Continue reading

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The Sphinxes of St. Petersburg

As I was walking home last week, two large stone sphinxes on the banks of the Neva caught my eye. They exuded a sense of mystery and antiquity and I wanted to find out more about these mysterious creatures, as Ancient Egyptian sculptures were not what I expected to see in St. Petersburg! So, could… Continue reading

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