Liden & Denz Russian language blog

04 Aug
2021
Potemkin Villages (Потемкинские деревни): The Story Behind the Russian Idiom Потемкинские деревни, which can be translated as Potemkin villages, is a curious idiom found in Russian, which is also sometimes used in English. It is used to describe a cover up which attempts to make something seem a lot better than it may truly be, ...
02 Aug
2021
The Little-Known History of Kostroma’s Statue of Lenin I study at Durham University, which is twinned with the Russian city of Kostroma, located North-East of Moscow. This connection between the cities has led to me learning a lot about this town and its traditions. For me, one of the most interesting parts of the town ...
02 Aug
2021
The Ural Mountains One of our colleagues here at Liden & Denz just returned from a trip to the Ural mountains (otherwise known as the Urals), one of Russia’s many natural areas of beauty. Hearing about this amazing experience made me want to learn more about this region. Here’s what I found out: Where are ...
30 Jul
2021
Interesting Characters Found in Russian Folklore Reading fairy tales and folklore can tell you a lot about a country and its culture. Russian folklore is full of interesting recurring characters, all with fascinating habits and powers. Here are some of my favourite characters that you will often stumble across when reading Russian folk stories. Nightingale ...
29 Jul
2021
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We are all a product of where we are from: every culture has its own sets of behaviours that we adopt, sometimes without being aware of it. Russia is no different. After three years of learning Russian, socialising with them and spending some time in Russia, I have noticed some typical Russian habits. Sometimes, I like ...
28 Jul
2021
One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Russia was the sheer number of companies offering carsharing services. At first, I wasn’t used to it, but then it became normal for me to see people standing next to a car while holding their mobile phone and within seconds unlocking the vehicle and ...
26 Jul
2021
Expresiones idiomáticas en español y sus variantes rusas ¿Alguna vez te viste en la situación de querer utilizar expresiones idiomáticas del español mientras estás teniendo (o por lo menos intentando tener) una plática en ruso? Pues ya no busques más, porque aquí hay una útil recopilación de algunos modismos u expresiones idiomáticas en español con ...
26 Jul
2021
What Studying Online at a Siberian University Taught Me About Siberia Through a university exchange, I had planned to study at Tomsk State University, in Siberia, for five months. However, like most people planning trips away have found, the pandemic decided that my travel plans were not to be. Instead, I spent this time studying ...