Liden & Denz Russian language blog

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 ...
24 Jul
2020
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After several stays in Russia, and working as an Italian teacher in St. Petersburg, I realized that the cultural link between the two countries is actually quite strong. During my various visits, I naturally met a lot of people who like me went to Russia to learn the language. However, I also met many Russians ...
20 Jul
2020
Very little is spoken of them, and usually, in unflattering terms – the Siberian tattoos, with a long history of tradition, are often associated with prison and crime. In reality, however, this view paints a rather unfair and inaccurate picture of a well-established Siberian custom. In this article, we will try to unravel the false ...
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 ...
15 Jul
2020
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Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia dating back to the year 903. The city used to sit on the border between Russia and Estonia before Russia took full control of the land; reminiscents of its rich history are still scattered throughout the province. And located just SW of St. Petersburg, on the ...
14 Jul
2020
I sat down with Martin from Germany who has spent the past 3 years studying Russian on and off. He has recently passed the TRKI-2 and will tell us about his experience as a student and life in St. Petersburg. Why did you decide to learn Russian? I was always interested in the culture, and ...
10 Jul
2020
Why do you study Russian? To those who ask me, I always give the same answer: it’s hard not to be fascinated by this country’s culture and history, which for a Westerner such as myself feels at the same time both curiously familiar and wonderfully other. This is similarly the case for Gian Piero Pirretto, ...