Liden & Denz Russian language blog

16 Oct
2020
If you listen to the Red Army Choir’s performance of the State Anthem of the Russian Federation (Государственный гимн Российской Федерации) on YouTube and scroll down to the comments, you’ll find it has tonnes of foreign admirers, some of whom testify that this powerful composition is able to rouse emotion even in people who have ...
15 Oct
2020
Russian mythology has various underwater characters: the vodyanoy (водяной) is the male water spirit, and the rusalka (русалка) his female counterpart. As you may have already guessed, the vodyanoy marries the rusalka, and they live happily ever after. Only in reality it isn’t that simple… The vodyanoy The vodyanoy is believed to dwell in a ...
13 Oct
2020
New intern Olivia: Freshly arrived and very happy! I’m Olivia, a third year student of German and Russian at Cambridge University, UK. This year I’m on my year abroad, so I spent the past three months working in Berlin, and have now arrived in Moscow to intern and study Russian at the Liden & Denz ...
22 Sep
2020
The Altai Republic is one of Russia’s hidden treasures. It is situated in Siberia in the Altai Mountains and borders Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The republic is known for its incredible landscape consisting of bodies of water winding through mountain ranges. And although the landscape is reason enough to visit this Siberian gem, that’s not all ...
21 Sep
2020
Land of great contrasts, Russia stands before the eyes of us foreigners as an obscure, elusive land. Few among those who were not born there – and perhaps not even those who are, – can say to have fully understood it. Proof of this is also its extremely heterogeneous cultural heritage, which through its literature, ...
15 Sep
2020
Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” while in Russia to hopefully avoid any awkward encounters.  Number of Flowers in a Bouquet Last year, while I was in St. Petersburg, I went to buy flowers for my teacher on my last day. Not knowing that even number bouquets are reserved for funerals, I bought a bouquet ...
05 Sep
2020
Moscow is home to many great architectural styles from old to modern, extraordinary, phenomenal and much more. The Russian capital offers many buildings which are definitely worth seeing. Keep on reading to find out more about some unusual buildings that stand out from the crowd. Why not discover them on your next trip there?   ...
28 Aug
2020
A summer like no other! Now it is time to say goodbye. 2020 has certainly been a rollercoaster for everyone. That said, I want to focus on the good things! Though stuck in Sweden with no option to travel, I was able to attend 3 months of Russian online courses at Liden & Denz via ...