Russian Internship: My Story

Russian Internship: My Story

My name is Regina, I am 26 years old and live in Germany. I grew up in a small village which is so small, that every citizen knows each other, but hardly anyone from outside has ever heard its name. Admittedly for some time I have been living in the wonderful city of Düsseldorf in the west of Germany. I studied Technical Management and Marketing, which I graduated with a Bachelor of Science diploma. I’ve been in Moscow for a few days now and may blog for you about this extraordinary city as well as about the multifaceted Russia. Maybe I can inspire you for one or the other sight or tell you some interesting facts about Russia or Moscow that you didn’t know before? But why did I decide to do an internship in Russia at all? First and foremost, I made the decision because I have m ...

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Russian etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Russia

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Russian society is marked by ancient traditions and habits. They are very cultural and so they easily recognize other cultures by their behavior. Sometimes these other behaviors may even be considered offensive to Russian citizens. So you should know about the table manners, Russian gestures and traditions, if you want to experience a stay without any embarrassment in Russia. In my following blogpost I have collected some Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Russia. First, we start with the Do’s! Bring gifts for your Russian Hosts When you get invited in a Russian household, always bring a little present with you in return, otherwise this is considered as rude. It doesn’t matter what it is, this can be flowers, a bottle of wine or a cake – just don’t show up em ...

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Soviet Multiki: The Charming, the Classic, and the Bizarre

The Soviet Union was famous for many things. Its flag, its leaders, its “evil,”  and, of course, its multiki (cartoons). After all, who doesn’t recall lazy Komsomol mornings sprawled out on your stomach with a warm bottle of Буратино (Soviet soda) next to you, eyes glued to the TV, hours melting away like ice cream in summer? And indeed, a lot of quality cartoons come from the Soviet Union. Whether you’re interested in something more classic stuff, like the fluffy Cheburashka, something absolutely charming, like The Giant Ear saving a little bat, or something more bizarre, like a phantasmagoric space adventure or a surreal fairytale, I’ve got you covered.  The Charming Малыш и Карлсон, который живет на крыше  (Karlsson-on-the-Roof), SoyuzMultFilm, 1968 and 1970 This one’s charming and clas ...

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Learning Russian for absolute beginners

So, you have just decided to learn Russian and look for a helping hand? Congratulations, stop searching – you’ve landed on the right page! This blog is for all who have just started learning Russian or have decided to start learning this interesting and mysterious language. My aim is to provide absolute beginners with the best methods and guidelines to make learning Russian as smooth as possible. Plus, at the end you will find good reasons and motivation to stay on track! Alphabet The first objective in learning Russian is to learn the Cyrillic alphabet – otherwise it might be rather challenging to carry on. Although it has 33 letters, I promise you, it is not as difficult as it seems to be. On the internet you will find plenty of different websites where you can easily learn the alp ...

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Places for Lovers of Art in Moscow

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Russia’s contribution to art across time has been nothing short of legendary.  This article will walk you through some of the must-sees in Moscow. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Opened over a century ago, the Pushkin museum holds one of the city’s most impressive art collections. It includes works by Matisse, Picasso, Rembrandt, Monet and many other masters. Additionally, the museum holds a large collection of ancient art and hosts many seasonal exhibitions. Not visiting the museum while in Moscow is almost a sin. The old and new Tretyakov Galleries The history of the old Tretyakov Gallery’s collection started in XIX century Moscow. It began as the passion project of the wealthy merchant Pavel Tretyakov. Before dying, Tretyakov merged his art collection with his brother’s and dona ...

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