Russians and the Russian language in Latvia

As you may have heard, Liden & Denz is opening a new Russian language centre in Riga, Latvia. In all three Baltic States, Russian is to some extent spoken by people without any ethnic connection with Russia, as a result of the Soviet occupation, during which citizens of these countries were forced to learn Russian. But the fact is that there are also many ethnic Russians living in the Baltic States, and Latvia has the highest percentage out of the three countries – approximately a third of the population consists of Russians. Furthermore, Riga is one of the places in Latvia where the amount of people with Russian heritage is particularly high. The large Russian minority in Latvia first began to develop about 300 years ago, when hundreds of Old Believers settled there because of t ...

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Meet Liden & Denz: Nikolaus Graf Vitzthum

  Meet Liden & Denz: Nikolaus Graf Vitzthum Why did you decide to start learning Russian? Russian offers me new job opportunities. I started learning Russian three years ago in Germany. Now I will be sent to Moscow to work as an economic attaché at the German embassy. Do you find learning Russian difficult? Which part of it is the easiest and which is the most challenging? I do find it challenging. To me, the most difficult part of Russian is the proper use of verbs. I am a native German speaker and I also speak English and French. From these languages, the Russian verb system differs quite significantly. The easiest part was learning the alphabet. German loan words also make things easier. Some people would say that Russian is an exotic language. Would you agree with this stateme ...

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Met at Liden & Denz: Nerelle Constance Poroch

Nerelle Constance Poroch is an Australian, working as Researcher of Aboriginal People in Canberra. Here is her story: How did you come up with idea to learn Russian and why in Russia?  Nothing connected to my profession, I started because my late husband was Ukrainian and we studied Russian together at university. I left university majoring in Russian.  When I was doing my PHD in the 90’s I decided to resurrect my interest in Russian. A lot of people consider learning Russian a challenge. Regarding your personal experience, do you agree? Do I consider Russian a challenge? Absolutely. What do you find easy or difficult about learning Russian? I don’t think any of it is easy. I would say it is hard to get enough speaking practice. The language is very challenging and you need to enjoy the la ...

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Liden & Denz to open in Latvia

Russian language school Liden & Denz has announced its first expansion overseas, with a centre set to open in the Latvian capital of Riga in January 2014. STM Study Travel Magazine, June 2013

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Liden & Denz to open in Riga, Latvia

“Successful private Russian language teaching organisation, Liden & Denz Language Centre, is to open its third language centre, this time in Riga, Latvia; an EU member state.” The Pie News, June 2013

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