Top 3 Russian Language Slip-ups

Top language slip-ups

It is no secret that learning a foreign language is very challenging. It is also no surprise that the only way to improve is to practise practise practise. Most of the time language-learners will make numerous mistakes while speaking, and while I’d like to be able to say usually they aren’t detrimental to communication, some mistakes are bigger than others and can change the whole meaning of the conversation. We asked some of our interns about their funniest language slip-ups to show that even making mistakes can be fun! LOUIS During my taxi journey from the airport to my accommodation there was an uncomfortable period of silence between my taxi driver and me. The driver opted to break this silence, open the conversation asking “мама есть?”. Having just arrived, my language skills were con ...

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Russia and its fabulous sense of superstition

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Russians are a superstitious bunch: 53% of the Russian population believe strongly in superstitions (according to the Levada Centre, 2013)! However, many foreigners have never even heard of a lot of Russian superstitions. During my time in Russia I have noticed several peculiar customs that have turned out to be connected to Russian superstitions, so here’s a list of the most important ones to be aware of! Leaving the house In Russia, many superstitions are connected with leaving the house. One very important example is sitting down for a moment before setting off on a trip. It is very normal in Russia to sit in the hallway for up to a minute, with all of your luggage, to ensure a successful trip (or rather to avoid a disastrous one!). Even if only one person is leaving, the whole fa ...

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Russian Stereotypes: Times Russia out-Russia-ed herself

The stereotypes of Ladas being a multi-purpose vehicle are, well, largely true...

Russia truly is a wonderful country. It has a fascinating history, a rich language, and is a cultural powerhouse that has greatly contributed to world culture. However, Russia has also acquired some stereotypes over the years for being a country where certain situations only ever seem to happen in Russia. Anyone remember that viral video of a bear riding in a motorbike side-car? What about that time when a stout Russian babushka pushed a would-be armed robber out of a shop, whilst shoppers carried on as if nothing had happened? Things that are just so bizarre and hilarious to us, yet only merit a mere shrug here in Russia, are really beyond words. Simply put; это Россия. The funny thing is, stereotypes, whilst obviously exaggerated, often find their roots in some sort of truth. When you co ...

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Hello everyone from Lucrezia, a new Italian intern!

Добрый день всем! My name is Lucrezia and I will be an intern at Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg for six weeks. Believe it or not I’m so excited about it! I’m a 22-year-old Italian girl and I live in the North of the country, in Milan and I study Languages and International Relations at Università Cattolica. At this point you can easily understand that I am very much into languages and cultures, right? What do I think about Russian? Being honest the myself-Russian connection has had many ups and downs, it’s basically a fascinating love and hate relationship, but I have to admit that my life wouldn’t be the same without the mighty Russian language. This is not my first time here in Russia, I’ve already been to Moscow with my parents during a family trip four years ago and last year I c ...

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Liden & Denz has its Eaquals accreditation renewed.

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We are proud to share this exciting news! Liden & Denz Saint-Petersburg and Moscow were inspected by Eaquals in May 2018 and met the high standards required for Eaquals accreditation. The teaching, the course programmes, as well as the course organisation, the learning resources, testing and evaluation were all judged to be of high quality. It was found that the institution takes great care to protect the welfare of its clients and staff, and all publicity materials produced by the institution are accurate and truthful. The Inspectors identified points of excellence in the following categories: Client Services Client Services are excellent because the provision of accommodation is excellent in every aspect. Students are well informed by the pre-course information and from the instituti ...

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