Did you say Fabergé?

Fabergé - Coronation egg

A very Russian institution The St. Petersburg metro is often praised for its beauty but it is also a place full of little stores, nooks and crannies which I found myself looking at yesterday. About everything and anything can be found there from a kitten calendar and the newest Russian romance novels to pens, newspapers and various sized matryoshkas. As I was making my way home, one particular object caught my eye:  a beautiful round egg covered in crystals containing a little reproduction of the Church of the Savior on spilled blood. I had now found the subject of my first post and I made my way home determined to uncover more about these famous eggs. Fabergé eggs are known all over the world for their beauty and – mostly – for the high price private collectors are ready to spend to ...

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Why should (Italian) students learn Russian at L&D

Why should (Italian) students come to learn Russian at L&D? Being already at the end of my second experience at Liden & Denz and having been both at the school of Moscow and St. Petersburg, here is my personal and totally impartial opinion about Russian lessons here. In this article you will find good reasons to come to Liden & Denz to study Russian, which are basically the reasons that convinced me come back the second time. Moreover, there will be a special highlight on why, in my opinion, especially Italian students can make the most of their experience in Russia by coming to Liden & Denz. So, consider this article as good advice if you are still unsure whether this is the right school for you. Learning Russian in a “safe” environment When I first decided to come here I ...

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Greetings from our new Belgian intern

Belgian intern in Saint Petersburg

Здравствуйте! My name is Sarah and I recently finished my Law undergraduate in my home town, Brussels. I will have the pleasure to be an intern at the Liden & Denz Language Centre in St. Petersburg until the end of December which will be a real challenge as it is my first time in Russia and I do not yet speak the language. I have always loved languages and had been wanting to learn Russian for a while as I am very much interested in the Russian culture and history as well as the travel opportunities this language provides and – let’s be honest – because Russian is simply beautiful to listen to! I therefore took the decision to take a full year off before starting my master’s degree to finally jump right in to it and … here I am! My first few days in St. Petersburg have been wonde ...

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Austria meets Russia: I’m Nicole, a new intern in Moscow!

New intern in Moscow

Hello, Servus and Привет!   My name is Nicole, I am a new intern at Liden & Denz Moscow and would like to introduce myself in this article. I’m from Austria and live in a small town, about 20 minutes from Vienna. In the next two months I live in Moscow and will do my part to fill this blog with many interesting, helpful and exciting content. After those two months I’m going back home, but the journey has just begun! First Experiences At the moment I’m a student at the University of Applied Sciences in Burgenland, Austria, where I attend the course International Business Relations. I am now in the next-to-last semester and this internship is part of my studies. Basically, I opted for this college and this professional practical training because I had been interest ...

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Summer in Texas, Winter in Russia

I feel betrayed. Absolutely betrayed. It’s been three whole days in Moscow and I haven’t seen a single bear, a trace of snow or even a bottle of vodka. I flew all the way from Texas… for this?! To be fair, the first time I came to Russia was by accident. Well, as accidentally as you can come to Russia. My alma mater (UT Austin) requires all liberal arts undergrads to study a foreign language – any foreign language – for four semesters. Graduation snuck up on me, and I’d forgotten about the requirement until only two semesters remained on my degree plan! Rather than staying an extra year in Texas, I decided to study abroad. And when else would I ever have an opportunity to study Russian? Despite only studying the language for two semesters before my first stint in Moscow, within weeks I tra ...

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