Что такое бабье лето? – What does бабье лето mean?

Бабье лето - Moscow

The first three days I spent in Moscow were cold, windy and cloudy. It seemed autumn was already here. Then, on September 13th at 10am it stopped raining and the sun suddenly came out. The teacher in class told us бабье лето had just started. А что такое бабье лето (what does бабье лето mean)? It literally means “old women’s… Continue reading

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When a bird beats time: Russian cuckoo clocks

Something I really like about classes here at Liden & Denz is that you do not only learn grammar and things strictly connected to the Russian language, but you also get in touch with the real culture of this fascinating country. For example, today during our conversation class, I found out that there is a… Continue reading

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Yay, finally! Back to School – День Знаний

back to school

Yayyy, finally! Nooo, not again! It’s this day of the year again when opinions tend to differ sharply in Russia and the rest of the world – День Знаний (“Knowledge Day” – 1st of September)! As especially the children, who begin their first year in school, look forward to finally beginning in school, I dare… Continue reading

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How an Avant-Garde Musician Convinced the Russian Public that Lenin was a Mushroom

Lenin Mushroom

Ленин — гриб. Lenin was a mushroom. Что?? Он был не только грибом, он был еще помимо всего радиоволной. He was not only a mushroom, but he was, furthermore, also a radio wave. When Sergey Kuryokhin, an avant-garde musician posing as a scientist, uttered the above words in an interview with reporter Sergei Sholokhov on live TV on… Continue reading

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Leningrad – The Russian rock band that holds nothing back

Leningrad live

If there is one Russian music group that dares to push the bounds of social propriety, it is Leningrad. Founded in 1997 by Sergey Shnurov, they’ve been winding up the political elites of Russia since then. The former Mayor of Moscow even banned them playing in the city for a while. Their reputation, or perhaps… Continue reading

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