Five Russian Films You Need to Watch

Film poster "Stilyagi"

When you start learning Russian, it can be a bit daunting to even consider watching Russian films. However, I personally think that watching films in a foreign language is a really useful learning tool. First of all, you tune your ear into Russian. You pick up on words and expressions, thus you build on your… Continue reading

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Soviet soundtrack – best songs from Soviet films

soviet film and music

Popular music and Soviet film What kind of music do people usually listen to? Of course, Tchaikovski’s and Shostakovich’s works define Russian high culture, but it is unlikely you work out to Swan Lake (except if you’re a ballerina), and you’ll hear Viktor Tsoy’s Кукушка a lot more often in the repertoir of street musicians.… Continue reading

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Actors Who were Learning Russian for Roles and Just Because

Actors learning Russian

After studying Japanese at university, I can say that Russian isn’t the hardest language to learn but it certainly isn’t the easiest either. While French and Spanish are easy for English learners, learning Russian lies somewhere in the middle as a language of medium difficulty.    What makes learning Russian so complicated? There are 6… Continue reading

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Do Russians speak with regional Russian Accents?

How many Russian accents do you recognize while speaking Russian?

Have you ever heard of different Russian accents? In the UK, where I’m from, accents are a big deal. Regional accents can vary hugely across distances of just a few miles, and accents are often used (however unfairly) as a basis for judgements about a person’s background, class or education. So, when I began learning… Continue reading

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Phrases for the perfect stay in a host family

I’m writing about this topic because a lot of students studying at Liden & Denz stay with a host family. With the help of these phrases you’ll have a pleasant stay in Russia and they will definitely help to improve your relationship with your host parents. One of my colleagues at Liden & Denz also… Continue reading

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