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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A small dictionary of going to the barbers in St Petersburg

For a gentleman, straying away from your regular barber can be a pretty harrowing experience. It feels like cheating on your life-long companion. There’s also always that worry about trying something new with somebody else. Will they know what you like? Will they be experienced? When I left England to come to Russia I had no choice… Continue reading

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4 Skills of a Language and how to improve them

The four main aspects of every language are: Speaking Listening Reading Writing It makes a major difference when learning languages, if you’re at least familiar with the alphabet and don’t have to learn it from scratch. You may be asking which of these 4 language skills is the hardest to master? Well, studies show that… Continue reading

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On a date with Russian proverbs

Here we go again with some nice figures of speech translated from Russian into English. This time we’re doing it in a slightly different way! This topic is all about a conversation with your colleague or friend at a restaurant, exchanging funny phrases which are fitting to the current situation. Every phrase can be used… Continue reading

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Loanwords: how Russian reflects European influence

Not only people travel, also words do! When a word is adopted from one language and incorporated into another language without translation it is called loanword. Loanwords are used every day: people are so accustomed to them that they don’t even realise that they are using a foreign word. Loanwords of course can be found in Russian, as in every other… Continue reading

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