Category Archives: Learning Russian

23 Feb
2021
Всем привет! My name is Anna and I’m a third year student at the University of Bristol in the UK. I’m studying for a degree in French and Russian, and as part of my studies I have the chance to do a year abroad. I have spent the past five months in Paris working in ...
29 Jan
2021
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Here at Liden & Denz, our students usually come from all over the world, with current native tongues consisting of German, Slovak, Serbian, German, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, and many more. Needless to say, everyone mixes up their languages every so often, sometimes with quite humourous results! Here are some examples of vocab mix-ups from current ...
26 Jan
2021
So you’ve made the great decision to study at Liden & Denz, but there’s still one final choice to make: which location? Although we have two amazing schools in Irkutsk and Riga, the choice often falls between Moscow and St Petersburg. Having just completed two weeks back-to-back in both schools, I’ve gathered some info that ...
01 Dec
2020
A verb and its 11 variants Слушать means ‘to listen’ and is always followed by the accusative case.  Слушаю музыку. I’m listening to music. Он слушает друга. He’s listening to his friend talking. Ты меня никогда не слушаешь! You never listen to me! Straightforward enough. But did you know that there are eleven more forms ...
25 Nov
2020
Russian translations of your favourite English idioms Have you ever found yourself missing being able to use English idioms whilst speaking Russian? Suffer no further, because I’ve compiled a handy list of Russian translations for some of the most popular English idioms: Цыплят по осени считают This is the equivalent of ‘don’t count your chickens ...
23 Oct
2020
Guide: adding a Russian keyboard to your phone or laptop This article will provide info on how to install the Cyrillic (Russian) keyboard on your device. I’ve included instructions for both iPhone and Android users (no discrimination here!) as well as for Windows and Mac. Just scroll down to find the relevant section for you.  ...
22 Oct
2020
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Why Russian verbs of motion are so worth it Learning Russian often seems like an impossible task when you first start. Every noun and adjective declines in six different ways, and the alphabet is full of confusing letters which, look like ‘H’ but sound like ‘N’, for example. Not to mention the fact that you’re ...
27 Aug
2020
Vocabulary do not say anything about how well you can construct a sentence, but it is of course essential if you want to understand what people say. You can also make yourself understood, even if you put the words together in the wrong way. Contexts can make up for bad grammar! So how do many ...
21 Aug
2020
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One day last year, my Russian class watched a short clip from a TV show and discussed it afterwards. I did not think much of the show back then, but this summer, I have been looking up the show on Youtube watching many episodes. I enjoy it a lot! Why do I enjoy it more ...
29 Jul
2020
English is the language of globalisation, and it would be hard to find a language that is not affected by English in some way. Russian is no exception. While in the past, European languages like German, Italian and French have had a great deal of influence, it is clear that English now dominates the new “import” ...