Category Archives: Russian culture

21 Sep
2020
Land of great contrasts, Russia stands before the eyes of us foreigners as an obscure, elusive land. Few among those who were not born there – and perhaps not even those who are, – can say to have fully understood it. Proof of this is also its extremely heterogeneous cultural heritage, which through its literature, ...
15 Sep
2020
Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” while in Russia to hopefully avoid any awkward encounters.  Number of Flowers in a Bouquet Last year, while I was in St. Petersburg, I went to buy flowers for my teacher on my last day. Not knowing that even number bouquets are reserved for funerals, I bought a bouquet ...
20 Jul
2020
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Very little is spoken of them, and usually, in unflattering terms – the Siberian tattoos, with a long history of tradition, are often associated with prison and crime. In reality, however, this view paints a rather unfair and inaccurate picture of a well-established Siberian custom. In this article, we will try to unravel the false ...
10 Jul
2020
Why do you study Russian? To those who ask me, I always give the same answer: it’s hard not to be fascinated by this country’s culture and history, which for a Westerner such as myself feels at the same time both curiously familiar and wonderfully other. This is similarly the case for Gian Piero Pirretto, ...
25 Jun
2020
Years ago when deciding which language to learn, one factor that made me choose Russian was how useful it was: Russian can be used in surprisingly many countries outside Russia. For those who like travelling, this means multiplying possibilities.  Now, Russian is of course not the only “multinational” language, but its uniformity is a big ...
19 Jun
2020
Found yourself in Russia for a while? Time to get familiar with social media in Russia then! However, keep in mind that Google is not as useful as their Russian counterpart, and some have never heard of LinkedIn. How does the Russian social media landscape look like? Here is a guide to what (and how) ...
08 Jun
2020
Around 280 million people in the world speak Russian, which is very likely to be one of the reasons why also you decided to try to learn it. However, this number doesn’t include the people speaking dialects, nor all the derivative Slavic languages which are easily learnable once you acquired the basics of Russian. Therefore, ...
02 Jun
2020
Russian poet, English essayist and American citizen, Brodsky was born 80 years ago in St. Petersburg before living a unique life and leaving an important influence in international literature. CHILDHOOD Brodsky was born on the 24th of Mai 1987 in Leningrad, in a Russian family. During The Siege of Leningrad, Brodsky and his family will endure ...
02 May
2020
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This Russian quote refers to Pushkin’s probably most productive time of his life, which is also the time he spent in quarantine when cholera broke out in Russia in 1830. To give us a little bit of motivation during this strange period, let’s look at which wonders Russian discipline and creativity brought to life during ...
25 Apr
2020
Not many places in the world are as rich in History and culture as St. Petersburg is. If we all can’t wait to go back to one of its many museums, we can use our free time in quarantine to prepare our visits, so can enjoy our upcoming visits even more…so here is an overview ...