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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Useful phrases for your night out

This post is for your first weekend out in Russia. It will help you in restaurants, bars and clubs. It’s worth learning these phrases so you can practice ordering in Russian and you don’t seem like a complete foreigner. If you can speak some more conversational Russian it will also increase your chances of finding… Continue reading

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8 most common Russian homonyms

Some Russian homonyms

One of the first things you notice when you start learning Russian is that there are many words which are spelled and pronounced the same but have different meanings. As if Russian wasn’t difficult enough! Homonymous Russian words can be funny though. Don’t you believe me? Have a лук at the following list! 1) Лук… Continue reading

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New Holland: A Creative Cultural Hub in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is, of course, renowned for housing some of the most marvellous museums, beautiful buildings and majestic monuments in the world. Despite the fact that they are all lovely in their own right, these are not the only things that the city has to offer to visitors and residents alike. Sometimes, it is simply… Continue reading

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5 Top Tips On Living With a Russian Host Family

The thought of visiting Russia did frighten me somewhat. Prior to my arrival, a few questions would whizz around my head: Will I be able to cope with the language? Will I make friends? Will I manage to be successful as a student there? However, what worried me most was whether I would get on… Continue reading

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My experience as an Au Pair in Russia

Being an au pair in Russia is one of the most amazing and interesting things which I have ever done. Due to my interest in Russian culture, when I was 21 years old I decided to spend two months as au pair in Syktyvkar, the Capital city of the Komi Republic. Why Syktyvkar? Five years… Continue reading

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Why is the first pancake always lumpy? Russian idiom explained

This well-known phrase has not so obvious explanation. According to a modern spelling ПЕРВЫЙ БЛИН КОМОМ, it literally means “the first pancake is always a lumpy one” and reminds us not to expect the first attempt to be successful. But historically, the phrase has more to do with bears than with cooking. Ancient Slavonic tribes… Continue reading

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Study Russian with Adapted Literature

If you ask me, the process of learning a language is never easy. Foreign vocabulary and grammatical structures do not just fly into your brain during sleep. However, I am convinced that making use of the right approach to language learning can have a fundamental influence on the progress you are making. While there are… Continue reading

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