суббота, 18 ноября 2017 г.

Russian in Russia for basic (A2) level next March: 

Study Russian effectively in a mini-group, practice Russian with Russians, reach your goals in the Russian language with EnjoyRussian School! 

Starting date: March, 05 
Duration: 4 weeks 
Tuition fee: 640 euro for 80 lessons 

Apply here: https://enjoyrussian.com/courses/standard/ 
Get more details: info@enjoyrussian.com 

четверг, 16 ноября 2017 г.


Russian spring holidays. Maslenitsa

To many students who come to learn Russian language in Petrozavodsk becoming a part of main Russian holidays seems to be the most exciting opportunity.  Russian New Year and Russian Old New year (to be discussed later), Orthodox Christmas and Victory day are well-known in comparison to some other Russian holidays like Maslenitsa (Масленица). The spring holiday is devoted to bidding farewell to winter and welcoming spring. And to solve out this uneasy double task people in Russia need the whole week. Pancake week (also known as Butter week)! It is one of the most colorful, bright and tasty Russian holidays which has its origins in Russian pre-Chrisitian times.

How do Russian people celebrate Maslenitsa?

The holiday is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. For the whole Maslenitsa week all dairy products are permitted and because of that it’s also known as “cheese-fare week”. What is more, Russian people can not imagine living these 7 days without pancakes. Traditionally it was a symbol of sun and warmth and even in modern days people bake a lot of pancakes  especially from Thursday to Sunday. The last day is devoted to asking for each other forgiveness and is called “Forgiveness Sunday”. That last day is the time when the full-scale celebration starts: with sledding and ice-skating, snowball competitions and sleigh rides, outdoor competitions and performances. The key element here is burning Maslenitsa Lady (made of straw and fabric) on a bonfire. Ashes might be thrown in the snow to fertilize the soil.
Maslenitsa was praised in songs and masterpieces of many Russian artists and poets. Alexander Pushkin, Michail Lermontov, Pyotr Vyazemsky were describing the holiday as one of the most favorite, exciting and desirable for Slavic people.

Russian proverbs about Maslenitsa and  Pancake week

  • Масленица семь дней гуляет (Maslenitsa is being celebrated for 7 days)
  • И самый хладнокровный человек любит горячие блины (Even the most dispassionate person loves pancakes)
  • Не житье, а Масленица! (life is Maslenitsa/ life is a bed of roses)
  • На горах покататься, в блинах поваляться  (To go downhill sledding, to have a roll on the pancakes)

    To celebrate Maslenitsa in Russia In 2018 choose  group or individual course and come to Petrozavodsk in spring!

вторник, 14 ноября 2017 г.

Sauerkraut sounds German, though mostly in Russia people eat it that much

It’s getting cold, there are not so many fresh vegetables left (those that are in supermarkets are imported and not delicious), so all types of pickled things are coming back to the shop shelves.
Because summers pass by in the blink of an eye and winters drag on forever, pickling is an important part of Russian cuisine. In order to preserve the harvest of the summer, Russians pickle everything they can — from cabbage to mushrooms to apples to whole tomatoes.

A bit of history

The process of соление (pickling) is well-known in Russia, and any traveler visiting Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus will undoubtedly come across several traditional pickled dishes that seem strange and exotic. With a relatively short growing season, preserving food has always been of special importance in Russia.
Traditionally, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine developed their own original methods of preservation without using vinegar. Besides соление (salting), these cultures also often use квашение (fermentation), and мочение (steeping). Even in the 12th century, the people of old Rus’ salted their cucumbers and fermented their cabbage.

In modern Russia

Nowadays there are not so many people, who pickle vegetables themselves. Mostly those are gradmas, who live in a village or have a dacha and own vegetable garden there. Younger people prefer to buy pickled vegetables in shops or markets. The favorites are usually pickled cucumbers, tomatoes and cabbage.

Sauerkraut in the Russian way

Sauerkraut is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage.
Try Russian food in Russia and learn Russian in Petrozavodsk! Apply for a Russian language course

суббота, 11 ноября 2017 г.

Full Russian immersion course in February of 2018: 

- Intensive Russian course (from 4 lessons a day); 
- Professional, experienced and creative native speaking teachers; 
- Interesting and diverse lessons with games, videos, projects and lots more;
- Russian homestay with caring and talkative Russian families;
- Cultural activities – events, parties, excursions, trips, craft shops;
- Support of Russian volunteers, speaking practice.

Duration: 2-4 weeks
Starting date: Feb, 05
Cost: from 320 euro (2-week tuition fee for 40 group lessons)

Apply here: https://enjoyrussian.com/courses/standard/
Get more details: info@enjoyrussian.com 

четверг, 9 ноября 2017 г.

5 interesting facts about Russian Antarctic station “Vostok”

Here in Petrozavodsk where Enjoy Russian school is located students who come to learn Russian language in Karelia live with snow for maximum 3 months. They come here, enjoy pretty landscapes, learn Russian individually or in a group and they leave. But the locals have no choice but to spend 5-6 months in snow throughout the year and this is not even a verge. Russian researchers from Antarctic station Vostok live at the Pole of Cold with the lowest temperature on Earth (about -80/-90°C) 9-10 months straight! Some say Russians are brave, some say these people are crazy. But it doesn’t change the fact they deserve admiration.

What you may not know about the place where even Russian space technologies might be tested

  1.  The whole station is covered with snow. The station founded by the Soviet Union in 1957 was named after the ship of the First Russian Antarctic Expedition. During the winter only 12-13 people leave at the station to maintain its work till the summer time expeditions. The station itself is the number of frame houses interconnected by tunnels and covered with snow. Even
  2.  Want to find Antarctic penguins? Go somewhere else. People who live at the station are constantly asked if there is a chance to find penguins nearby. And the answer is “no”.  You need to move to other 5 Russian stations or choose the location other countries work at. By the way the total amount of Antarctic stations is about 90.
  3. The age of the water under the station is 200-300 000 years. Lake Vostok is a unique reservoir because the water did not abut the atmosphere ever. The discovery made by Russian explorers is known as one of the most significant in the scientific world.
  4. Antarctic researchers know how to keep eggs from spoiling. Russian film director Olga Stephanova was living at the station for a while and was impressed by a number of fats. Especially this one seemed to be super cool. Basically all you need to do is to turn all the eggs upside down once in 20-25 days. That’s the Russian ‘polar bears’ secret:)
  5. A fly was the only one ‘pet’ at the station. You are not allowed to take any pets to the station. And explorers say there was a fly they were living with for a long time. And the problem was that a cook was so determined to do his job perfectly that he killed a fly once he saw it  the kitchen. Sad but true. And since then – no pets at all.

Enjoy Russian winter activities in December: not that cold but also exciting!

This winter Enjoy Russian school gives you an opportunity to experience a tiny part if this extreme buried-under-snow way of life and enjoy snowy landscapes! Take an individual course in December and January and come to the Russian North!
  • You’ll see beautiful nature of Karelian winter: snowy fairy-tale sceneries, northern lights, visit snow and ice annual festival!
  • Enjoy Russian banya and ice swimming, take a ski tour or arrange a picnic in the winter forest!
  • Visit dog and deer farm, take a trip to world famous Kizhi island!
  • Taste all kinds of traditional Russian and Karelian food whilestaying with a Russian host family and hear all interesting stories about Russian history, life in Russia and Soviet Union, amazing or weird Russian traditions firsthand from your hosts;
And bside that you’ll significantly improve your vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Thant’s what you need if you really want to reach the best results in Russian for a short period of time. By the end of the course you’ll be surprised by the progress you’ll have made!
extreme russian winter

вторник, 7 ноября 2017 г.


Try to read and understand! Impressions from Russian lessons in Sanskrit

A couple of months ago, Vishwesh from India had been learning Russian language at Enjoy Russian school. Once he saw us putting up the students testimonials about the study process and the school itself in their mother tongues he decided to send us his thoughts in Sanskrit language. This language is spoken by less than 1% of Indians so we are surpeised and excited to have some words about the school written in the authentic classic Sanskrit style.
यथा चित्तं तथा वाचो यथा वाचस्तथा क्रियाः। चित्ते वाचि क्रियायांच साधुनां एकरूपता॥ रशियाः कारेलियाप्रांतस्य पित्रोझावोद्स्क राजधानी अस्ति। तत्र स्थिता एंजाॅयरशयिन संस्था रशियनभाषाप्रशिक्षणार्थ अतीवा उत्तमा। छात्रानां सुगमविद्याप्रदानं, सरलता सत्यभाषणं, अद्रोहः, शांतिरपैशूनं, मार्दवंह्रीरचापलं इत्यादि गुणैभिः तस्या जनाः सुशॊभिताः। ताः दीर्घसूत्री न भवन्ति, स्वकर्मानुष्ठानम् समयेन करोति, सदा मधुरं भाषणं करोति च। मम निमंत्रका अलीना अध्यापिका ओल्गा च श्लाघ्यतमा। एंजाॅयरशियनस्य प्रदाय तथा अभियाचन वर्धिष्णुविश्ववंदितः भवतु एतन्मनिषा मम श्रीचरणे प्रार्थनाश्च।

Enjoy Russian is an excellent institute for learning Russian language and culture

And here comes the translation:
“There is no difference between thoughts, speech, and actions of a noble person. Petrozavodsk is the capital of the Republic of Karelia in Russia. In that city, EnjoyRussian is an excellent institute for learning Russian language and culture. Its employees excel at education and management, value simplicity and truth, refrain from anger and faultfinding, and embody gentleness, modesty, and determination. They are punctual in their work and are approachable. My host Alina and teacher Olga were most excellent. I wish EnjoyRussian the best and pray that this institute grows well and becomes more and more successful.”
Thank you, Vishwesh!
And if you have ever learnt Russian language with us, you can write a couple of words about your experience in your own language. If not, then choose a course and write something afterwards!

суббота, 4 ноября 2017 г.

10 reasons to participate in a 3-month Russian immersion program in spring 2018: 

1. You’ll have 240 Russian lessons. You’ll significantly improve your vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Thant’s what you need if you really want to reach the best results in Russian for a short period of time. By the end of the course you’ll be surprised by the progress you’ll have made; 

2. You’ll taste all kinds of traditional Russian and Karelian food while staying with a Russian host family and hear all interesting stories about Russian history, life in Russia and Soviet Union, amazing or weird Russian traditions firsthand from your hosts;

3. You’ll have a chance to visit the Kizhi island twice: in March by snowmobiles to see the silent beauty of snowbound Kizhi Pogost and in May by hydrofoil to take a relaxing walk along the green island under the sun;

4. You’ll have enough time to visit all repertoire of the Musical theatre (opera, ballet, operetta), concerts of the Philharmonic Hall and modern performances of Creative Workshop Drama Theatre;

5. You’ll celebrate all spring Russian holidays with Russians: eat “blini” for the whole week, burn the scarecrow of winter and dance in a round during Maslenitsa, cook an Easter bread “kylitch”, color the boiled eggs and toll a bell on a bell tower at Easter and participate in celebratory parades dedicated to the Labor day and Victory day during the May holidays;

6. You’ll visit all speaking clubs arranged by EnjoyRussian School: game club to remember lots of new Russian words in a fun way, literature club to read Russian classic literature, movie club to watch Soviet and Russian movies and cartoons, discussion club to learn a lot about Russian culture, traditions and superstitions;

7. You’ll see full-flowing Kivach waterfall;

8. You’ll meet all the Russian volunteers of EnjoyRussian School with whom you’ll visit all must-see and must-eat places in Petrozavodsk;

9. You’ll participate in all kinds of cultural activities from winter sports and theater backstage excursion in March to horse-riding and picnics in May;

10. You’ll see beautiful nature of Karelia in all its views: from snowbound fairy-tale sceneries and northern lights, icebreaking and snow melting to green and blossoming sceneries and white nights.

Apply for the 12-week program starting from March, 05: https://enjoyrussian.com/courses/long-term/
For more information, please contact info@enjoyrussian.com