Russian Language School "Enjoy Russian" (http://enjoyrussian.com)
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четверг, 22 марта 2018 г.
THE MOST TASTY RUSSIAN LANGUAGE LEARNING MATERIALS!
How to serve Russian dumplings and cook raspberry buns?
Welcome to Enjoy Russian language school blog! One of the categories here is devoted to learning materials for you to simplify your Russian language exciting journey. But today’s post is a bit special. It’s not only about Russian grammar and the way Russians live. It’s about diverse and unique Russian cuisine. Some say it’s a mix of different cultures’ cooking traditions – Eastern European, Caucasian, Central Asian, Siberian, and East Asia. So grab a snack not to get hungry and make your recipe book ready to Russian Cyrillic alphabet! Let’s go!
How to cook and serve Russian food?
What do Russians miss when they live abroad? The whole variety of products! ? Listen to the most tasty Russian podcast to find out! 1:58 – Bliny – what to serve with? 3:45 – Cottage cheese: rich in calcium 4:40 – Pelmeni or Russian dumplings – the origin 6:50 – Vareniki – sweet or salted? 8:00 – Pirog – big layered Russian pie 8:45 – Russian soups – borsch and okroshka 12:10 – Vinegret 13:20 – Meet jelly 14:00 – Russian traditional drinks
Many students want to take a year out in order to gain new skills, explore the world and find out more about themselves. But everyone would agree that a break between studies becomes even more desirable when it is productive in terms of future profession. Russia is a country of diversity and prospects. Here you may travel on a budget, be amazed by the nature and meet great people. And of course, you can easily learn Russian language which is as difficult as Chinese. Here are 5 facts on why you should add “a gap year in Russia” to your CV.
5 reasons to take a break and come to Russia
This is a way to explore both Europe and Asia. Simply because of the geographical reasons. Take a train and travel all over the country to see by yourself the cultural and historical diversity Russia has. More than 180 ethnic groups live in Russia so that is a chance to explore more than just one country! Celebrate Bear holiday with the Kets of Siberia and welcome the spring with the Bashkirs or gather together with the Mari people on 12 of June to sing and dance in honor of the floral world and this Flowers’ Day. Take pictures of great landscapes from snowy hills and deep forests to the endless deserts.
You can volunteer. There are many options and many projects to choose from. For instance, Enjoy Russian language school offers a volunteering project in which you can teach your native language teens, kids and adults or assist to English language teacher. It gives you not only the constant language practice with the locals but also helps to meet new people and become friends for life.
You can gain work experience. Internship in Russia is a good way to see how it’s like to be a translator or interpreter, tourist guide or educator.
Eventful and adventurous life. Here in Russia you may enjoy all seasons and as a result all kind of activities -ice-swimming, snow mobile race, fishing, banya, horse-riding and kiting. Every region and Russian city holds many holidays each year. No matter what season you choose you are always able to join the huge and bright celebration – Orthodox Easter and Labour day in spring, White nights festival in Summer, New year and Christmas in winter and the Knowledge day in fall. Make traditional presents and find a favorite Russian holiday!
Hospitable peopleandgreat food. Especially if you choose living in a host family. People are very hospitable and always ready to make super-delicious food for you like kalitki, borsch or home-made dumplings, to show you surroundings and talk about everything for hours.
Don’t you think it’s your turn to make a gap year effective and exciting? Choose a course and come to Russia!
You can hear it everywhere in Russia on 18th of March
Today is a very important day in Russia. Yes, we do not talk about politics here in our blog since it is devoted mostly to Russian language, interesting facts about Russia and its people. But it is really impossible to stay indifferent to Russian presidential election we have today. So here is Enjoy Russian School representation of this day – top 10 most common Russian words and phrases of 18 of March! Read and learn or maybe roleplay Russian elections wherever you are right now:)
Выборы - vybory - The elections
Голосовать за - golosovat' za - to vote for
Бюллетень - Byulleten' - a ballot
Президент – Prezident - President
Избирательный участок – Izbiratel'nyy uchastok - electoral district
Абсолютное большинство – Absolyutnoye bol'shinstvo - vast majority
Политическая партия – Politicheskaya partiya - political party
Russians are really superstitious, they believe in lots of different signs, and omens. Today, we’ll tell you one.
Why you shouldn’t turn back if you are halfway there
All Russians know since childhood that if on your way somewhere you realize that you’ve forgotten something at home, you shouldn’t go back. If you do, bad things will happen.
What’s the origin of this superstition?
Since long ago, crossing a threshold of a house was considered a sacred act, because people used to bury their ancestors’ ashes under the threshold of their house. When a person crosses the border between his home, and “strange”, not a home space, he/she is looses protection of his ancestors’ spirits. Also a threshold is a border between world, a doorway through some evil spirits might come into our world.
The spirits might get angry if you cross the threshold without fulfilling your plans. If so, they will confuse all your thoughts, and interfere negatively in the upcoming affairs. In addition, the guardian angel after returning can stay at home and not go with you on a second journey.
What to do?
Many people believe that it is possible to neutralize the effect of the omen if you look in a mirror or sit for a while, when you return home. They say that when you leave the house you are always “blessed” by a brownie (house spirit), and he does it only if you sit down before leaving. As for the mirror, looking at it, you “reflect” the evil spirits standing behind you, and at the same time multiplying your strength and energy.
But speaking the truth, not so many people believe in this omen, because is you forget something it only means that you are absent-minded:)
On September 3 Enjoy Russian language school starts a group course for people who wants to start speaking Russian in a short time (you may enroll here). We usually offer diverse cultural program to our students but sometimes they choose the places to visit in Karelia by themselves and this autumn we highly recommend you checking out some mystic places in Russian North. Why? Because here in Karelia we have it all: mountain idols, ancient petroglyphs, stone labyrinths and one more place – Vottovaara mountain. It can be compared to Gravity Falls from the famous Disney series and here’s why.
A healthy habit to explore: what is Vottovaara mountain famous for?
They say one may find mystic spots almost in every Russian region. Near Chelyabinsk, lake Baikal, Chukotka or even in Moscow (famous Patricarch’s Ponds described by M. Bulgakov in his novel). The Republic of Karelia is not an exсeption.
People say Russian North is a place of energy and inner strength and that a trip around all the “unordinary” spots in Karelia may take 1 month. Vottovaara mountain (470 m) is a place that the locals are always asked about. The mountain was discovered about 30 years ago and still catches everyone’s attention. It is situated in the Central Karelia not far from Segozero lake. Some ppeople are ready to take travelers there while others strictly say NO. Let us clarify what’s wrong with this place and why everyone should see this.
You may fall asleep in a second. That happened many times with travelers. May be because of ancient Saami people’s rituals or because of the placebo effect. Anyways, you should come to try.
Stones are everywhere. Almost 1500 stones that are called “seidy”. They look like absolutely typical stoenes but there is one tiny moment here. They are extremely heavy but when you get closer to one of them you notice that it stands on several stones that are extremely small in comparison with this big one. How did they get under? No one knows.
Spectacular view of the whole Karelia and even Finland. Even though it is not that high, you may see beautiful lakes and forests of Karelia and even a part of neighbouring country.
Go here if you are a UFO hunter. The locals say you may see here aliens from time to time.
The most tranquil place in Karelia and maybe in the Russian North. Not a single bird, fly or ant. Just you and the energy of mysterious Karelia.
YOU STILL DON’T KNOW YOUR RUSSIAN LEVEL? TRY OUT OUR NEW TEST!
Russian language learning at “Enjoy Russian Language School” is organized according to Russian language testing system (TORFL) supervised by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. According to this system,
There are six levels of the Russian language proficiency:
A1 (Элементарный – Elementary) – You start from complete 0 (from the alphabet) and reach a survival level. It takes 6 weeks (120 hours) to achieve Elementary level if you are a complete beginner.
A2 (Базовый – Basic) – You extend your vocabulary and learn how to freely speak about simple topics. It takes 6 weeks (120 hours) to achieve Basic level if you approved the Elementary one.
B1 (ТРКИ-1 – Первый сертификационный уровень – The first certificate level) – You are able to talk about politics, economics, social problems and other serious topics). It takes 6 weeks (120 hours) to achieve First Certificate level if you approved the Basic one.
B2 (ТРКИ-2 – Второй сертификационный уровень – The second certificate level) – You understand the difference between the colloquial and written Russian, can use slang and read newspapers and magazines. It takes 12 weeks (240 hours) to achieve Second Certificate level if you approved the First Certificate one.
C1 (ТРКИ-3 – Третий сертификационный уровень – The third certificate level) – You can do researches in different branches of science, using the Russian language, use very specific vocabulary.
C2 (ТРКИ-4 – Четвёртый сертификационный уровень – The fourth certificate level) – You are like a native Russian speaker! Congratulations!
We run courses for foreign students of different levels (from A0 to B2/C1)
To make sure every student receives the best education, takes off from where he/she is at the moment, and improves quickly, we created a module system that establishes clear and realistic language learning objectives. Every level course consists of 1-week modules, so a “module” is a portion of a language curriculum that is taught for one week. Every module content is describes in details here.
To find out your level of Russian proficiency you can take our test for free right here. Our test was designed in accordance with the module system, and while doing it you can literally see what language material (vocabulary and grammar) you can learn in each module. You can even use the test as a way to find out your errors in Russian, and understand what things you need to go back to, and review again.
You shouldn’t spend more than an hour on this test, shouldn’t guess the answers, but respond according to what you know. You should stop doing the test as soon as you meet a few questions with unfamiliar grammar, and vocabulary. It means, that you’ve reached your level.
It’s also important for us to determine you level that you write 5-10 sentences about yourself. Multiple choice tests can not always fully reflect a person’s level. But your own sentences sometimes show us your level even better than the test.
The results of the test will be carefully checked by our education coordinator, and the respond with your level will be sent to you within 24 working hours. Good luck!