воскресенье, 22 октября 2017 г.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE: I TRULY LIKED EVERYTHING!


Judit from Switzerland oh her Russian language course and Russian way of life in Petrozavodsk

The best way to understand whether or not the certain Russian language course meets your expectations is to ask people. Here in Petrozavodsk Enjoy Russian language school students are always ready to share their results and progress in Russian as well as to assess their living in a Russian family and communication with volunteers.

Russian lessons, host family and Russian volunteers

“The content of the language course was excellent. Good study book with the most useful topics. The groups were small so it forced us to speak Russian. I’ve enjoyed our teachers with their games, discussions, etc. very much! I could always ask questions even if they didn’t have anything to do with the topics. The teacher always answered in a satisfying way.
I had a perfect accommodation and the best host mom ever! Super friendly, helpful and communicative, of course we’ll keep in touch! I had a nice and cozy bedroom, perfect learning area with desk and couch. I always felt welcomed.
The Russian volunteers were very nice and helpful. I’ve enjoyed the people very much. They showed us good restaurants and gave us interesting facts about the city.
Administration of the program was excellent. I could always come and ask if something would have been unclear.

Why would you recommend learning Russian at Enjoy Russian language school?

Judit has focused here on  4 main points:
  • good learning progress
  • motivating atmosphere
  • nice city
  • friendly and helpful people
And added afterwards: “I truly liked everything!”
Yes, never stop learning the language. Otherwise you’ll eventually find yourself at the point you started with.  And if you are looking for the right course pay attention to the city you are going to stay, teachers’ professionalism and experience and never underestimate the testimonials of students. We believe one of  Enjoy Russian school courses could be a perfect option for you.

суббота, 21 октября 2017 г.

Early bird discount for the spring courses!

Apply before Dec, 01 and save from 32 to 192 euro for the tuition fee!
Duration of the program: 2-12 weeks
Cost from 470 euro (2-week group course and homestay with breakfast)
Starting dates: March, 05, April, 02 and 30.

Apply here: https://enjoyrussian.com/apply-standart/
Ask a question: info@enjoyrussian.com

What's in the program:
- Intensive Russian course in a mini-group (40 lessons a week);
- Russian homestay with 1 or 2 meals a day;
- Communication and support of Russian volunteers;
- Celebration of a traditional holiday "Maslenitsa" (March);
- Russian banya and swimming in an ice-hole (March) ;
- Skiing and skating (March);
- Trip to the Kizhi island by snowmobile or a hydrofoil;
- Trip to Velikiy Novgorod
- Visit to Hasky Dog farm and dog-sleigh ride
- Guided tour to the Musical Theatre of the Republic of Karelia backstage;
- Cooking class on Karelian specialities;
- Dancing class “Traditional Karelian dance”
- Celebration of spring and Labor day and Victory day (May)
and lots more! 






Symbols of Russian nature


If you google "Symbols of Russia" you'll find everything - from vodka to Russian Two-headed Eagle. But there is not much about Russian nature and its symbols. It's a pity because if you want to understand Russian symbolism better (in poetry for example) you really need to know what's special for us among trees and flowers, animals and landscape.

This post will help you to understand better poems of the greatest Russian poets and songs of Putin's favorite music band Lyube;)

Берёза (birch)

A symbol of Russian nature and Russian beauty, the birch tree (“bereza” or “berezka” in Russian) has a very special place in the country’s culture. It is a poetic symbol of the feminine, a lyrical image of spring, light and virginal purity. The slender birch brings to mind the image of a humble girl, beautiful,and very Russian.

Ромашка (chamomile)


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пятница, 20 октября 2017 г.

5 items you need to arrange perfect Russian New Year’s Eve!

+  some New Year Russian slang


It is typical of Russians to celebrate New Year’s Eve large and loudly. Even 24/7 busy Russian language teachers put away the books and make up their minds to an exciting celebration. Here are top 5 things you better buy before your Russian festive season starts. Why? In order to stay calm, happy and fully enjoy the holiday.




1 Mandarins

Every Russian woman and man knows that mandarins’ smell means New Year is coming. Even though this fruit was popular in Europe for a long time in the USSR people got a chance to taste it only at the beginning of 1960s. Since November is considered to be a very season for mandarins, people in Russia usually buy it in December and never forget to leave some for New Year’s dinner.

2 Special Soviet champagne  

NOTICE: it’s not that kind of champagne produced in France, it is special Russian brand. Back to the USSR the Soviet government made winemakers to invent something similar but affordable for everyone and since that time almost all Russians buy this “Soviet Champagne” bottles for 31 of December.

3 Mayonnaise

That sauce is extremely important for all kind of dishes. You may need 1 kg, or maybe 2 or 3 to cook all the salads. Yes, that much! Russians like it a lot and add to almost every New Year treat. For example, it is number one ingredient for Olivier salad, which remains a symbol for Russian New Year for a long time so far.

4 Bengal Lights (tiny sparklers)

Also must-have thing during holiday season. These colored and bright flames are magnificent not only for Russian kids but for their parents too. Even though to use them you should be aware of safety measures Russians can hardly imagine celebration without it.

5 Tinsels (as many as possible!)

Russians love decorating houses and gardens and use different techniques and styles here. But honestly, even those who doesn’t want to spend much time on decorating always put some tinsels around the flat. To be honest some Russians keep them all year roundJ
And as promised, the piece of Russian slang you may use to congratulate your friend or stranger at the streets of Russian cities (teens are more preferable):
-  Будь на хайпе и чтобы всё было бэнч! [bud' na khaype i chtoby vso bylo bench] – which means:  Stay trendy and let everything be ok!

If you want to celebrate New Year 2018 in a Russian style, feel free to choose our special individual course and come to Petrozavodsk! Not only to learn Russian, but also to get familiar with the Russian festive traditions!

четверг, 19 октября 2017 г.

At the doctor's. Students' film

One of the important topics you learn at A1 level is "Health"

It usually includes some body parts, verbs like ЧУВСТВОВАТЬ (СЕБЯ) and some useful phrases that you say at the doctor's.


One of the best ways to make sure that you know some topic well is to create something using the words and phrases you've just learned. The greatest and the most interesting thing to create is a short film that let you practice specific vocabulary and grammar structures. It's useful also because when you are emotionally involved in some activity and have to express yourself in Russian, the words that you use in this kind of situations are very hard to forget, they will stuck in your head forever.

Our students Judit and Bradley made a fun video that will help you to learn the phrases you need if you go to visit a doctor. Look how well they speak Russian after learning it just for 1,5 month!


вторник, 17 октября 2017 г.

TOP 5 RUSSIAN TONGUE TWISTERS TO SPEAK RUSSIAN WITHOUT ACCENT


Tongue twisters aren’t just silly poems that use very similar sounds

They’re a great way to improve your pronunciation and get your mouth moving in Russian! Tongue twisters are originally created for little kids to learn pronouncing difficult sounds, but they can serve a very real use for people studying Russian as a second language. For example, the tongue twister about Sasha could be especially useful to Russian language learners, because it contrasts the similar “s” and “sh” sounds in Russian:
ШЛА САША ПО ШОССЕ И СОСАЛА СУШКУ
The tongue twister about Mila is a great way to practice Russian hard and soft consonants and compare Ы and И; it puts different sounding vowels between similar-sounding consonants.
МАМА МЫЛА МИЛУ МЫЛОМ, МИЛА МЫЛО НЕ ЛЮБИЛ

Here are Top 5 Russian tongue twisters

  1. ШЛА САША ПО ШОССЕ И СОСАЛА СУШКУ
  2. МАМА МЫЛА МИЛУ МЫЛОМ, МИЛА МЫЛО НЕ ЛЮБИЛА
  3. ЕХАЛ ГРЕКА ЧЕРЕЗ РЕКУ, ВИДИТ ГРЕКА – В РЕКЕ РАК, СУНУЛ ГРЕКА РУКУ В РЕКУ, РАК ЗА РУКУ ГРЕКА ЦАП!
  4. КАРЛ У КЛАРЫ УКРАЛ КОРАЛЛЫ, А КЛАРА У КАРЛА УКРАЛА КЛАРНЕТ
  5. ТРИДЦАТЬ ТРИ КОРАБЛЯ ЛАВИРОВАЛИ, ЛАВИРОВАЛИ, ДА НЕ ВЫЛОВИРОВАЛИ
The tongue twisters above are well-known in Russia and almost every Russian knows it, but not everyone can say them quickly. Russian native speakers also have difficulties with some Russian words. Here is a fragment of old Soviet movie “Карнавал” with famous actress Ирина Муравьёва, where she is trying to improve her pronunciation (she wants to be an actress) by reciting tongue twisters КУКУШКА КУКУШОНКУ КУПИЛА КАПЮШОН, НАДЕЛ КУКУШОНОК КАПЮШОН, КАК В КАПЮШОНЕ ОН СМЕШОН and ОТ ТОПОТА КОПЫТ ПЫЛЬ ПО ПОЛЮ ЛЕТИТ, ПЫЛЬ ПО ПОЛЮ ЛЕТИТ ОТ ТОПОТА КОПЫТ
Don’t bother to try to understand the meaning of the tongue twisters. Usually they are just silly poems with no special meaning, and their purpose is let you practice some difficult Russian sounds, so focus on the right pronunciation, but not on the meaning.

Improve your Russian amazingly quickly by taking a Russian course at “Enjoy Russian” Language School. Enroll now

суббота, 14 октября 2017 г.

Dear friends, it’s high-time to enroll the individual New Year program with EnjoyRussian! 

Effective one-to-one Russian course and unique table of events with holiday spirit! Let’s remember our December of 2016 and watch some photos 😊

Here are a couple of testimonials from our individual students: 
“I had an individual course which was held extremely flexible and made-to-measure for my needs and language knowledge. I learned a lot and understood how I should learn in the future. My teacher did a great job, she explained me everything in a very professional and kind way. I feel now that I really can learn and actively speak Russian!” Klaus, Germany. 

“The language course was excellent. We had different themes. We watched some videos which was nice. My teacher asked me which topics would be interesting from my point of view. My teacher could always clearly explain the words when I didn’t understand. “ Pekka, Finland. 

Dates of the program: 
11-22 December 2017 - prepare to the New year! 
9-23 January 2018 - celebrate the "Old New Year"! 
Apply: https://enjoyrussian.com/courses/individual/
Learn more: info@enjoyrussian.com