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.


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:
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.

Here are Top 5 Russian tongue twisters

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 

пятница, 13 октября 2017 г.


Enjoy Russian language school video lesson 5!

Recently our school set a tradition on making weekly lessons about  Russian language grammar and Russian way of life. We’ve already covered such topics as weather,  greetings in Russian, “How are you” vocabulary and the difference between verbs LEARN and STUDY.
This time school’s tutor Alina and our guest from the USA Jack are talking about asking people their names. After watching the video you’ll learn some  useful vocabulary and will be able to ask Russian President about his name!:)
If you want take part in this video project choose one of our courses and come to Petrozavodsk! And you are going to be our next guest!

четверг, 12 октября 2017 г.


When and how do people celebrate Christmas in Russia?

Sometimes “Enjoy Russian” school students who come to learn Russian in Petrozavodsk during winter time (December and January in particular) associate Christmas in Russia with the 25th of December. Catholic world does celebrate Christmas on this day, but not the Orthodox communities. At least, not all of them. To understand the reason dates differ from country to country one should get an insight into the history.

Why Christmas date is different around the world

The reason for this 13-days-difference is hidden in the calendars people use. Starting with the year 1582 many countries around the globe switched to Gregorian calendar from the Julian one (introduced by Julius Caesar in ..) According to some statistics the process took almost 300 years. And when it finally came to Russia the  Orthodox Chirch did not approve shifting to this new-made year calculating system and remained stick to the Julian calendar.
As a result, in modern world we have Catholic communities using Gregorian calendar, some Orthodox communities living with renewed Julian calendar (which nowadays coincides with Gregorian one and Christmas in these countries is celebrated on 24-25th December) and countries living with Julian calendar like Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Montenegro, Belarus, Egypt that celebrate Christmas on 6-7th of January.

What do Russians do on Christmas day

At all times people in Russia were preparing themselves to Christmas day very carefully. From November 28 till January 6 the religious are fasting and mentally purifying themselves. On this holiday people cook traditional Christmas food, but do not start dinner ceremony before participating in a night church service (usually starts at midnight). Making a wish on this night is also a common tradition.
On the next day the front doors of all houses were open to everybody: people congratulate each other with the great day and invite even strangers to drop by.
And after that the 12-day holiday season starts. Through to the Epiphany Day (January 19) people go sledding, join open-air celebrations, play musical instruments at the streets. An integral part of Russian Christmas celebration is called «колядки». People dress up in a fancy way, come to random houses and sing short humorous songs. The men of the house usually give some sweets to unexpected guests.
Even though Russians do not celebrate Christmas in a grand-scale manner as they do on New Year’s Eve, they find it very enjoyable and delightful.
To experience your Christmas in Russia, choose our 1 or 2 week Russian language course with special festive cultural program! You will have a chance to enjoy a trip to Russian Uncle Frost Residence, will be able to decorate your own Christmas tree toys and attend special theatre performances! Sign up for a course here

вторник, 10 октября 2017 г.

If you want to make your Russian more correct and fluent the first thing you need to do is to memorize the following  list of the essential verbs!

In this post we are going to put together all the need verbs and their conjugations.

ЖИТЬ – to live
я живу                                     мы живём
ты живёшь                             вы живёте
он / она живёт                       они живут
ХОТЕТЬ – to want
я хочу                                      мы хотим
ты хочешь                              вы хотите
он / она хочет                        они хотят
ЕСТЬ – to eat
я ем                                          мы едим
ты ешь                                    вы едите
он / она ест                            они едят
ПИТЬ – to drink
я пью                                       мы пьём
ты пьёшь                                вы пьёте
он / она пьёт                          они пьют
ПЕТЬ – to sing
я пою                                       мы поём
ты поёшь                                вы поёте
он / она поёт                         они поют
ПИСАТЬ – to write
я пишу                                    мы пишем
ты пишешь                            вы пишете
он / она пишет                      они пишут
МОЧЬ – to be able to
я могу                                      мы можем
ты можешь                             вы можете
он / она может                       они могут

Join our courses and polish your Russian language skills!

понедельник, 9 октября 2017 г.


Enjoy Russian student shares the impressions on Individual Russian language course

Klaus from Germany had been learning Russian language in Petrozavodsk for two weeks. Daily classes, constant practice with the host family and personal motivation have brought him to a great result. On the last day of classes Klaus told the story of his life completely in Russian. Without any help, uncertainty or hesitation.

“My friend from Berlin has recommended me this school. I had an individual course which met all my requirements. I learned a lot and what is more important I understood how I should learn Russian language in the future. My teacher Katya did a great job. As a result my ambition and interest in learning Russian increased. She got far beyond my most optimistic expectations on this stay in Petrozavodsk.
Communication with the family was very pleasant too. I also got a chance to meet a student from the Netherlands who was living in this family. And we had very nice evenings.
As for organization of the course I got everything in time. The moderators are friendly, efficient and flexible. I would like to participate in the program again because the school is good, teachers are very professional and kind and I had a nice homestay.
My progress in the Russian language? I improved everything. Pronunciation and spelling. Now I actively speak Russian!”
Watch the video to get a valuable piece of advice on how to learn Russian efficiently! 

Choose your own dates to start an Individual Russian language course and become fluent in Russian!


Simple steps on how to celebrate it in Russia!

For each person winter festive season is especially precious and magical. People all over the world enjoy getting together with the family, sharing the memories of the year ending and maybe someone discuss where to learn Russian language next year:) For some countries this holiday is not in the list of let’s-celebrate-it-loud holidays but every country has some certain traditions connected to December 31. In Denmark people place the piles of broken dishes in front of the friend’s door as a symbol of friendship. Chinese people tend to paint the front doors in red to attract happiness and fortune. The Dutch way of celebrating this holiday reminds the full-scale party and swimming in the North Sea next morning. So what about Russians?

Step 1. Prepare yourself for hours of cooking

The 31 of December is a working day all over the country. But! It is shorter than an ordinary one: people finish all the tasks (or leave them till better days in new year) one our earlier and here they could be divided into two groups. Some people have everything ready: they’ve done all shopping a week ago to beat the rush, know exactly how many guests they are going to have. But others start running there and back in attempts to find the missing ingredients or trying to decide on the better place to spend the night. But what is common for all is the fact that they spend so much time in the kitchen making salads and sophisticated delicacies while watching Soviet movies.

Step 2. Watch the Russian President’s speech and eat your wish!

Anyways all of them find themselves in front of big plates with ОЛИВЬЕ and glasses filled with champagne around 11.45. And the celebration starts! Never ever forget to say goodbye to the ending year and don’t you dare miss the President’s speech! Make a wish (or write it down on a piece of paper, then burn it, then put the ash into your glass and drink! 100% the dream will come true). See the flash lights? Grab your friends and get out of the house to enjoy colorful fireworks. Russian people usually don’t tighten the purse strings when it comes to fireworks. Jump into the snow and make a snowman, sing a song around the Christmas tree and say something pleasant to  all the strangers you meet. And remember – you are not allowed to sleep!

Step 3. Be ready to entertain yourself for 8-10 days

Yes, even your boss takes a rest for that long. Take a tour to the residence of Дед Мороз (Russian Father Christmas, Santa, Jack Frost) or join the crowds at street festivals, invite all the relatives and go to a deer farm. Leave some time for writing down your New Year resolutions. Skiing and ice skating, snowball fighting, dog racing… Be creative and make something amazing! However hard you may try it’s basically impossible to hide from that total festivity!

Step 4. Sign up for a special New Year program at Enjoy Russian!

If you decide to learn Russian starting with the 11 December you have a unique chance to become a part of this huge holiday through Russian traditional food cooking classes, making toys, banya with snow-bathing, festive theater performances and many many other activities! Or feel free to choose individual course and come whenever you want!

суббота, 7 октября 2017 г.

Last places available in the Russian learning groups in 2017!

Levels: A1+ (elementary) and B1 (1st certificate)
Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: November 13-24
Tuition fee: 320 euro (40 lessons)

If you want to achieve fast results in Russian, intensive Russian course in Petrozavodsk, Russia is what you're looking for! Effective Russian lessons, creative teachers, friendly atmosphere and joyful amusements will make your Russian vacation unforgettable!

How to participate? Just apply: https://enjoyrussian.com/courses/standard/
Ask a question: info@enjoyrussian.com 

вторник, 3 октября 2017 г.


Imperative mood is very important in Russian!

And your first Russian word ЗДРАВСТВУЙТЕ is an imperative aspect of the verb ЗДРАВСТВОВАТЬ (to be healthy and wealthy). Did you know that?
How do we form imperatives? We need to conjugate a verb in the third person plural form and change the ending to -й (for the first group verbs) and -и (for the second group).

Here are a few examples:

1.ДЕЛАТЬ (First group verb)
To make it formal add -те:
2. ГОВОРИТЬ (Second group verb)
To make it formal add -те:

Sometimes there is a soft sign instead of и or й

ВЕРИТЬ to believe – ОНИ ВЕРЯТ they believe – ВЕРЬ believe (imperative informal) – ВЕРЬТЕ believe (imperative formal)
БРОСИТЬ to throw – ОНИ БРОСЯТ (they’ll throw) – БРОСЬ throw (imperative informal) – БРОСЬТЕ throw (imperative formal)

Imperfective and perfective imperative are formed according to the same rule, but their functions are different! See the attached photo! And let me know if there are any questions left!

Use imperative in real life conversations with Russian in Russia! Come to Petrozavodsk winter course. Enroll now

суббота, 30 сентября 2017 г.

Do you miss snow? Or never saw it?

In Petrozavodsk you'll see snow in November already! Apply for EnjoyRussian group course starting from October, 30, pack your suitcase and come to Petrozavodsk! 

Open groups: A1+, A2+, B1 (elementary - 1st certificate)
Tuition fee: from 320 euro (for 2-week course, 40 lessons)

APPLY: http://enjoyrussian.com/apply-standart/
Ask a question: info@enjoyrussian.com

Effective Russian course, lots of Russian language practice and unforgettable experience of Russian life! Contact us and follow simple steps to come!

воскресенье, 24 сентября 2017 г.

Learn Russian online with EnjoyRussian School!

Individual Skype Russian course with a professional native speaking teacher is exactly what you need if you want to improve your Russian fast without even leaving your chair! 

Timetable: flexible including evening time and weekends
Cost: 20 euro for 1 private 60 minute lesson
Course duration: from 20 lessons
Requirements: Internet connection and computer with camera and microphone
All levels available including absolute beginners.
Apply: https://enjoyrussian.com/apply-skype/

суббота, 23 сентября 2017 г.

Dear Russian language learners! Right now we're gathering a team of the most talkative students of Russian!
If your language level is A1+ (elementary), A2+ (basic) or B1 (1st certificate), join our students for a group Russian course in Russia starting from October, 30! Participate for 2-4 weeks to communicate in Russian all day long and improve your speaking skills in a fast and easy way!
APPLY: http://enjoyrussian.com/apply-standart/
Ask a question: info@enjoyrussian.com
Here are some photos of November course in 2016 - that was fun, wasn't it?


New Enjoy Russian video lesson!

What is the first thing you do when you first arrive in a new country? Yes, you greet people you meet. And greeting customs differ from one country to another. That is a really crucial to keep in mind all the details not to offend somebody. Greeting tradition in Russia is also something special.
When you are greeting people in Russia you need to be very careful, because there are informal and formal greetings. And it’s easy to confuse the two when you start learning the language. It is really important for Russians to keep boundaries between people they know well and they don’t. For example it is not typical of Russians to say “Hi, how are you?” to a shop assistant, we are quite formal. In English we use YOU for both cases but in Russian we have ТЫ (informal) and ВЫ (formal).
Watch the video lesson of Enjoy Russian language school to know more! Our guest Jack Lowlor from the USA has been learning Russian for 4 years and is aware of all the obstacles you may face! Find out how to say hello and learn some basic vocabulary you need to know to start a conversation!
Choose a course to learn Russian in Russia with our school!

четверг, 21 сентября 2017 г.


Have reached the lowest point of Mariana Trench? Climbed Everest and took a trip inside in the crater of Icelandic volcano? Unless you’ve been to Russia, It doesn’t really count!After reading this you will probably want to experience Russian winter!

Join “Enjoy Russian” language school and challenge yourself!  

Зиму мы перезимовали, осталось перезимовать весну –  We’ve overwintered  the winter, now we have to overwinter the spring!
  1. The weather is cruel. Yes, Russian weather always holds the top positions. The Russian village Oimyakon is known as the Cold Pole of the Earthwhere the temperature might hit -71C! And the locals still live their own lives without any problems. As for Karelia, we can’t be proud of that low temperature but still be ready to 25 degrees below. By the way Russians believe that if people fall in love in wintertime that kind of relations is the strongest and is going to last forever. Because usually people put so many layers of clothes that it’s really hard to see a person behind, not to mention falling in love.
  2. Ice swimming is pretty popular. Despite the cruelty of Russian winter people in Russia tend to swim a lot! And we talk about ice swimming of course, not just the swimming pool. On January 19 Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate religious holiday when they can wash away the sins by bathing into the ice water. According to the statistics approximately 5 000 of Petrozavodsk citizens swim in 20 specially equipped spots all over the city.  Even little kids are long to be a part of this Russian Walrus club.
  3. 90C in Banya. Some people do not wait for a certain date to enjoy ice cold water. They swim on regular bases after each Banya session. The average temperature may exceed 90C. Sometimes they even spend the whole day in Banya massaging themselves with bunches of dried branches and leaves from bearch or oak, drinking green tea and jumping into the snow.  Banya is believed to be a good option for getting rid of toxins and gaining energy.
  4. Ice fishing is not for everyone. What could be more romantic than sitting for 5-6 hours in a row in the freezing cold? Russian fishermen are often called the craziest people in the world. To become a professional in all types of fishing techniques takes time and patience. Some say it’s rather a lifestyle than just a hobby.
  5. Holiday season is pretty long. Only the strongest can keep celebrating on and on for 9 days:) The New Years’ Eve and then Christmas. And some family gathering in between. From the Russians point of view the festive season is the good option to prepare yourself to the year of hard work and to make a list of New Year resolutions.
And know you should answer a simple question: are you ready for this? If yes, then come to Enjoy Russian language school in February to take our 4-week course and present yourself unique and priceless memories!

суббота, 16 сентября 2017 г.

Last weekends to apply for the next group Russian course in Russia starting from October, 16! 

Hurry up! There are not so many places left! 
Levels: A1 (elementary), A2+ (basic) 
Duration: from 2 to 6 weeks 
Cost: 320 euro for 2-week tuition (40 lessons) + 150 euro for 2-week Russian homestay with breakfast 

APPLY: http://enjoyrussian.com/apply-standart/ 
Ask a question: info@enjoyrussian.com 

Reach fast progress in Russian in a short time! 

четверг, 14 сентября 2017 г.

Distance is nothing if you want to learn Russian in Russia.

Each year students from distant countries prove that. They take long trips to participate in Full Russian Language Immersion Programs and learn Russian fast.

8824 km to achieve desired goal

Exactly that distance should be covered if you live in Singapore and want to study Russian in Petrozavodsk. Last year we were happy to host students from this country for the first time.

Tong and Kay Lin

Tong and Kay Lin have been studying in our school for 2 weeks. They tried to do as much as they can. They even visited Saint Petersburg and Velikiy Novgorod while studying in Petrozavodsk. But the main result of their staying in our city is Russian language progress:
«I improved my knowledge in the six grammatical cases and also picked up useful everyday phrases from the program», – Kay Lin
«I improve a lot in speaking and listening and I hope to come for 3 months study in summer period», – Tong.


In 2017 another student from Singapore has been studying in the school for 10 weeks. When Jackie came she couldn’t say a word in Russian. By the end of the program she could write a small text and tell about her life in Petrozavodsk.


The most admirable student for us is Debra. She has come to Petrozavodsk to study Russian, but she is going to stay here less than for one week. She explains that she doesn’t have time to stay longer, but she really wants to study Russian. Just after her arrival to Petrozavodsk she came to the school and had 2 individual Russian classes.
As you see distance is nothing for those who really want to know Russian! And would you like to study this language? Choose any course and come to Petrozavodsk!