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La Chiesa del Salvatore sul Sangue Versato
18.10.2018 16:57
san pietroburgo, saint petersbourg, sangue versato, chiesa, cattedrale, turismo, russia, monumenti
15
La Chiesa del Salvatore sul Sangue Versato
La data di oggi è una delle più importanti nella storia di questo monumento, infatti il 18 ottobre 1833 cominciarono i lavori per la sua realizzazione, che fu poi completata solo nel 1907.
 
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Le sette meraviglie della Russia
16.10.2018 15:02
russia, turismo, sette meraviglie, san pietroburgo, mosca, volgograd, bajkal, san basilio, elbrus, lago bajkal
26
Le sette meraviglie della Russia
Studenti del Derzhavin, quali città russe, oltre a San Pietroburgo, avete visitato o avete intenzione di visitare? Se avete dei dubbi sulla prossima meta da scegliere, vi consigliamo di leggere questo articolo, in cui parleremo delle cosiddette Sette meraviglie della Russia, ovvero di sette monumenti, edifici o luoghi naturali considerati i più belli di tutto il Paese.
 
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Curiosità: Ermitage, i gatti custodi
12.10.2018 16:02
gatti, cats, cat, hermitage, ermitage, museo, russia, animali, san pietroburgo
29
Curiosità: Ermitage, i gatti custodi
Adesso i custodi a quattro zampe godono di un servizio di alta qualità, degno di una 'famiglia reale': hanno una cucina apposita che prepara loro il cibo e anche un piccolo ospedale.
 
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Conosci la Russia: inno nazionale
11.10.2018 17:20
russia, inno russia, russian anthem, musica russa, testo inno russia
26
Conosci la Russia: inno nazionale

L'attuale inno della Federazione russa risale al 2000 e fu composto da Sergej Michalkov, lo stesso uomo che aveva scritto anche il testo del vecchio inno dell'Unione Sovietica (1944), con cui l'attuale condivide anche la musica. 

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Tandem: un modo per praticare il russo
09.10.2018 15:19
derzhavin, tandem, programma, studio, lingua russa, studenti, italiano
28
Tandem: un modo per praticare il russo
Cari studenti del Derzhavin, avete bisogno di fare conversazione per migliorare il vostro livello? Il Derzhavin Institute vi offre una soluzione ottimale: il Tandem. 
 
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Nacque oggi: Marina Tsvetaeva
08.10.2018 14:15
nacque oggi, tsvetaeva, cvetaeva, poesia, cultura russa, russia
28
Nacque oggi: Marina Tsvetaeva

Nata a Mosca nel 1892, Marina Tsvetaeva raccontò la Rivoluzione di Ottobre vissuta in prima persona appena venticinquenne. Già all'età di soli sei anni la Tsvetaeva sapeva scrivere piccole poesie in lingua francese e tedesca, oltre che in russo. 

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Buona festa, insegnanti!
05.10.2018 15:17
onthisday, accadde oggi, festa degli insegnanti, giornata degli insegnanti, insegnanti, in italiano, professori, festa, unesco
39
Buona festa, insegnanti!
 
Il 5 ottobre è la giornata mondiale dedicata agli insegnanti, in russo День учи́теля. In questa giornata è buona usanza che gli insegnanti ricevano dei piccoli regali, come dei dolci o cioccolatini oppure dei fiori, o dagli alunni più piccoli un disegno a colori, oltre che gli auguri. 
 
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Accadde oggi: il lancio dello Sputnik
04.10.2018 15:43
onthisday, accadde oggi, satellite, sputnik, gagarin, storia russa, in italiano
71
Accadde oggi: il lancio dello Sputnik

Oggi è il 4 di ottobre, e in tutta la Russia è il giorno in cui si celebrano le imprese spaziali degli astronauti di questo Paese. Ricorre infatti l'anniversario di uno dei più importanti eventi della storia del programma spaziale russo, e più in generale dell'astronomia internazionale. In questo giorno nel 1957, dal cosmodromo di Baikonur, in Kazakistan, ebbe luogo il lancio del primo satellite artificiale mandato in orbita intorno alla Terra.

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La Televisione in Russia
03.10.2018 17:43
Storia Russa, in italiano
31
La Televisione in Russia

Il primo di ottobre è un giorno importantissimo per quanto riguarda la storia della televisione in Russia. Nella prima metà del 1931 nell'allora Unione Sovietica i tecnici misero infatti appunto un sistema ottico-meccanico per la trasmissione di quelle che vennero definite 'immagini in movimento' (движущихся изображений). Un primo sistema di trasmissione elettronica della televisione fu invece introdotto nel territorio sovietico a partire dal 1938.

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Витва на Неве / Batle on the Neva
18.07.2018 19:56
Saint Petersburg, Things to do, tournament, medieval, kinghts, market, jousting
110
Витва на Неве / Batle on the Neva

Hear ye, hear ye! Good Ladies and gentle Sirs, it is time to raise your standards, don your finest garb, and head to the lists to enjoy that most regal of spectacles, ye olde medieval tournament!

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Разговорный Словарь – Conversational Dictionary
16.07.2018 16:47
Russian Language, Common Phrases, Conversational Russian, Slang
146
Разговорный Словарь – Conversational Dictionary

Want to improve your conversational Russian skills? Check out this list of need to know Russian conversational phrases.

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To Go or Not to Go: Moscow
13.07.2018 17:19
Moscow, tourism, Trip, July 2018, Bus Tour, Red Square, Kremlin, Tsarytsino, Food and Drink, Parks, Architecture
102
To Go or Not to Go: Moscow

Fancy a trip to the heart of Modern Russia? The Derzhavin Institute is planning at trip to the captial on July 28th! Read here to find out more about where you'll be going and what you'll being doing!

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White Nights, and All That Jazz
06.07.2018 16:15
Saint Petersburg, Music, Jazz, Bars, Cocktails, Dancing
99
White Nights, and All That Jazz

Attention music lovers! Are you looking for a place to get your swing on and show off your jazz hands? Then you might want to check out this short list of two of St Petersburg’s best jazz hotspots. 

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День Достоевского / Dostoevsky Day
05.07.2018 15:43
Dostoevsky, Dostoevsky Day, Events, Literature, theatre, musicals, psychology
126
День Достоевского / Dostoevsky Day

All you need to know about Dostoevsky Day 2018!

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The Evolution of Russian: Union and Federation
04.07.2018 15:40
Russian Language, History of Russian, Soviet Union, Bolshevik Revolution, Orthographic Reform, Soviet Names, Soviet Slang, Modern slang
130
The Evolution of Russian: Union and Federation

Have you ever wondered where Russian language came from? In this, the third and final post in our three part series, we’ll be finishing off our answer to that question by looking at the role that the Bolshevik Revolution and the Soviet Union played in the development of Russian and the linguistic changes that have impacted Russian since the proclamation of the Russian Federation.

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The Evolution of Russian: Empire
02.07.2018 14:59
Russian Language, History of Russian, Origins, Moscovite Dialect, Novgorodian Dialect, Russian Empire, Civil script
97
The Evolution of Russian: Empire

Have you ever wondered where Russian language came from? In this, the second of our three part blog series, we’ll be trying to answer that question by looking at how modern Russian was born, and Peter the Great's role in its development. 

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The Evolution of Russian: Rus
28.06.2018 15:21
Russian Language, History of Rusian, Origins, Reforms, Vocabulary, Glagolic Script, Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, Kievian Rus
155
The Evolution of Russian: Rus

Have you ever wondered where Russian language came from? In this, the first of a three part blog series, we’ll be trying to answer that question by looking at how Russians spoke before Russian existed and how writing first appeared in the lands that now make up western Russia.

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Граммотическое Задержание / Hold up, prefix time
21.06.2018 14:53
Russian Language, difficulties, prefixes, verbs, to hold, to withstand, to support, to detain, to withold, to spend, to consist of
162
Граммотическое Задержание / Hold up, prefix time

Time to look at some more verbs with prefixes. This time we’ll be looking at verbs created from the verb держать – to hold.

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Лето / Leto
14.06.2018 17:00
Saint Peterbsurg, Films, Cinema, Leto, Soviet Rock, Kino, Victor Tsoi, Zoopark
120
Лето / Leto

Interested in Russian film or music? Looking for something to do at the weekend? Check out the Russian film Leto!

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Колонна Славы / The Column of Glory
12.06.2018 14:10
Saint Petersburg, Cathedrals, Troitsky Cathedral, Column of Glory, Cannons, Russo-Turkish War, Soviet Union, Architecture
138
Колонна Славы / The Column of Glory

Not too far from the institute are the blue, star-spotted domes of Troisky Cathedral. For many students who walk past the church their first question is the same, "What's with the giant column of cannons out front?" 

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Два великана русской культуры / Two Giants of Russian Culture
06.06.2018 17:47
Russian Culture, Poetry, Games, Birthday,
171
Два великана русской культуры / Two Giants of Russian Culture

Two major icons of Russian culture celebrate their birthday today. Read on to find out who...

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Квесты в Питере / Escape Rooms in St Pete’s
05.06.2018 14:18
Saint Petersburg, Things to Do, Quests, Escape Rooms, Russian Practice, Games
129
Квесты в Питере / Escape Rooms in St Pete’s

Looking for a more unusual way to practice your Russian skills? Why not try a quest?

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Новая Голландия / New Holland
31.05.2018 16:50
Saint Petersburg, New Holland, shops, restaurants, clubs, concerts, events, ice cream, architecture
154
Новая Голландия / New Holland

Pull out your map of St Petersburg. Find the Derzhavin Institute and look slightly north west, just below where the Blagoveshchenskiy Bridge crosses the River Neva. Can you see the strange triangular shaped Island? That is Новая Голландия (New Holland).

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«Кое-», «-то» и «будь»
30.05.2018 14:17
Russian language, Difficulties, Prefixes, Suffixes, Question Words
158
«Кое-», «-то» и «будь»

Ever wondered how кое-кто, кто-то, and кто-нибудь can all translate to someone in English and yet have completely different meanings in Russian? By the time you've finished reading this post you'll be an expert in using the prefix кое- and the suffixes -то and -нибудь with this and other Russian question words.  

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Постсловаризм/The Post-Dictionary Age
29.05.2018 17:50
Russian Language, reading, writing, dictionaries, translation
243
Постсловаризм/The Post-Dictionary Age

If you want to learn Russian properly, then reading regularly is an absolutely must. When we read, not only will we undoubtedly find new and unfamiliar words, but we also have the chance, unlike in real-time conversation,s to record these new words so they stick with us. Unfortunately for some, this very possibility can make reading quite a frustrating experience. Perfectionists like myself who need to know the meaning and nuances of every single word they meet may find themselves spending more time looking up new words than they do reading the actual book.

What can you do then if you just can't bear to let a single word pass by unknown? Read on to find out...

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To Go or Not to Go: The Peter and Paul Fortress
24.05.2018 15:51
Saint Petersburg, places to go, the Peter and Paul Fortress, history, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Trubetskoy Prison, Noon gun, Museums, Rabbits
236
To Go or Not to Go: The Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in St Petersburg and frequently features in the Derzhavin Institute's cutural programme. In this blog post we’ll be taking a look at the history of the fortress, explaining what you can expect to see on a tour though the Derzhavin institute, as well as going into the details of a few of the less-well-known aspects of the museums for those who’ve already been there before.

 
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Парки Санкт-Петербурга / The Parks of St. Petersburg
22.05.2018 18:58
St Petersburg, Where to go, parks, nature, trees, tourist destinations, relaxation, fresh air
182
Парки Санкт-Петербурга / The Parks of St. Petersburg

Cities are great and all but sometimes you want you want to get a little bit closer to nature. For all its strengths St. Petersburg`s streets can often seem overly devoid of anything green and growing. Fortunately it has plenty of amazing parks to make up for it.

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Многочисленые Сложности Склонения/The Numerous Difficulties of Declination
18.05.2018 16:03
Russian Language, Difficulties, cardinal numbers, declination
186
Многочисленые Сложности Склонения/The Numerous Difficulties of Declination

Take a look at this following sentence:

“Мария гуляла в парке с 7 собаками”

If you're not 100% sure how you would say the number "7" here, then this article is for you.

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St Petersburg From Above/Санкт Петербург Сверху
15.05.2018 21:08
St Petersburg, Where to go, bars, cafes, cathedrals, modern art, skyline, amazing views,
124
St Petersburg From Above/Санкт Петербург Сверху

Saint Petersburg, the Venice of the North, arguably the most beautiful city in Russia. To walk around its streets is a treat for anyone who is even slightly interested in architecture, art, or history. Regardless of the city’s beauty at ground level however, there is an even better way to experience its aesthetic qualities, from above.

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О Памяти (On Memory)
11.05.2018 17:10
Russian Language, difficulties, prefixes, verbs, memory, remember
229
О Памяти (On Memory)

Memorising the difference in meaning between verbs with the same root and different prefixes can be tricky. This blog is here to help with that process, starting with the most obvious candidate – verbs formed from помнить (to remember).

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День Победы (Victory Day)
08.05.2018 14:04
Saint Petersburg, Victory Day, День победы, Second World War, Great Patriotic War, Soviet Union, 2018
145
День Победы (Victory Day)

On May 9th 1945 (Moscow ime) Nazi Germany officially surrendered and the war in Europe ended. This day, known is Russia as День Победы (Victory Day), has a special place not only in Russian history but also in modern Russian society and culture. In this blog post you’ll learn about how Russians celebrate this holiday and about the special events that will be held in its honour this year in St Peterburg.

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Ночь Музеев (Long Night of Museums)
10.05.2018 16:43
Saint Petersburg, Long Night of Museums, Culture, Things to Do, Events
224
Ночь Музеев (Long Night of Museums)

On May 19th 2018 the staff of 117 museums in St. Petersburg and its surrounding environs will forego sleep in order to keep their doors open to the public through the night. Read on to find out more about tickets, participating museums, special exhibitions, and more.

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To Go or Not to Go: Novgorod
10.05.2018 16:37
Russia, Novogord, Leningradskaya Oblast, Travel, Excursions, Day Trips, Russian History, Orthodox Religion, Architecture, Kremlin, Cultural Programme
141
To Go or Not to Go: Novgorod

Novgorod is one of Russia`s oldest cities and has, through its centuries of existence, played an immeasurably important role in Russian history and the development of Russia as a state. The Derzhavin institute often organises trips to the city as part of its cultural program but, seeing as Novgorod is a considerable distance away from St Petersburg, students often wonder whether it is worth their time to travel there or not. If this sounds like you, then read on; the points in this post will help you to make a decision.

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Easter in Russia
06.04.2018 17:36
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
203
Easter in Russia

Easter, the most important and celebrated holiday for the Russian Orthodox Church, is observed based on the Julian calendar and often falls on a different Sunday than the Catholic or Protestant Easter. This year, the Russian Orthodox Easter will be celebrated 8 April. As in many countries, the Easter celebrations in Russia are full of significance, traditions, family and delicious Easter treats. 

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Saint Pete Coffee Break
05.04.2018 13:27
stpetersburg, culture, foodanddrink
184
Saint Pete Coffee Break

Saint Petersburg is a city of culture, history, architecture with delicious food and drink. During a long day of exploring the city, or if you find yourself simply needing to escape from the cold, there is not much better than sitting down in an quaint café and enjoying good conversation with a great cup of coffee. If you are traveling through Saint Petersburg delicious cafes are on just about every street corner. To be sure that you make the most out of your caffeine selection, here is a list of some of the best cafes for ambiance, comfort and of course, quality! 

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Gogol: Life and Quotes
29.03.2018 14:27
stpetersburg, culture, onthisday
213
Gogol: Life and Quotes

Nikolai Gogol, born 31 March 1809, would go on to become one of the most renowned and influential Russian writers. Gogol can be claimed as the founder of realist literature, laying the groundwork for Russian prose that would influence great writers after him. However, it was in his surrealist writings that Gogol produced some of his most original and celebrated works that delved deep into the darker side of society by comically combing the fantastic with the grotesque.

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Theatres in Saint Petersburg
29.03.2018 14:15
stpetersburg, culture, theatre
203
Theatres in Saint Petersburg

When you think of theater in Russia, most likely the Russian Ballet performing Swan Lake comes into your mind. With images of the elaborate beauty of the classic Mariinsky Theatre, you can be transported back into a time of unparalleled elegance. As the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg is home to both classical and modern theatre companies known and respected throughout Russia and the world. Music theatres, ballet and opera theatres, puppet theatres and drama theatres all have something unique to offer. 

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Less visited museums of Saint Petersburg
20.03.2018 21:09
stpetersburg, culture, museums
263
Less visited museums of Saint Petersburg

With over 200 museums to be found in Saint Petersburg, the most well known is the Hermitage. While the Hermitage, Russian Museum, and The Peter and Paul Fortress deserve a visit or two from anyone who spends time in the city, these museums are certainly not the only ones that should spark your interest. Here are my personal top five less visited museums in Saint Petersburg, with a few honorable mentions!

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Russian Presidential Elections
16.03.2018 19:46
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
175
Russian Presidential Elections

Similar to other countries with such long histories, the Russian government has undergone various complete transformations. From early Rus, to the time of the Tsars, to a revolution that birthed the Soviet Union and finally the restructuring into a democratic Russian Federation. The mark of any democracy is the establishment of a free and competitive election process. That is what makes 18 March 2018 a day of significance, the Russian Federation Presidential elections.

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A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg
14.03.2018 14:20
history, stpetersburg, Moscow, culture
422
A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg

When people first think about Russia, chances are their minds are first filled with images of Red Square, the Kremlin and the colorful tops of St. Basil`s Cathedral. Moscow, the heart and capital of Russia, can be recognized throughout the world. However, only in recent history has Moscow held the title of “capital,” and even then, one of Russia`s other great and well-known cities took its place. 

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Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space
09.03.2018 18:52
onthisday culture history
219
Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin—a Russian Cosmonaut and Hero of the Soviet Union. Born on 9 March 1934, Gagarin would go on to become hero, not only in the Soviet Union, but internationally, as the first man in space and the first to orbit the earth. 

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Happy International Women`s Day!
07.03.2018 13:38
stpetersburg, culture, holidays, onthisday
250
Happy International Women`s Day!

Wherever you go on March 8, you will be sure to see an abundance of flowers. Flowers in the hands of women, children and grandmothers. Flowers lining the streets. Flowers being passed out in cafes and shops. Bouquets wrapped and on delivery. Flowers, gifts and beauty are on every corner, and it is quite possible you will come across special events being held in honor of women and femininity. Around the streets you will hear congratulations, and, if you are a woman, may even receive congratulations or flowers of your own from strangers and business alike.

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Anna Akhmatova: Life and works
05.03.2018 15:26
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
253
Anna Akhmatova: Life and works

Considered to be one the greatest of Russia’s poets, Anna Akhmatova, is a symbol of Russia and guardian of its culture and language. Born in 1889 in Odessa, her family quickly took up residence in Tsarskoye Selo outside Saint Petersburg, the city in which she would later reside for the greater part of her life. As a daughter of Russia, impacted by the time period in which she lived, her works reflected the changing tides of Russia by critically and poignantly confronting Stalinist Terror, World War II, and the subsequent Russian Thaw. 

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Souvenirs and Gifts - Tips from Former Students
22.12.2017 17:18
stpetersburg, shopping, gifts, souvenirs
368
Souvenirs and Gifts - Tips from Former Students
With Christmas around the corner, students are busying shopping for gifts from Saint Petersburg. But no matter what time of year you're here, you'll probably want to take a few things home with you for yourself or your friends and family. We asked some former and current students what advice they had for buying souvenirs and gifts in Russia.
 
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Where to Eat Around Derzhavin Institute
18.12.2017 15:27
stpetersburg, dailylife, food, lunch, restaurants,
412
Where to Eat Around Derzhavin Institute
If you're a prospective student wondering what options to expect, or a current student looking for some more lunchtime inspiration, read this post to learn more about where you can eat around Derzhavin Institute.
 
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And the winner is...
18.12.2017 14:14
stpetersburg, news, travel, tourism
442
And the winner is...

The World Travel Awards - or the "Oscars of tourism" - recently announced this year's winners in a wide range of categories, and Saint Petersburg was awarded three of the ceremony's most coveted prizes, including World's Leading City Destination 2017!

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Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
12.12.2017 15:11
stpetersburg, culture, learningrussian, books,
337
Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
In a previous post, we looked at some great online resources for reading in Russian, but since you've come all the way to one of the most literary cities in the world, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Saint Petersburg's ubiquitous bookstores and pick up some books to take home with you. In this post, we suggest a few books or series of books that might be of interest to Russian learners, as well as introduce some of the bookstores in the city. 
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Cinema in Saint Petersburg
06.12.2017 14:19
stpetersburg, cinema, entertainment, movies
454
Cinema in Saint Petersburg
Going to the cinema (кинотеатр) in Saint Petersburg is easy, comfortable, and cheap. Foreign movies are typically dubbed into Russian unless otherwise specified, but there are a few theaters that play movies in the original language with Russian subtitles. Russian movies are always played in Russian without subtitles. 
 
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Hockey in Saint Peterburg
05.12.2017 14:08
stpetersburg, sports, entertainment, culture
644
Hockey in Saint Peterburg
Hockey (хоккей) is without question one of the most popular sports in Russia, and Saint Petersburg's team, SKA, is the defending champion and top-ranked team in the league. If you are in Russia between late August and mid-April, be sure to try to catch a match! Whether you're an avid fan or can't tell a puck from a stick, it's an exciting, memorable and inexpensive Russian experience. The next home game is December 19th. Read on to find out more about the team and where you can buy tickets, and learn some Russian hockey cheers.
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Where to Exercise in Saint Petersburg
22.11.2017 17:15
stpetersburg, sports, exercise, hobbies, dailylife
406
Where to Exercise in Saint Petersburg
Between Russian classes, homework, new friends, and sightseeing, you'll have plenty to do in Saint Petersburg, but don't forget to exercise! Besides helping you stay healthy, exercise is a great way to meet people, make local friends, practice your Russian no matter what your level is, and relieve stress. In this post, we'll introduce you to some possibilities of where you can exercise in Saint Petersburg, and where you can look to find the club or activity that most appeals to you. 
 
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Real Russian Resources- Reading, Listening and Watching
21.11.2017 15:01
learn russian, resources, media
484
Real Russian Resources- Reading, Listening and Watching
In previous posts, we've looked at some websites and materials aimed at learners of Russian. While these are invaluable resources, they have their limitations. To really learn the language, you need to listen to and read a lot in "real" Russian aimed at native speakers. The good news is there is an endless amount of listening and reading material in Russian available for free online about any topic you can imagine, and everyone can find something that interests and motivates them if they know where to look.
 
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Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg
15.11.2017 16:50
stpetersburg, architecture, cathedrals, attractions, history
598
Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg
Among the most important attractions (or, everyone's favorite Russian word, достопримечательности) in Saint Petersburg are its cathedrals and churches, each with a different style and story. Read more about five of the most important cathedrals in the city.
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Dostoyevsky: Life and Quotes
10.11.2017 17:58
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
364
Dostoyevsky: Life and Quotes
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky is considered one of the greatest and most significant writers, not only of Russia, but of the world. Find out what's on in Saint Petersburg to  celebrate the 196th anniversary of his birth (November 11), learn about his life and read ten of his most famous quotes, in Russian with their translations. Crime and Punishment might still above your Russian level, but see if you can understand something from these quotes! 
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Popular Russian Music: November Concerts in Saint Petersburg
09.11.2017 17:02
stpetersburg, artandculture, music, events
472
Popular Russian Music: November Concerts in Saint Petersburg
Not only is music the international language, it's also a great way to learn a foreign language! Listening to music in Russian can help improve your listening, your vocabulary and even your grammar - the lyrics will get stuck in your head in the correct cases and conjugations. 
 
In this post, we'll look at three popular Russian artists who all have concerts in Saint Petersburg this month (Градусы, Ленинград and Баста). Get a taste of their music, read some of their lyrics in Russian with their translation, and find out where to buy tickets if you want to see them live. 
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Ivan Turgenev: Life and Quotes
07.11.2017 17:27
onthisday, culture, literature
715
Ivan Turgenev: Life and Quotes

The Russian realist writer Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev was born on November 9, 1818. In honor of his 199th birthday, read about his life and ten of his most famous quotes in Russian and English! 

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Great YouTube Channels for Studying Russian
02.11.2017 14:29
russian, resources, grammar, learning, listening
628
Great YouTube Channels for Studying Russian
YouTube is a goldmine of resources for learning foreign languages, and Russian is no exception. In this post, we recommend six specific channels for Russian learners. Read the descriptions, watch sample clips, and decide for yourself which ones will be most helpful and interesting to you. 
 
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Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
30.10.2017 14:06
stpetersburg, events, history, onthisday, holidays
559
Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
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Guide to Buying Theater Tickets in Saint Petersburg
27.10.2017 16:57
stpetersburg, artandculture, ballet, theater, howto,
454
Guide to Buying Theater Tickets in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, known as the Cultural Capital of Russia, is world-renouned for its performing arts. Even tourists who spend just a few hours here on a cruise stop make a point to try to see a ballet or an opera at the famous theaters such as Mariinsky Theater or Mikhailovsky Theater. While you're studying here, it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity to see a performance for youself! In this post, we'll look at how to buy theater tickets and avoid tourist traps. 
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The Best Resources for Writing in Russian
24.10.2017 17:55
russian, resources, writing, learning
594
The Best Resources for Writing in Russian
In this post, we'll look at resources to help get you writing in Russian, from learning the Cyrillic alphabet all the way to writing paragraphs that will be corrected by native speakers, for free! 
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Saint Petersburg Metro - FAQs
20.10.2017 15:43
stpetersburg, dailylife, transportation
449
Saint Petersburg Metro - FAQs
Public transportation in Saint Petersburg is well developed and easy to use. It includes the metro (метро or метрополитен), buses (автобус), trams (трамвай), trolleys (троллейбус), route taxis (маршрутка), and electric local trains (электричка). There are also trains (поезд) to other cities. In this post, we'll discuss important things to know about the metro system and how to use it. Other methods of transportation will be covered in a future post.
 
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Three Great (and Free!) Online Resources for Russian Language Learners and How to Get the Most Out of Them
16.10.2017 15:38
russian, tobecontinued,
830
Three Great (and Free!) Online Resources for Russian Language Learners and How to Get the Most Out of Them
While you'll certainly learn a lot of Russian in class, it's even more important to practice and build on what you learn outside of class. Whether you're thinking about coming to Russia, studying here now, or already back home, there are countless ways to improve your Russian with the help of the single greatest foreign language learning tool ever invented: the internet. 
 
In this series, we'll help you sort through some of the best resources available for Russian language learners and give you some tips for how to make the most of them so that the time you spend studying Russian is as efficient and as enjoyable as possible. 
 
In this first post of the series, we'll introduce you to three resources that will allow you to 1) learn to type quickly in Russian, 2) look up any grammatical form of any Russian word, and 3) quickly translate any word on any website in Russian and make flashcards of new vocabulary. 
 
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Russian Cell Phones FAQs
16.10.2017 14:24
stpetersburg, dailylife,
416
Russian Cell Phones FAQs
Students frequently ask about cell phones (моби́льный телефо́н) and SIM cards (сим-ка́рта) in Russia: How do they get one? How much do they cost? Is it worth it? Read on to find out.
 
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The last week of fountains in Peterhof
10.10.2017 15:46
stpetersburg, history, culture, excursions,
601
The last week of fountains in Peterhof
With more than 150 spectacular fountains, 32 museums, and over 400 hectares of parks and gardens, Peterhof Palace Complex is one of the most popular attractions around Saint Petersburg, and for good reason! This past Saturday, our students got to see the splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage Site for themselves on an unforgetable excursion organized by Derzhavin Institute.
 
If you missed it, don't worry - there's still another week before the fountains turn off for the winter, and after that, the entrance to the Lower Gardens is free of charge. Learn more about Peterhof and what you can see there. 
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Marina Tsvetaeva - Life and Quotes
06.10.2017 17:44
literature, reading, culture, authors, onthisday, history
601
Marina Tsvetaeva - Life and Quotes
This Sunday (October 8th) would be the 125th birthday of Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), one of the most important Russian poets of the 20th century. In her memory, learn about her life and read ten of her most famous quotes in Russian and in English. Which quote is your favorite? 
 
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Saint Petersburg on Two Wheels
05.10.2017 17:09
stpetersburg,
501
Saint Petersburg on Two Wheels
With its wide streets and flat terrain, Saint Petersburg is a great place to get around on bicycle. It's already starting to get colder, but winter isn't here yet! So hurry up and take advantage of the fall weather to explore the sights and see the city from a different perspective. Learn where and how to go biking in Saint Petersburg. 
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Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.
04.10.2017 16:02
stpetersburg, culture, history
446
Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.

Founded by Catherine the Great and boasting over 4 million paintings, sculptures, documents, artifacts, and other items, the Hermitage Museum is the largest collection of art in Russia and one of the largest in the world. It is well worth a visit any time, but if you don't have plans, consider going this Thursday - the first Thursday of every month is free to all visitors.

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Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid When Speaking Russian (Part 1)
21.09.2017 14:46
learningrussian, mistakes, tobecontinued, pronunciation,
832
Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid When Speaking Russian (Part 1)

There are endless advantages to learning Russian. It can lead to more career opportunities, it can help you when you travel, it can even help keep your brain healthy for longer. But, that’s not to say that learning Russian doesn’t come without its difficulties. Whether you’ve only just started learning Russian, or you’ve been learning it for a few years, you’ll know how easy it is to get mixed up and make a mistake. We’ve gathered some of our favourite mistakes and have listed them below - hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll avoid making these (often embarrassing) mistakes in the future!

There are endless advantages to learning Russian. It can lead to more career opportunities, it can help you when you travel, it can even help keep your brain healthy for longer. But, that’s not to say that learning Russian doesn’t come without its difficulties. Whether you’ve only just started learning Russian, or you’ve been learning it for a few years, you’ll know how easy it is to get mixed up and make a mistake. We’ve gathered some of our favourite mistakes and have listed them below - hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll avoid making these (often embarrassing) mistakes in the future!

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Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!
19.09.2017 14:22
stpetersburg, cafes, culture, history, moscow, coffee, newplaces
617
Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!

Forget your 300 rouble lattes or mochas - a time café can offer you much more for your money! Read on to find what exactly a 'time café' is, where the idea came from, and where to find such places in Saint Petersburg!

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Unusual Russian Idioms: Do not make an elephant out of a fly!
15.09.2017 16:37
learnrussian, russian, idioms,
1238
Unusual Russian Idioms: Do not make an elephant out of a fly!

Although remembering idioms is not always that easy, you cannot deny that idioms are one of the more interesting parts of learning a new language. We have collected for you some of the more unusual idioms and idiomatic phrases, as well as trivia related to each of them. Enjoy!

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Winter is coming - get ready!
14.09.2017 16:32
stpetersburg, weather, winter, russian, words, phrases
528
Winter is coming - get ready!

There’s no denying it - the weather in St. Petersburg is….challenging (to put it lightly). If you’ve come (or are planning to come) to Derzhavin Institute in Saint Petersburg to study, you’ll need to start thinking about how to survive the cold winter months in the city. The temperatures can drop to as low as minus 30 degrees celsius, and snow can start to fall as early as October (in 2016, the first snowfall happened on October 26th). Therefore, we recommend getting acquainted with some winter vocabulary and stocking up on winter clothing in advance!

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Bon Appétit! // Priyatnovo Appetita! // Приятного аппетита!
12.09.2017 15:08
food, drink, culture
598
Bon Appétit! // Priyatnovo Appetita! // Приятного аппетита!

If it’s your first time in Russia, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the seemingly strange dishes on display at canteens and cafes. We hope that after reading this post these feelings of yours will disappear and you will be inspired to try some Russian delicacies!

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On this day in 1941: Nazi Germany began their 872-day Siege on Leningrad
08.09.2017 16:58
stpetersburg, history, culture, poetry, onthisday, leningrad
501
On this day in 1941: Nazi Germany began their 872-day Siege on Leningrad

On this day in 1941, the Germans began their 872-day Siege on the city of Leningrad, as part of their effort to bring down the Eastern Front in World War II.

 
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The Annual Closing Ceremony of the Peterhof Fountains: A Journey Beyond The Three Seas
07.09.2017 17:26
stpetersburg, events, peterhof, culture
800
The Annual Closing Ceremony of the Peterhof Fountains: A Journey Beyond The Three Seas

Next week, a festival will take place at Peterhof to celebrate the closing of its fountains. This annual event is always a hit amongst tourists and tickets are limited. This is why we have written this post - to give you plenty of time to plan your trip!

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On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards
05.09.2017 16:40
stpetersburg, culture, history, onthisday
557
On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards

Peter the Great brought about many radical changes during his reign. But why exactly did he want his people to stop having beards? Read this post to find out the answer to this question!

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Sergei Dovlatov: The Popular Soviet Emigre Writer
01.09.2017 15:45
onthisday, culture, literature
581
Sergei Dovlatov: The Popular Soviet Emigre Writer

The 3rd of September marks the 76th birthday of Sergei Dovlatov, a writer who rose to fame in the West during the 1970s but who, very sadly, died far too young at the age of 49. Read this post to find out more about Dovlatov, including information about a forthcoming film about the author!

 
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Happy Day of Knowledge! // С Днём Знаний!
31.08.2017 17:24
festival, school, learning, culture
558
Happy Day of Knowledge! // С Днём Знаний!

Every year on the 1st September, Russia celebrates the ‘Day of Knowledge’ (День Знаний). The holiday bears such a name due to the fact that the day marks the end of summer, the beginning of autumn and, most importantly, the new academic year for students. In other words, the season of long summer days at the Dacha (summerhouse) has ended, and a new year of early-wakeups and homework has begun!

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This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea
29.08.2017 16:14
stpetersburg, coffee, tea, culture, history
535
This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea

This weekend, the International Festival of Coffee and Tea will come to St. Petersburg! In preparation for this event, read this article to learn more about Russia’s tea and coffee traditions! You can also find a copy of the festival’s programme in English at the bottom of this post.

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Six films to watch on this year’s ‘Day of Russian Cinema’
25.08.2017 18:38
films, learning russian, Russian Language
818
Six films to watch on this year’s ‘Day of Russian Cinema’

Cinema has always been an important aspect of Russian culture. Lenin is said to have asserted that, of all the art forms, the most important of all was that of cinema («... вы должны твердо помнить, что из всех искусств для нас важнейшим является кино»). 

The Day of Russian Cinema (День российского кино) falls every year on the 27th of August. On this very day in 1919, Vladimir Lenin signed a decree that declared the nationalisation of the country’s cinematic and photographic industries. In 1979 - 60 years after this event -, the day was declared a national holiday; from then on, the ‘Day of Soviet Cinema’ (the name, of course, changed after the collapse of the USSR in 1991) would be celebrated every year on the 27th of August.

If you’re looking to improve your Russian and also want to find out more about Russian and Soviet culture, then watching a Russian film is the perfect way to do this! There are countless films that you could watch and several genres and time periods to choose from. To inspire you, here is a list of six films that might take your fancy:

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Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg
23.08.2017 14:13
stpetersburg, culture, festivals, summer, literature, onthisday
835
Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg

Have you ever seen a ship with bright red sails, sailing along the Neva river? Do you know why this ship makes an appearance every June in St. Petersburg? Alas, all will become clear by the end of this post!

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The Ten Best Places in Saint-Petersburg for Vegetarians
18.08.2017 17:29
stpetersburg, food, vegetarian
714
The Ten Best Places in Saint-Petersburg for Vegetarians

Being a vegetarian while living abroad can be difficult. Sometimes, it can feel like the only thing on the menu for you is a plate of Овощи гриль (grilled vegetables). But you need not worry if you’re living in Saint-Petersburg - the city is full of fantastic vegetarian (and even vegan) restaurants and cafes. All you have to do is find them!

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The Best Green Spots in Saint Petersburg
16.08.2017 16:52
stpetersburg, parks, summer
611
The Best Green Spots in Saint Petersburg

Now that summer has (finally) arrived in Saint Petersburg, it’s worth taking a short trip to one of the many beautiful parks that the city has to offer. Despite being a bustling metropolis, the city is full of green spaces, many of which come with their own interesting history. 

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Musei San Pietroburgo (1)
10.08.2017 16:57
#SanPietroburgo #guida #musei
434
Musei San Pietroburgo (1)

Capitale culturale del Paese, con quasi 5 milioni di abitanti, San Pietroburgo offre una vastissima ed unica gamma di Musei.

Appassionati o meno dell'arte, queste magnifiche esposizioni offrono davvero di tutto e non assistere alla loro magnificenza sarebbe un gran peccato.

Ecco per voi una lista di musei assolutamente da visitare a San Pietroburgo!

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Mercato Kuznechny
12.07.2017 18:08
#SanPietroburgo #mercato
479
Mercato Kuznechny

Capitale culturale del Paese, con quasi 5 milioni di abitanti, San Pietroburgo offre una vastissima ed unica gamma di Musei.

Appassionati o meno dell'arte, queste magnifiche esposizioni offrono davvero di tutto e non assistere alla loro magnificenza sarebbe un gran peccato.

Ecco per voi una lista di musei assolutamente da visitare a San Pietroburgo!

 

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Le affascinanti residenze degli Zar
29.06.2017 16:39
#SanPietroburgo #guida
1224
Le affascinanti residenze degli Zar

Sotto la giurisdizione della città di San Pietroburgo sono situate numerose residenze imperiali edificate per volere degli Zar, ancora oggi inequiparabili capolavori di splendore e magnificenza.

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CONFEDERATION CUP 2017
31.05.2017 12:56
#football #sport #stpetersburg
575
CONFEDERATION CUP 2017

La decima edizione della Fifa Confederations Cup, si disputerà in Russia dal 17 Giugno al 2 Luglio, come prova generale dei Mondiali 2018.

Il torneo prevede la partecipazione di 8 squadre:

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Погода - Che tempo fa a San Pietroburgo?
04.05.2017 18:05
#meteo #SanPietroburgo #guida
623
Погода - Che tempo fa a San Pietroburgo?

Uno dei principali temi da affrontare prima di intraprendere un viaggio a San Pietroburgo è sicuramente relativo al clima.

Cosa dovrei portare con me? Quali temperature dovrò affrontare? Se lo chiedono in molti e per questo speriamo di esservi utili con questa breve guida!

 

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9 Maggio – Giorno della Vittoria
02.05.2017 15:08
Giorno della Vittoria, st. petersburg, 9 Maggio
1376
9 Maggio – Giorno della Vittoria

Il 9 Maggio è un giornata di festa nazionale in Russia in cui viene celebrato uno dei più grandi trionfi militari della sua storia: la vittoria sulla Germania nazista nella seconda Guerra Mondiale.

Il “День Победыossia il “Giorno della Vittoria” è quindi una ricorrenza molto sentita e un'occasione per rendere onore ai caduti e veterani di guerra attraverso le trionfali Parate della Vittoria che si svolgono in tutte le grandi città della Russia.

Nelle principali vie e piazze, chiuse ai trasporti, le celebrazioni vengono accompagnate dall'esibizione di ritratti dei padri e nonni che hanno valorosamente preso parte alla guerra e con il sudore ed il sangue hanno conquistato la vittoria.

Essendo la festa più amata dai cittadini e la più importante del calendario russo è opportuno spiegare il suo svolgimento nelle due principali città della Nazione: Mosca e San Pietroburgo

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An Abundance of Bands in Russia
17.04.2017 17:19
Music, Rock, Metal, Rap, Pop, St Petersburg, Serebro, Kino, Master, Timati, Leningrad, Russia
1020
An Abundance of Bands in Russia

One of the best ways to get to know a language is to listen to music from that country. Russia, being such a large country, has a massive range of genres, from Tchaikovsky to Timati; from Mussorgky to Master; from Shostakovich to Serebro, to name but a few...

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My Scarlet Sails Soirée
12.04.2017 15:07
St Petersburg, White Nights, Festival, Summer, Boat
1009
My Scarlet Sails Soirée

If you are fortunate to have visited St Petersburg during the summer you'll notice 2 things. 1, the sun never really goes down all the way and it remains light for weeks, giving this period the name 'White Nights' (Белые ночи). And 2, there are many festivities one can attend as a result of this, such as Ballet at the Marinksy Theatre and Concert Hall or carnivals in the suburbs around St Petersburg. But perhaps the most famous festival of all during this time is The Scarlet Sails celebrationIf you are fortunate to have visited St Petersburg during the summer you'll notice 2 things....

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My Banya Bonanza
05.04.2017 17:53
banya, russia, st.petersburg,
882
My Banya Bonanza

During my last trip to St Petersburg, I was lucky enough to experience first hand the Russian Banya. I was unsure at first but eventually, after some convincing from my veteran Banya-going friend from France, I decided to give it a try. A group of 6 of us from 5 different countries arrived at Vladimirskaya metro station and went straight to the shops to buy beer and snacks (My personal favourites being Baltika 7, dried calamari rings and anchovies). Following this, we entered the unassuming building and I saw that there were many floors, each housing a different method of relaxation, like...

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Les Ponts - Мосты
31.03.2017 17:39
Petersburg
802
Les Ponts - Мосты

Il y en a de tous les styles différents, des grands et des petits, des beaux (beaucoup) et des moins beaux, des anciens comme des modernes, ils font parties de l´histoire de la ville, certains s´ouvrent et ils enjambent tous une étendue d´eau : vous l´aurez compris nous parlons aujourd´hui des ponts de Saint-Pétersbourg. 

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La grande Pâque russe - Пасха
30.03.2017 15:41
Пасха
830
La grande Pâque russe - Пасха

A ne pas manquer le week-end du 16 avril...

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Une journée à Derzhavin
27.03.2017 17:15
Derzhavin
525
Une journée à Derzhavin

Curieux à l`idée de savoir comment se déroule une journée à l`Institut Derzhavin? Ou bien vous y avez déjà été étudiant et vous souhaitez tout simplement vous rappeler quelques bons souvenirs? Voici pour vous, en quelques lignes, la description d`une journée comme une autre à l`école de langue.

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Le hockey sur glace en Russie: Une affaire de spécialistes
23.03.2017 14:09
Ice Hockey
539
Le hockey sur glace en Russie: Une affaire de spécialistes

Deuxième ligue et troisième équipe nationale du monde, la Russie voue une véritable passion au hockey sur glace. Aller voir un match est très certainement une expérience inoubliable.

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La culture russe (2ème partie): Entre coutumes et superstitions
21.03.2017 17:09
Coutumes
732
La culture russe (2ème partie): Entre coutumes et superstitions

Aussi étonnant que cela puisse paraître, la culture russe n`est pas si éloignée de la nôtre, toutefois celle-ci possède de nombreuses particularités et la superstition y occupe une place non-négligeable.

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Savez-vous qui est G. R. Derjavine?
17.03.2017 17:01
Derjavine
768
Savez-vous qui est G. R. Derjavine?

Illustre poète Russe du XVIIIème, Derjavine compte parmi ceux qui ont donné à la langue russe ses lettres de noblesse. Il est aussi celui qui a donné son nom à notre Institut, un choix qui n`est pas dénué de toute logique... Mais le connaissez-vous vraiment? 

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La culture russe (1ère partie): les festivités
15.03.2017 15:28
Russie Culture
631
La culture russe (1ère partie): les festivités

La culture russe est riche et se décline de bien des façons. Voici un bref tour d`horizon des principales festivités.

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Pourquoi un séjour à Saint-Pétersbourg est une expérience unique ?
13.03.2017 14:44
Saint-Petersbourg
787

Intéressé ou le cœur déjà conquis à l`idée d`un séjour dans la capitale culturelle de ce vaste pays qu`est la Russie ? Voici quelques éléments qui vous donneront à coup sûr l`envie d`y réfléchir.

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Mondiali di calcio 2018
24.02.2017 17:02
Mondiali di calcio 2018
897

In Russia dal 14 giugno al 15 luglio 2018

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Superstizioni russe
16.02.2017 18:43
Superstizioni russe
2544

Come molti altri popoli, anche i russi credono nelle superstizioni!

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"La festa degli uomini"
13.02.2017 18:24
Ауыеф вупдш гщьштш
1320

 

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RIVOLUZIONE RUSSA 1917-2017
09.02.2017 18:49
Rivoluzione Russa 1917
991

A febbraio il centenario 

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Il Carnevale russo - Mасленица
08.02.2017 18:00
Carnevale russo
1293

Quest`anno tra il 20 e il 26 Febbraio 2017

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Le Notti Bianche
06.02.2017 01:43
Notti Bianche
767

Le avete mai viste?


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Scioglilingua russi
02.02.2017 18:00
Scioglilingua
4761

 

Troppo facile il russo?

Qui alcuni divertenti scioglilingua con i video allegati

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Canzoni popolari russe
31.01.2017 18:48
Canzoni popolari
4448

 

Uno dei metodi per studiare una lingua e conoscere la cultura di un popolo!

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Крещение
19.01.2017 10:29
588

Что делают эти люди?!?

 

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10 Motivi per venire a San Pietroburgo
16.12.2016 18:16
Saint-Petersburg
1026

Tornerete una seconda volta!

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Capodanno e Natale (7 Gennaio) in Russia
08.12.2016 15:59
Natale e Capodanno in Russia
1097

Anche voi sarete in Russia durante le festività?

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Баня
01.12.2016 16:24
Saint-Petersburg, in italiano
811

La mia esperienza alle "Banja". Scopriamo insieme la saune russe!

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Packing List for Travel to Russia -2
25.11.2016 15:42
live in Russia
1322

Today we will help you to choose clothes for your trip to Saint-Petersburg and learn clothes in Russian!

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Packing List for Travel to Russia
14.11.2016 15:11
live in Russia
1556

If you are planning your trip to Derzhavin institute, don`t worry: Russia is a civilized country, and you could buy everything you need here.  In Saint-Petersburg we have a lot of 24 hours` supermarkets, so you could buy all necessary cosmetics, food, and even clothes on your arrival. So you don`t need to take kilograms of unnecessary things with you. But there are some things that you`ve better to take with you. Here you could find a packing list for your trip. 

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Самые известные фразы из мультфильмов
07.11.2016 15:48
832

Слышали ли вы когда-нибудь эти фразы, откуда они?

«Кто ходит в гости по утрам, тот поступает мудро».

«Ну, заяц, погоди!»

«Ты заходи, если что!»

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Что бы было понятно
20.09.2016 16:49
Russian Language, common phrases, settling in, dealing with fast talkers, useful vocabulary
904

If your visit to the Derzhavin Institute will be your first time in a Russian speaking country it's be a good idea to get acquainted with some of the common phrases that'll you'll hear when you're out and about before you arrive. 

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Еще одна сложность в русской граматике
15.09.2016 14:32
Russian Language, difficulties, plural and singular, verb conjugation, grammatical agreement, grammar
1009
Еще одна сложность в русской граматике

Today we'll be looking at majorities, minorities and numbers, and why they're all incredibly confusing!

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В Питере есть - часть два
09.09.2016 15:06
Saint Petersburg, restaurants, food, quick meals, Russian Cuisine, Soviet propaganda, chips, Amsterdam, Japanese food, Ice cream
870

Today we look at good places to make a pit stop in the city centre...

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Первые одиннацать петербургских слов
05.09.2016 14:22
Russian Language, regional differences, bread, food, turtleneck, kiosks, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, lexical differences
1093
Первые одиннацать петербургских слов

Whether your aim is to sound like a native of St Petersburg or the opposite - to keep your Russian clear and region neutral - here are some words you should know about...

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Загадка котов
30.08.2016 15:18
Russian Language, difficulties, genetive case, grammar rules, cats
864
Загадка котов

Everyone knows that, whilst Russian grammar can be very complicated, it normally follows strict, logical rules with only a few exceptions. This is not really one of those cases...

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Кофейное Задание
24.08.2016 17:12
Saint Petersburg, food, drink, cafe, homework
930

I you prefer to get your homework done with a cup of something warm in your hand you'll want to check out these reviews.

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Места где можно загадовать желания
18.08.2016 15:39
Saint Petersburg, statues, Admiralty, Hermitage, cats, rabbits, birds, Chizhik Pizhik, the Photographer, Ostap Bender, wishes.
942
Места где можно загадовать желания

Here's the definitive list of places to visit in St Petersburg if you`re looking for a bit of extra, supernatural assistance with Russian, finances or life in general.

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Пять трудностей русского языка
17.08.2016 14:50
Russian Language, difficulties, cognates, cases, sentence structure, verbal aspect, verbs of motion, global languages, literature and the arts
958

I think few people would argue with me if I said that Russian is a pretty difficult language to learn It’s only natural therefore, that all students of Russian encounter difficulties in their studies at some point...

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Всё про метро
12.08.2016 15:14
St Petersburg, metro, trains, travel, transport, zhetons, остарожно двери закрываются
954

If you want to get around St Petersburg quickly, cheaply and easily you`ll want to get to know the metro...

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Где можно купить сувениры в Санкт Петербурге? Часть 2
10.08.2016 14:28
Saint Petersburg, souvenirs, books, Matryoshka, Khokloma, Shkatulka
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In today`s post I`ll be asnwering two questions: where to buy gifts for fellow students of Russian and where to buy more traditional souvenirs.

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В Питере - есть, часть 1
08.08.2016 14:16
Saint Petersburg, restaurants, food, pizza, Armenian cuisine, Russian Cuisine
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Putting the spotlight on some of the best places to eat in St Pete`s.

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День военно-морского флота
05.08.2016 16:09
Saint Petersburg, Navy Day, ships, sailors, Peter and Paul Fortress, Noon gun, parade, music, flags, fireworks, rain, water
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And where were you on Navy day?

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Про Крыши и Этажи
01.08.2016 21:56
St Petersburg, Art, Russian, Etazhi, gallery, modern art, relaxation, food, shopping, sightseeing
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Про Крыши и Этажи

How do you find peace and quiet in a major city? You go up.

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В Москву, или нет?
20.07.2016 16:11
Moscow, tourism, entertainment, food and drink, shopping, parks, architecture, advice
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В Москву, или нет?

If you`re going to be studying in Derzhavin for a while, let`s say more than a month, you might be considering a trip to Moscow for a change of scenery...

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Где можно купить сувениры в Санкт Петербурге?
19.07.2016 16:53
Saint Petersburg, souvenirs, food, drink, shopping, Eliseevskii, Russia, eating, cafe
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Где можно купить сувениры в Санкт Петербурге?

If you've ever walked down Nevskii Prospect you've probably already seen the Eliseevskii emporium. If you haven't, you're sure to notice it the first time you do...

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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 3
18.07.2016 17:24
Saint Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress, Noon gun, Peter and Paul Cathedral
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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 3

According to the weather forecast, Sunday was meant to be another day of the kind of wetness and gloom I had hoped to escape when I left England...

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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 2
15.07.2016 16:21
Saint Petersburg, Pushkin, Tsarskoe Selo, Catherine Palace, Rastrelli
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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 2

After spending the previous night seeing one the more unusual attractionside which St Petersburg has to offer I spent the next day on a rather more traditional trip...

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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 1
13.07.2016 01:15
St Petersburg, Art, Russian, Pushkinskaya 10, gallery, street art, Russian Language
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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 1

This weekend was the first of many that I will be spending in Saint Petersburg during my three month stay at the Derzhavin institute. Due to the torrential rain which had been assailing the city all week, I had less of a chance than I would have liked for sightseeing. With relatively good weather forecast for the weekend I was determined to make up for lost time....

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