21/05/2019
Discounts for beginner courses
Standard group course - 150 euro per week (for those who have already got a visa to Russia or do not need a visa to come to Russia)
30/04/2019
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We have already started the lessons from our new webinar package but it is still possible to join!
11/04/2019
Free webinar 18th April at 8.30 pm
Let`s talk about food in Russian easily! Level: A2 and higher
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
375
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
252
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
460
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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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
750
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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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
334
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
453
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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Russian Presidential Elections
16.03.2018 19:46
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
391
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
1082
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
504
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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Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg
15.11.2017 16:50
stpetersburg, architecture, cathedrals, attractions, history
898
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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Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
30.10.2017 14:06
stpetersburg, events, history, onthisday, holidays
921
Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
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The last week of fountains in Peterhof
10.10.2017 15:46
stpetersburg, history, culture, excursions,
899
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
1080
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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Visit the Hermitage Museum for free.
04.10.2017 16:02
stpetersburg, culture, history
679
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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Time cafés in Saint-Petersburg: Time is money!
19.09.2017 14:22
stpetersburg, cafes, culture, history, moscow, coffee, newplaces
1050
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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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
877
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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On this day in 1698: Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards
05.09.2017 16:40
stpetersburg, culture, history, onthisday
947
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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This weekend in St. Petersburg: The International Festival of Coffee and Tea
29.08.2017 16:14
stpetersburg, coffee, tea, culture, history
848
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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