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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
228
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
243
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
304
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
292
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: Rus
28.06.2018 15:21
Russian Language, History of Rusian, Origins, Reforms, Vocabulary, Glagolic Script, Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, Kievian Rus
342
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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Лето / Leto
14.06.2018 17:00
Saint Peterbsurg, Films, Cinema, Leto, Soviet Rock, Kino, Victor Tsoi, Zoopark
250
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
295
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,
314
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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Новая Голландия / New Holland
31.05.2018 16:50
Saint Petersburg, New Holland, shops, restaurants, clubs, concerts, events, ice cream, architecture
296
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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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
536
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
385
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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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,
252
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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Ночь Музеев (Long Night of Museums)
10.05.2018 16:43
Saint Petersburg, Long Night of Museums, Culture, Things to Do, Events
338
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
281
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
381
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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Gogol: Life and Quotes
29.03.2018 14:27
stpetersburg, culture, onthisday
432
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
349
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
422
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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A Tale of Two Capitals: Moscow and Saint Petersburg
14.03.2018 14:20
history, stpetersburg, Moscow, culture
894
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
408
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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Anna Akhmatova: Life and works
05.03.2018 15:26
stpetersburg, literature, onthisday, culture, quotes
416
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
556
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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And the winner is...
18.12.2017 14:14
stpetersburg, news, travel, tourism
582
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,
524
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
739
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
1024
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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Cathedrals of Saint Petersburg
15.11.2017 16:50
stpetersburg, architecture, cathedrals, attractions, history
810
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
615
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
656
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
989
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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Unity Day - What is it and how will Saint Petersburg celebrate?
30.10.2017 14:06
stpetersburg, events, history, onthisday, holidays
838
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,
723
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 last week of fountains in Peterhof
10.10.2017 15:46
stpetersburg, history, culture, excursions,
824
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
947
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
621
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
900
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
753
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
817
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
854
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
748
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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Alexander Grin and the Scarlet Sails of Saint-Petersburg
23.08.2017 14:13
stpetersburg, culture, festivals, summer, literature, onthisday
1278
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 Best Green Spots in Saint Petersburg
16.08.2017 16:52
stpetersburg, parks, summer
786
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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An Abundance of Bands in Russia
17.04.2017 17:19
Music, Rock, Metal, Rap, Pop, St Petersburg, Serebro, Kino, Master, Timati, Leningrad, Russia
1297
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
1223
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,
1093
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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La culture russe (2ème partie): Entre coutumes et superstitions
21.03.2017 17:09
Coutumes
941
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
928
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
775
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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Superstizioni russe
16.02.2017 18:43
Superstizioni russe
3784

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
1749

 

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RIVOLUZIONE RUSSA 1917-2017
09.02.2017 18:49
Rivoluzione Russa 1917
1188

A febbraio il centenario 

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Scioglilingua russi
02.02.2017 18:00
Scioglilingua
6329

 

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
6285

 

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

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Capodanno e Natale (7 Gennaio) in Russia
08.12.2016 15:59
Natale e Capodanno in Russia
1336

Anche voi sarete in Russia durante le festività?

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Самые известные фразы из мультфильмов
07.11.2016 15:48
983

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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Про Крыши и Этажи
01.08.2016 21:56
St Petersburg, Art, Russian, Etazhi, gallery, modern art, relaxation, food, shopping, sightseeing
1207
Про Крыши и Этажи

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

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