Russian Pronunciation

By vlada ·
Starting to learn Russian as a foreign language, you may wonder - how important is it to sound authentic or at least respectably accurate when you speak? Is a good…

Expected progress in a Russian course

By vlada ·
What kind of progress can you expect to make when you start a Russian course? In this post, Vlada explains the milestones you should pass as you progress

Russian Easter

By vlada ·
More info on Russian culture from a Russian tutor in London, or something you will probably not hear about in your Russian lessons in London!

The Total Dictation in Russia

By vlada ·
Spelling in Russian is supposed to be easy, with the phonetic writing principle of one letter corresponding to one sound. But is it easy? Not really, once you go past…

The history of the numeral 40

By vlada ·
Let’s talk about the Russian language again – some of its everyday words surprise and puzzle foreign learners. Here is one of them - the simple numeral 40.

Old New Year - Старый Новый Год

By vlada ·
Every year, after the Christmas/New year holiday, around the middle of January, my students learning Russian in London ask me - what is the so-called "Old New Year" in Russia?…

Russian ways of address

By vlada ·
An important component of successful communication in a foreign languages is to know how to address people you are talking to. You might know the right thing to say, but…

Political Correctness in Russia

By vlada ·
In this day and age of political correctness in the West, you might assume it is coming to Russia… But is it?

Classical Russian Literature: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By vlada ·
«Am I a shivering little creature, or do I have the right?” These words, famously said by Rodion Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment, always come to my mind when Dostoyevsky…

Russian surnames

By vlada ·
Another interesting supplement your Russian lessons in London – the meaning and history of Russian surnames.