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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 is mentioned.

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“Everything should be beautiful in a person: their face and clothes, soul and thoughts.” These words, spoken by Doctor Astrov in the Chekovian play “Uncle Vanya”, are well known to every Russian.

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If reading War and Peace in the original is your goal to be achieved at the end of your Russian course, prepare to be patient and learn some French as well as Russian...

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Meaning of Russian Names

By Vlada Koroleva
Did you know that Vladimir means "owning the world" and Svetlana - a "woman of light"? Here is some interesting info that you may not learn in your Russian lessons but can impress your Russian friends with!

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Russian Surnames

By Vlada Koroleva
While learning Russian, working and socializing with Russians, reading Russian literature, we come across a lot of Russian surnames. This is an interesting subject that you will probably not touch upon in your Russian lessons. So here is a bit of information about our surnames.

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The first question that I ask my students in the very first lesson is - what do you know about the Russian Cyrillic script? The usual answer is – all we know is that it’s different, and we have to learn it! So, are there any tricks that would help learning it?

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"Pushkin is our everything." We, Russians, are so used to this phrase. But what does it mean? Why is Pushkin so important for the Russian language and literature? As a learner of Russian you will have to read some Pushkin sooner or later, and you will definitely be learning words and phrases coined by him.

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Changes in modern Russian

By Vlada Koroleva
How much does a language change over time? And should learners be aware of these changes? Here are a few observations about what is happening to Russian these days.

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Russian names

By Vlada Koroleva
Names are usually not given much attention in textbooks or Russian language lessons. But at the same time, the ability to understand them and to use them properly is very important for successful socialising and building up relationships.

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Russian superstitions

By Vlada Koroleva
Russians are a superstitious lot. You may not learn it in your Russian course, but beware: you will not be popular with a Russian host if you whistle in their house, or try to say good-bye or shake their hand over the threshold!

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Russian ways of address

By Vlada Koroleva
An important component of successful communication in a foreign language is to know how to address people you are talking to. You might know the right thing to say, but how do you start... So how do Russians address each other?

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Any typical beginner Russian course starts with the introduction of the Russian Cyrillic alphabet. Our students learn the printed letters, start reading in Russian (which is usually exciting!) and then discover that there is another form of the same alphabet - the handwritten one!

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Why is it that some people pick up a language really easily and then thrive in a foreign language environment, enjoying trying on new words, expressions, gestures, while others face an impenetrable language barrier?

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Syntax in a language is concerned with the study of the structure of a sentence. Subject, predicate, object - these are all syntax terms. A non-linguist may say - why do I need to know these terms? The thing is, in Russian they are rather important to understand because they help us use the complex but beautiful system of Russian grammar correctly and efficiently.

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Russian Grammar

By Vlada Koroleva
What should you know about learning Russian grammar if you are considering taking a Russian course? Here are the main features of Russian grammar that you need to be aware of, if you are about to start learning Russian.

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I'll tell you one of the greatest news for a foreign learner of Russian: the Russian language is practically uniform throughout the whole Russian speaking world!

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17 Travel Tips for Russia

By Vlada Koroleva
Going to Russia? Whether it is a pleasure or business trip, these tips will help you feel more comfortable while travelling in Russia. Some of the tips are applicable to Moscow only, since I am a Muscovite!

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Russian Pronunciation

By Vlada Koroleva
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 accent important?

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Russian cultural awareness training is one of the courses that we offer. These are the kind of questions that a Russian culture awareness course or a one-off presentation will be answering.

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Russian Vocabulary

By Vlada Koroleva
How many of all those words that you are trying to learn in Russian lessons, are actually Russian? And how many of them do you have to learn?

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What are the main facts about the Russian language – the language that we at Just Russian are striving to learn and teach? What should you expect if you have decided to learn Russian or if you’re just considering taking Russian lessons?

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What does it take to become a good linguist? The most important things for a good language learner are patience, practice and continuous effort.

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My experiences learning Russian

By One of Vlada's students
I’m a reluctant Russian learner. Actually, let me rephrase that: it was never my plan to learn Russian. I simply found it necessary after marrying a Russian woman.

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Sometimes our clients ask: do you have a lot of demand for Russian lessons? And who are the people taking Russian lessons in London? Here are the answers.

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What kind of progress can you expect to make when you start a Russian course? Here are the milestones you should pass as you progress in your Russian studies.

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How do we define the levels of language proficiency? Here are some general guidelines.

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Business Russian Courses

By Vlada Koroleva
Mastering business Russian would give you a great advantage when you are working with Russian speaking partners or clients. So what can you expect from a business Russian course?

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We often get requests for intensive Russian courses. The word "intensive" is associated with something quick, efficient, result-oriented. But what does the term "intensive" mean in practical terms of schedule, requirements and results?

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Thinking of learning Russian but uncertain about what that might involve? Here are some tips for complete beginners who are thinking of starting a Russian course.

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A typical worry of a learner at the beginning of a Russian course is that Russian is a difficult language. Here is an honest opinion of an experienced Russian teacher: it is and it isn't.

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Beginner Russian Course

By Vlada Koroleva
Planning to learn Russian as a beginner and not having a clue about what to expect? Here are a few notes from an expert.

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