4 Most Common After Holiday Chit Chats

02 February 2017

4 Most Common After Holiday Chit Chats

Chit Chats and small talk are always there to fill the time in between classes. Here are my top 4 Chit Chats!

Well, living in Moscow and all – it does come up here and there in a conversation. Once I realised, or better said admitted, that the key to mastering Russian is time and practice my life became much easier. I make mistakes, yes – but I speak more confidently now. And, the more I speak, I notice that my fluency improves as well. Watching TV series, reading in Russian and speaking with natives helps a lot as well!

Hence, my strategy revolves around practice and immersing into the culture! The key is not to be afraid to speak and make mistakes!

  • Did you start working out?

To be honest, it is one of the most common questions I hear talking to friends and acquaintances in January, regardless in what country I find myself in. Unfortunately, working out is one thing you cannot hire anyone else to do it for you. You have to sweat it out on your own.

I think exercise is a very important habit, and internet is filled with useful videos of less than 30 minutes work-out routines. Personally, I like Jillian Michaels – her 30 minute workout routines are designed as full body workouts and they fit perfectly in a busy schedule. In my opinion, working out at home – if you have the space, saves a lot of time and money compared to going to the gym. There is a gym, for those interested, very close to the school. It is called World Class with a sauna and a swimming pool.

I’ve teamed up with Jillian a while back – and we’re working 4 days a week! In January, our meetings were interrupted by holidays, but February means back to business as usual. Summer is just around the corner – or so says the optimist in me. Moscow says otherwise.

  • Did you visit that museum you said you’d visit after the holidays?

I am mesmerised by art and the ability of people to pour their heart and soul out on canvas. Likewise, museum safeguard the history, and stories from the beginning of time. There is a wast choice of museums in Moscow.

If you visit one every week, perhaps you’d be able to put a mark on your list of accomplishments: “Visited every museum in Moscow”. There’s a piece on how to prepare for your museum visit. Now, wouldn’t that be a star on your resume?!

  • Which Russian writers are you going to read this year?

When in Russia, it is almost a given: discover your favourite Russian writer.

Did you read War and Peace yet ? Or have you even started…? For me, it is definitely not happening this year.
Nevertheless, I think Tolstoy wrote his books to be read during winter – while enjoying this magical season from the inside.

I am a bit off track when it comes to this since I am currently reading the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie.

Now it is the moment I can say luckily, the winter in Moscow is long – so I will have time to discover my favourite Russian writer.


This post was brought to you by Maja, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz

Posted by Maja

Hi everyone! I am an International Relations graduate venturing Moscow and absolutely enjoying the diversity this city has in store. Currently SEO intern at Liden&Denz, I'm learning Russian and exploring the world of marketing on this side of the planet. Big fan of coffee, mindful conversations and, of course, travelling! Cheers!

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