Student interview: a Physiotherapist in Riga

Student interview: a Physiotherapist in Riga
06 December 2023

In this student interview, I spoke with physiotherapist, Leo, about his experience studying with Liden and Denz Riga. Here’s why he recommends the program here for any student looking for a total language immersion. 

Why study Russian?

A polyglot and competent speaker of Italian, German, English and French, Leo has always had a love for languages. At first, he started learning Russian online, then progressed with an online tutor, balancing language studies with his full-time role as a qualified physiotherapist and owner of a private clinic back home in Italy. 

What do you love most about Riga?

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Riga is best known for its stunning Art Nouveau architecture and distinct cultural heritage. If you’re looking for a break after classes, as well as an escape from the freezing temperatures, Leo recommends a trip to the banya, (баня). A firm favourite amongst students, traditional Russian banyas can be found in locations throughout the city and are the perfect place to relax after a long day of classes. Tickets there are relatively cheap and student discount is offered in most branches. I recommend reading Yeap’s article on banyas before visiting!

Why Liden and Denz?

The perfect choice for independent or online students like Leo, Liden and Denz Riga offers a total language immersion and comes accredited with an excellent reputation and authentic student reviews. An extrovert at heart, he stresses the many opportunities offered by the school to practise your conversational skills, particularly within the classroom setting. Thanks to the learning environment fostered by the school, in which students are encouraged to express themselves in Russian, there’s always an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the language. 

What advice do you have for other students?

Leo advises that total immersion is the fastest way to learn a language. A recurring theme echoed by students at Liden and Denz is the importance of broadening your vocabulary. Whilst grammar is of course essential, many students have found that it can incredibly difficult to express yourself fully with a limited vocabulary.

Watch here if you want to hear more about Leo’s time in Riga!

Darcie Peters, a student at Liden and Denz. 

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