Time to Say Goodbye, До Свидания Moscow!

Time to Say Goodbye, До Свидания Moscow!
12 August 2016

It’s time for me to say goodbye, seven weeks in Moscow have come to an end.

Moscow is a city that definitely grows on you. At first it really didn’t seem like a place where I wanted to spend 5 weeks of my summer. However, in the end I stayed even longer, extending my stay by two weeks!

I had the opportunity to live with a Russian family for 6 weeks. I experienced first hand Russian hospitality, and some interesting outlooks on the world. As I extended my stay at short notice, my last week was spent in a shared flat. This was a great experience bonding with other students. I was lucky to live with 3 Italians – I never had to cook! It was surprising how often we spoke Russian together too. Although, whether our conversations were really Russian, rather than a new Russian, Italian, and English creole that only we understand, I’m not so sure.

I can’t thank enough all the teachers and staff at Liden & Denz for their help and for such enjoyable lessons. 4 hours of lessons each day can really exhaust you, but the teachers always make it interesting, so that you concentrate from the first minute to the last.

7 weeks is nowhere near enough time to master Russian. I still make many grammar mistakes and it still feels at times that Russians are speaking at a million miles an hour. Nevertheless, I’m really happy with my progress, and how much more I understand.

I’m not sure when I can come back to Moscow. All I know is that I definitely will. The city makes all the time spent trying to sort out a visa completely worth it!

До свидания!

Lawrence Toye, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz Moscow

Posted by Lawrence Toye

Привет Everyone! My name is Lawrence, I’m 21, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, and I’m pleased to say I’m the new social media intern at Liden&Denz Moscow for the next 5 weeks. This is only my first day in Moscow, so I still have so much to see and take in! I love learning languages and spent last year living in the Middle East and studying Arabic. When I started studying at politics and economics at university last September, I couldn’t resist doing a language course alongside. Even though I could’ve probably picked an easier language, I felt Russian would be the most rewarding. I was right! Despite the frequently confusing grammar, in particular the cases, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As I’ve finished university for the summer, I decided to come here to to Liden&Denz to improve my Russian, and learn more about Russian culture. This is only my first full day in Russia, and I’m really excited to write about my thoughts, insights, and experiences of Moscow and learning Russian.

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