That Wasn’t Just Flying – It Was Flying With Style!

That Wasn’t Just Flying – It Was Flying With Style!
26 October 2016

That Wasn’t Just Flying – It Was Flying With Style!

It is my pleasure to present one of my schoolmates. He is probably one of the more active ones in class here at Liden & Denz in St. Petersburg. His name is Giles and he is from England.

Giles, when did you start studying Russian and why?

I started taking Russian classes in Secondary School. That’s when I developed a passion for Russian culture and history. I then continued studying Russian at the University of Bristol where I am currently doing my Bachelor’s degree in Languages.

Did you have a connection with Russia before, other than the fact that many Russians live in London?

No absolutely not. I am actually the first and, until last weekend, only person from my family who has ever been to Russia.

What do you think about the lessons here at Liden & Denz?

I like the studying atmosphere here at Liden & Denz. It is helping me to improve my Russian skills greatly. I have probably learned more here in a few months than during the two years at University. I am also really enjoying my time in this beautiful and historic city.

So what does it mean to study Russian at University?

Well, of course we have regular classes where we study grammar and so on, but the classes are very crowded and you don’t get to practice speaking. That’s what I appreciate here at Liden & Denz. The teachers are very professional and the small class size allows you to ask questions and to practice speaking.

At University it’s mostly about Russian Literature and Culture. The professors for Russian are usually Russians while the ones for Literature and History are mostly English.

What are your plans after the 3 months here in St. Petersburg?

I will move to Riga at the end of November, where I will continue studying Russian with Liden & Denz. Next year I will spend an exchange semester at the Tomsk State Polytechnic University as a part of my Bachelor studies. I am really looking forward to this experience and try to improve my Russian as much as possible.

And than you join the military right?

Yes, after my studies I will join the Army as an Officer. It’s a family tradition, so to speak; My father and my father’s father were also in the Armed Forces. I hope I will be able to make use of my Russian skills, either there or in a later, civilian, career. There are very few people in England who speak Russian, so it’s a valuable skill.

Last question, tell me about an interesting experience here in Russia?

Two weeks ago I had an amazing experience. My roommate and I jumped from a railway bridge. It’s the Russian way of doing bungee jumping, they call it a “Tarzanka” I think. That was an incredible adrenaline rush! It wasn’t flying, it was flying with style!


Matthias Thoeny, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz in St. Petersburg

Posted by Matthias Thoeny

My name is Matthias Thoeny and I am from Switzerland. I am studying Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. My mother tongue is German. I started learning Russian three years ago at university and continued self-studying. Last summer I already spent 7 weeks at Liden & Denz in St. Petersburg and I really enjoyed my stay in this beautiful environment. I started my Internship at Liden & Denz in Moscow in September and now I am working in St. Petersburg. I hope you enjoy reading my blog articles.

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