Where can I study Russian in Russia?
Full immersion into the language environment in Petrozavodsk
There is no doubt that the Russian language is quite hard. Many beginners get scared with difficult grammar rules and even phonetics seems to be very deceptive. But don’t give up! There are so many ways to simplify your studying process. The best and the most effective way to start speaking Russian immediately without a fear is a full immersion into the language environment. Instead of spending long-lasting hours in a classroom pack your luggage and come to Russia!
Another well-known fact is that Russia is a big country. Therefore, many Russian language learners have a question “Where to go to learn Russian?” So many different factors have to be considered: logistics, location, weather and nature conditions, quality of education, leisure possibilities.
Today we are happy to share with you priceless information, which will help to make a decision.
Petrozavodsk.Have you heard about this city before?
“Enjoy Russian” School is situated in Petrozavodsk, a cozy city, located in the northwestern part of Russia, standing on the shores of Lake Onega. Petrozavodsk is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Karelia. It is not a very popular touristic destination like Moscow or Saint-Petersburg and you may haven’t heard about it before, but otherwise, that plays into your hands.
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Petrozavodsk is located about 1000 km north of Moscow, 400 km north-east of St. Petersburg, about 500 km east of Finnish capital – Helsinki. As a city of arrival, you can choose any from these points, even arrive in Helsinki within low-coast airlines from Europe. Spend two days in a way station and continue your trip by bus/train/plane. There are many options to get to Petrozavodsk for all tastes and budgets.
Moreover, such a perfect location makes possible to plan a trip of your dream, which will allow you to see so many different parts of Russia. As usual, our students do not miss such a chance and combine visiting several Russian cities in different directions. The nearest and the most popular destinations are Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Velikiy Novgorod. Experienced travelers and nature lovers prefer the north direction, where you can enjoy scenes of the white see, north wildlife and even aurora borealis.
Petrozavodsk will loosen your tongue!
Very often students, who go abroad study or travel and have an aim to improve their language, get disappointed, as locals are more likely to answer and talk to them in English. Nevertheless, it is not about Russia and not particularly about Petrozavodsk. The fact that the level of English language proficiency among Russians is low makes the informal part of the educational process fascinating. The smaller the city is, the lower the English language proficiency is (the population of Petrozavodsk is about 275,000).
Moreover, Russians are very happy to listen to foreigners speaking Russian. They will correct your mistakes and encourage you to continue to learn and talk!
One student from Italy said that the most talkative people in Petrozavodsk are taxi drivers. As soon as they realize that you are a foreigner speaking Russian (even a very little), they begin to ask you many questions and always say at the end “Your Russian is so good!”
Another booster of your knowledge is the urban environment. If in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg probably all names, signs, announcements, menus in cafes and descriptions are duplicated in English, in Petrozavodsk you will be forced to learn more new words every day. Even though tourism in this region is growing, locals tend to maintain their national culture. Petrozavodsk is a modern city, where you will find everything you need in everyday life: supermarkets, shopping centers, public transport, etc. However, there are still many national particularities and traits of “Real Russia”. Every day you will answer little challenges, get an unforgettable experience and feel like a superhero, speaking Russian.
No time to get bored!
Petrozavodsk is the capital of the Republic of Karelia. The Republic is famous for its nature, very often people call this place a land of boundless forests and countless lakes. There are more than 61 thousand lakes and 27,000 rivers in Karelia. Natural conditions create great possibilities for active and sports tourism like hiking, rafting, canoeing, swimming, skiing. If you are not fond of sport, you should experience how Russians relax at their dachas (countryside houses), go to banya and make shashlik (kind of barbeque). In addition to the free nature leisure facilities, you can discover Karelia through different organized excursions with professional guides. The top destinations among tourists are Kizhi island, the Monastery of Valaam and the Solovetsky Monastery,the waterfall Kivach, mountain park Ruskeala.
And let’s face the fact: we all like to save a little money. Petrozavodsk is a perfect place to do that! In comparison with big cities like Moscow and Saint-Petersburg life is cheaper, from the transport fares and to the tickets to the theatres. By the way, there are also many museums, theaters, and concerts for those who cannot imagine their life without cultural education. More information about cultural life in Petrozavodsk you can find in our blog.
To sum up, we highly recommend you to consider Petrozavodsk as a place to learn Russian from the very begging or master your skills, experience “Real Russia” in a language environment, to explore amazing nature, to make new friends and get a full immersion into Russian language and culture! Click here to find more information about “EnjoyRussian” school available programs.