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Our native Russian teachers

Anna Shcherbakova

Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology, department of Russian as a Foreign Language.

With Liden & Denz since 2014

Favourite Russian film: Любит не любит

Favourite Russian book: Хождение по мукам (Алексей Толстой)

Favourite Russian band: Король и Шут

What I love about my job: I love my job in general, especially meeting new people, witnessing progress and being your guide through the difficult Russian grammar

Tatiana Alexeenkova

Herzen State Pedagogical University of Saint Petersburg, Faculty of Russian as a Foreign Language.

With Liden & Denz for more than 20 years

Favourite Russian filmКин-дза-дза

Favourite Russian book: Мастер и Маргарита (Булгаков)

What I love about my job: Working among people and the constant communication with students and colleagues

Garold Oganov

Pyatigorsk State University of Linguistics; Kuban State University, Faculty of Philology, Master’s Degree in Philology with qualification with honors in Teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language.

With Liden & Denz since 2015

Favourite Russian book: Между собакой и волком (Соколов)

Favourite Russian film: Жмурки

Favourite Russian band: Супермария

What I love about my job: when teaching my students, I learn more about my own language, since I am in the position to look at my native language with the eyes of a person who is unfamiliar with it. Not every native speaker can enjoy this unique opportunity.

Oksana Akileva

Moscow State University, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Regional Studies. Linguist and Specialist of Intercultural Communication.

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian book: Анна Каренина (Толстой) and Преступление и Наказание (Достоевский)

Favourite Russian film: Время Первых, a biography of Soviet cosmonauts

What I love about my job: the live communication and the interesting things I learn from people from different countries and cities. Every day at work is a trip around the world

Zlata Klimova

Herzen State Pedagogical University of Saint Petersburg, specialization with honors in teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language; Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology, diploma of Teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2004

Favourite Russian book: Анна Каренина (Толстой) and Казус Кукоцкого (Улицкая)

Favourite Russian film: Монолог

Favourite Russian band: Кино

What I love about my job: I like teaching my students to speak Russian correctly and elegantly and creating something new every lesson. I highly subscribe to the communicative approach 

Maria Gromova

Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology.

With Liden & Denz since 2015

Favourite Russian book: Доктор Живаго (Пастернак)

Favourite Russian film: Питер FM

What I love about my job: The opportunity to communicate with people of all kinds, learn about different cultures and tell about mine.

Anastasia Drobinina

Moscow City Pedagogical University and PhD with the Institute of Russian Language at the Russian Academy of Science

With Liden & Denz since 2008

Favourite Russian book/film/music: I love different things, depending on my mood. I appreciate new things, but I like going back to classics from time to time.

What I love about my job: meeting different interesting people. On the one hand you help students discover the little secrets of the Russian language, on the other hand I learn a lot from my students myself. The most pleasant words I heard from my students were “How interesting! Such a beautiful word! I feel like I’m starting to think in Russian”.

Igor Zlobin

Lenin Institute of Pedagogics, Faculty of Russian Language and Literature

With Liden & Denz since 2004

Favourite Russian book: since my specialization is Russian language and literature, I love so many different authors!

Favourite Russian film: I love Soviet films from the 1960s, the period of the Khrushchev Thaw

What I love about my job: I love meeting interesting people at work, especially people with uncommon personalities. I always support crazy attitudes! With my students I have been a volunteer in a national park in Kamchatka and I have traveled on a bicycle from Vladikavkaz to Baku through Georgia

Valentina Kurenschikova

University of Khabarovsk, Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Translation; University of Kaliningrad, Master’s Degree in Theory and Practice of Teaching of Russian as a Second Language.

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian band: Сплин

What I love about my job: Loving foreign languages, I can take on the student’s role, and this helps me become a better teacher. And I love helping students transforming their dream of speaking in a foreign language into reality.

Lilian Evdokimova

Pushkin Institute of Russian Language

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian book: Стихотворения в прозе (Тургенев)

Favourite Russian film: Курьер

Favourite Russian band: Кино

What I love about my job: I love teaching and learning myself. Thanks to my job, I have the unique opportunity to help people learn Russian and fall in love with Russian culture, while communicating with people from different countries and learning many interesting new things.

Natalia Fridlyand

Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology and Faculty of Journalism

With Liden & Denz since 2014

Favourite Russian book: Факультет ненужных вещей (Домбровский)

Favourite Russian film: Мой ласковый и нежный зверь

Favourite Russian singer: Булат Окуджава

What I love about my job: the live communication, the wide variety of personalities and situations I face every day and being an intermediary between different cultures

Veronika Yurchenko

Moscow State University, Faculty of Philology, Department of Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2014

Favourite Russian book: Мастер и Маргарита (Булгаков)

Favourite Russian TV series : Черный ворон

Favourite Russian band : Би-2

What I love about my job : I love bringing Russian culture to foreigners and improving their ideas about Russia. And I love meeting new people. I don’t only teach them grammar, I also learn from them when they tell me about their countries. I love my job because it is never boring!

Irina Mikhaleva

Moscow State University, Faculty of Philology, Specialization in Russian Language and Literature and Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2009

Favourite Russian book : I can’t choose a single one, there are so many! Maybe Доктор Живаго (Pasternak)

What I love about my job : I always love my job, when it’s simple and when it’s hard, when it’s fun and when it’s sad… my job is multifaceted and this makes me very happy. Especially when I reach mutual understanding with the students, this means that there is something deep driving both student’s and teacher’s motivation.

Lilia Petunina

Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology

With Liden & Denz since 2001

Favourite Russian book : It changes with time. First I thought Достоевский would be my favourite forever, but then things changed. Now I love the prose of Лесков, Пришвин, А.Грин and the poems of Гумилёв.

Favourite Russian film: I love many different films, I’m a cinephile! I particularly appreciate old Soviet films, such as Зеркало. I also love Russian romances.

What I love about my job: 2 things. First, I greatly value those moments when I find with my students how to study Russian effectively and interestingly, I love the atmosphere of openness that comes when things start to work out. Secondly, I love the opportunity to meet a vast amount of interesting people. Like actors, teachers live many lives. 

Olga Kotova

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language, specialization in Teaching of Russian as a Second Language

With Liden & Denz since 2010

Favourite Russian band: all of Russian rock!

Favourite Russian film: I love Soviet comedies

Favourite Russian book: too many! I am a philologist after all 🙂

What I love about my job: I love mostly the fact that I can see the results almost instantly, witnessing how with every lesson my students speak and understand Russian better

Anna Simakova

Moscow State University, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting; certified Linguist, Interpreter and Teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2013

Favourite Russian book: Анна Каренина (Лев Толстой) 

What I love about my job: I get great satisfaction in having a role that allows me to make a small difference in someone’s life and to give knowledge to my students; I also love the fact that I can see the results of my work straight away. I adore communicating with people and making them feel happy to learn something really new for them.

Elena Semishko

Moscow State University, specialization in teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language; Moscow State University, Faculty of Philology, license as tester of Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2013

Favourite Russian book: Преступление и наказание (Достоевский) and Двенадцать стульев (Ильф и Петров), which is loved by those who appreciate humor

Favourite Russian film: old Soviet Films

What I love about my job: I love feeling part of the process that leads people without any knowledge of Russian to start speaking and being more active and confident every day

Galina Fedyaeva

Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, specialization in Russian Language and Literature

With Liden & Denz since 2015

Favourite Russian book: Мастер и Маргарита (Булгаков)

Favourite Russian film: Крылья

Favourite Russian band: Аукцыон

What I love about my job: observing the students’ progress and being a part of it 🙂

Antonina Pshenko

Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology, Specialization in Teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2015

Favourite Russian book: I love the poems of Арсений Тарковский

Favourite Russian film: Даун Хаус

Favourite Russian band: Гражданская Оборона

What I love about my job: I love the most to see my students happy not only when they use the Russian grammar or phonetics correctly, but also thanks to the little things they discover during the lessons: for instance when they see a familiar form in an unfamiliar word or when they use Russian to joke for the first time. It is a pleasure for me to be their guide in this journey.

Yuliana Muzychenko

Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology

With Liden & Denz since 2007

Favourite Russian book: Сколько стоит человек (Керсновская)

Favourite Russian band: Наутилус Помпилиус

What I love about my job: Meeting new people and seeing the happy faces of my students when they start speaking Russian correctly, remembering that it was me who taught them! 😉

Ekaterina Krasnova

Moscow State University, specialization in Methods of Teaching of Russian as a Second Language

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian book: Даниил Штайн, переводчик (Улицкая)

Favourite Russian film: I really love cartoons, especially Soviet cartoons, for instance “Карлсон” or “Чертёнок 13”

Favourite Russian band: Джанго

What I love about my job: I love seeing results and witnessing how someone who still yesterday couldn’t express him/herself, begins to speak. I love when students understand their own strength: when they understands the language, when they see that people understand them, when they feel that they can express their thoughts and desires. I love transforming the Russian language from something complex and obscure to a set of simple templates for my students.

Daria Gridasova

Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Master in Linguistics

With Liden & Denz since 2017

Favourite Russian book: I love Russian classics such as Достоевский and Чехов, and I also love Солженицын and Шукшин. 

Favourite Russian film: I prefer auteur cinema. One of my favourite Soviet films is Динка и раннее, раннее утр

What I love about my job: I like explaining things. My job makes me happy when I see progress. It’s not a routine work, from lesson to lesson students have a different mood, emotions and understanding.

Elena Kotova

Kaluga State University of Pedagogy, Specialization in Sociology; Moscow State University, Qualification in Teaching of Russian as a Second Language

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian book: The books of Борис Акунин from the series “Приключения Эраста Фандорина”

Favourite Russian film:«Сибирский цирюльник» and «Москва слезам не верит».

Favourite Russian band: Every Russian rock band!

What I love about my job: I love to see progress in my students. I love when the students develop from not being able to say a word, to having the ability of discussing interesting topics with you. 

 

Elena Maksimova

Moscow State University, specialization in Methods of Teaching of Russian as a Second Language

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian book: А зори здесь тихие… (Б.Васильев)

Favourite Russian film: Завтра была война

Favourite Russian singer: Е. Погребижская

What I love about my job: I love teaching the rules of the Russian language, since I love how language is similar to maths. I also love to compare the Russian language to other languages. More simply, I just love teaching.

Olga Nazarova

Russian State Humanistic University and Moscow State University, Specialization in Teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language

With Liden & Denz since 2019

Favourite Russian book: I love many writers such as Булгаков, Толстой, Паустовский, Самойлов, Гумилёв.

What I love about my job: I love seeing that many people are interested in the Russian culture and language. And it is even more pleasant to see how, after your lessons, they go back home carrying with themselves more love for Russia. I love meeting students coming back to our school again and again and seeing their skills improve each time.