This most dedicated of language schools was established in Dublin in 2010 by Irina Ramoniene, who grew up in the Far Eastern Russian City of Kchabarovsk and has lived in Ireland since 2007. She is a Russian language teacher with more than 20 years experience. She is a native speaker, University qualified in Russian and Slavonic languages and fully registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. The Kalinka Russian Language School in Dublin has continued successfully since 2010 teaching individual and group classes to adults and children alike. The school provides a lively cultural platform with which to bring Irish, Russian and European people closer together in understanding each others culture in this globalised 21st century.
The school is currently located at The Ireland institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. During these 9 years to now ( 2019 ) students have studied Russian for many different reasons. Some of them have been motivated for business reasons; others for personal and / or professional reasons.
Learning a second language like Russian, is like opening a window into another world. In Ireland today it is increasingly important to be able to communicate, read and understand a second language and so, why not take on the challenge of learning Russian?.
The Department of Education has recognised this for many years and Russian is a part of the Leaving Cert Syllabus. Every year since 2010 the Kalinka Russian Language School has successfully prepared students for the Russian oral and written Leaving Cert exams. As part of this preparation the school teaches the ability to speak, write, listen and read Russian. These classes include learning the grammar of Russian. They also focus on widening the students vocabulary.
The Kalinka Russian Language school offers different courses for adults and children:
a) General Russian for adults
b) Russian for children
c) Russian for business purposes
d) Leaving Cert Russian
e) Russian for Corporate, Professional and Business Organisations
These are courses tailored for a specific needs. This means there is a flexible approach to teaching and learning.
In 2016 the school organised a Russian Language Club to further develop Russian Language skills. The Kalinka Language Club, in its own small way, provides an opportunity for students to come together to explore and celebrate the culture and heritage of the land of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Dostoevsky and many others. The Club has been successful as a means of making friendships and sharing stories, songs along the language journey.
Then, some students further develop their language skills by visiting the vast lands of Russia today, whether it is Archangelsk (Archangel) in the snowy North; Stavropol in the warmer South; Vladivostok in the Asian East or the huge cities of Moscow or St. Petersburg in European Russia. The vastness of Russia embraces both European and Asiatic cultures and in this lies its genius and fascination for many of us in this part of Western Europe.
Learning Russian can be a difficult challenge, which of course takes time, effort, repetition and commitment, no less than the learning of any complicated skill. The greater the challenge the greater the reward. The riches of learning Russian can empower you to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, linguistically speaking of course.
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Just recently Kalinka Russian Language School formed a new beginners group (General Russian programme). There are two Italians, Alessio and Michelangelo and one Irish girl, Livia, in the group. Livia wants to travel on the Trans Siberian Railway across Russia and would also love to experience the City of Moscow. For this adventure she wants…Read More
Why am I interested in the Russian language? I have been interested in many aspects of Russian society, religion and culture, since 1975. Really, I am a “secret Slav” – with an Irish accent. Have I ever been to Russia? Yes. In 2008 I was able to visit Russia for the first time. I was…Read More
Kelli is a new student at Kalinka language school. She likes the challenge of studying languages in general. She is fascinated also, with the non latin Cyrillic alphabet of Russian. This of course presents a special challenge for Kelli. First she started to study the russian on her phone, on the app Duolingo and she…Read More
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