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We have learnt a lot over the years, as well as making some good friends at Kalinka’s Russian club

June 15, 2020

We have been studying Russian for quite a while now and we have always been fascinated by it – the history, culture and language. Classes with Irina have always been fun and we have learnt a lot over the years, as well as making some good friends at Kalinka’s Russian club. We usually had face…

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I am really beginning to see progress now and that’s really motivating

May 24, 2020

Susan NasstromI have always been fascinated by Russia and the Russian language. Back in the 80s, I went on a trip to Russia visiting Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yalta during the time of perestroika – it was a fascinating trip! I have made a few short attempts before at trying to learn Russian but life…

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Joy of learning experience via Skype

May 24, 2020

Tim, John, Gabriella and Anna during the Russian class today. This group of students after some years of studying Russian in live classes enjoying their learning experience via Skype. Students find this way of studying convenient and effective. Every class combines serious learning with social interaction which contributes to the relaxed atmosphere in the electronic…

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Learning Russian has been on my list…

May 24, 2020

I moved to Ireland from Canada and learning Russian has been on my list for a while. My main motivation for doing so is my partner, since it’s the language her family speaks at home, and being able to communicate would go a long way towards a healthy relationship with them! It’s not the easiest of languages…

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I can now do my lessons from the comfort of my home with a cup tea!

May 16, 2020

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, I have moved from classroom-based lessons with Irina to online Skype lessons. I started with a group class and have since transferred to individual classes once a week. Being able to continue with my studies during the current situation has been brilliant. I was worried that I would lose the progress…

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I am looking forward to my class every week

May 16, 2020

“I studied Russian on and off for a couple of years and first met Irina when she was teaching Russian in my workplace around a year ago. I loved how well Irina could explain things, especially the quite complicated Russian grammar. When the classes in work finished, I decided I definitely wanted to continue. Because…

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There are always new things to discover with the Russian language

May 16, 2020

I had studied Russian for a year in University as an extra subject but I didn’t continue with it when I finished. In 2014 I visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg and the little Russian I had came in useful, so when I returned to Ireland I decided to try and start learning the language again.…

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A2 group students at Kalinka

March 22, 2020

Here is a typical Kalinka Russian language class in Dublin with an A2 group of students. The students spoke a lot during the class and were very active in creating role play dialogues so as to develop their ability to speak Russian. The 6 students are from Ireland, Hungary and Poland and they find the…

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Enjoyable voyage of discovery of the Russian language and culture.

February 18, 2020

I have long held a deep love and affection for Russian music, literature and drama and had always hoped to study Russian.  As the years went by I thought it would be more and more difficult to undertake, but I finally took the plunge about 8 months ago and started one-to-one classes with Irina in…

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