I was lucky enough to start learning Russian while still at school and was able to study Russian language and literature at university. While a student I visited Moscow and returned a few years later to Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad) as a tourist. In the many years since, professional and personal pressures pushed me in the direction of other languages and my Russian became rusty to say the least.
When I ceased working full-time I decided to re-kindle my interest in Russian culture and looked around for a suitable part-time language course – not easy to find in South Dublin. Fortunately I discovered Irina’s class in Rathmines and have made excellent progress thanks to the Kalinka Language School. Although much of the coursework seems like revision, Irina has helped me to plug some serious gaps in my knowledge of some of the basics of the language and her insistence on correct pronunciation is really appreciated.
My aim is to be able to read the works of modern Russian writers in the original and to travel to Russia again – may be to visit parts where English-speaking guides are rare!.
It has been a joy learning Russian with Irina. While professional and precise with regard to understanding grammar, Irina’s focus on conversation and practice has resulted in my understandingand proficiency in this beautiful language coming on in leaps and bounds. Thank you Irina.
“ I started to learn Russian in 2016 when I noticed evening classes were being run for beginners in a nearby college in Rathmines where Irina taught Russian. I had visited St. Petersburg and had some Russian speaking friends and was very curious about the language and thought it would provide an interesting challenge. It is very rewarding to read and write using cyrillic and to begin to understand Russian pronunciation.
It is grammatically very different to English and I feel that the world is seen differently when presented through Russian. As I started to improve I continued to take classes with Irina at her Kalinka language school. She is very skilled at teaching the language and has an intuitive feel for a students capabilities and how to maintain their progress. ”
I started learning the Russian language at Kalinka Russian Language School in Dublin because I am interested in Russian culture. In the future I would like to take a trip to Russia and particularly to Moscow and St. Petersburg and then, maybe, take a trip on the Trans – Siberian railway.
I believe that Russian language will also help me to develop my professional career in Ireland and with it I could also take business trips to Russia. I would like to recommend the Kalinka Language School in Dublin with all my heart. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere there. Classes are run in small groups. I see a lot of progress with my learning Russian every week.
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