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Open doors at CREF

Open doors at CREF on thursday, 27th of april from 18:00 to 20:00

We welcome all expats and foreigners in Moscow to our open door. Our “Open Days” event is a great opportunity for you to get to know us better, as well as:
• Participate in free Russian language lessons
• Assess your competence in Russian
• Meet our qualified teachers for advice and discuss Russian language study plans

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Back To Basics

Any and all foreigners- иностранцы (inastrantsee) who have ever studied Russian would agree that this language – язык (yazeek), spoken by nearly 170 million people, is not only beautiful, but also remarkable for its sound – звучание (zvoochaniye), and its alphabet – алфавит (alfavit). But where does it come from? CREF offers a look back in time to its origins.

As is often the case, the language predates its writing system, with each Slavic group – славянский народ (slaviyanski naroad) having its own dialect – диалект (dialekt). The first Cyrillic alphabet was invented in about 860 AD, or a little more than a century before the Christianization of Russia. It was the work of two saints, Cyril and Methodius – Кирилл и Мефодий (Kiril i Méfodi), two brothers – братья (bratia), from the city of Thessaloniki, at the time a part of the Byzantine Empire, and where, along with Greek, a Southern Slavic dialect was also spoken.

Cyril was sent to Moravia (a historical country making up the eastern part of today’s Czech Republic) to work as an Orthodox missionary and to teach – учить (oucheet) the Scriptures to the Slavs. To achieve this, he and his brother, along with their students, translated the holy books – богослужебные книги (bagaslouzhebnye knighee) into an alphabet inspired by Greek. In order to accomplish this, he felt it necessary to build an abecedary– азбука (azbouka). Read more

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At work

This month, CREF would like to take you on a journey, putting you in the shoes of an intern – стажëр (stajzhior) in Moscow, Nizhny-Novgorod, or anywhere, for that matter, in Russia, to discover a few useful words used at work – в офисе (v’ofisey).

Your boss – начальник (nachalnik) happily welcomes you, taking you to your desk – рабочее место (rabochiie myestuh). But there’s no time to dawdle: you need to get started on some invitations – приглашения (priglashenya) for an event – мероприятие (merapriatiyé) and your boss asks you to update the addresses on the client list – список клиентов (speesok kliyentov) and print – напечатать (napétchatat’) the invitation letters. It’s a job – задание (zadanié) entirely within your means to do, since you are familiar with datasheets – таблицы данных (tablitsy dannykh) and the Russian bits of the Internet. He sits you down in front of your computer – за компьютером (za compioutérom) and it’s “off you go!”!

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Special offer for under 30s

Enjoy a 25% reduction on intensive group lessons


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Interview with our students – Maaike

CREF: Hello, Maaike, could you introduce yourself, please?

Maaike: Hello, I am from Holland, I study Political Sciences at the university of Leyden.

CREF: Is this your first time in Moscow? How do you like the city?

Maaike: Yes, it is my first time in Moscow, and in Russia as well! Moscow is an amazing city. Wherever I go, I am surprised at its beauty. There are many places of interest, alongside touristic sites like Red Square and the Kremlin, and each time I take a walk to discover the city, I stumble upon a new, beautiful and big place that I hadn’t heard of before.

I visited many places, museums, attractions, I even had the opportunity to attend a rooftop concert, thanks to my father’s contacts!

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The month of August – а́вгуст [avgust] is a very active month in Russia. As a matter of fact, those lucky enough to have a parcel of land – уча́сток [utchastok], and they are many, can harvest the fruit of their labor – уси́лия [ussilia], which, for some, will feed прокорми́ть [prakarmit’] them all year around.

It all starts as early as March, when spring’s around the corner, but the earth – земля́ [zemlia] is still covered in snow. The seedlings – посе́в [passev] are planted and potted in flats and as soon as possible, are transported to the vegetable garden – огоро́д [agarod]. If one has a greenhouse – тепли́ца [tiéplitsa], it may be heated while waiting for more favorable weather conditions. Then, after a few weeks of hard labor and natural fertilizer – удобре́ние [oudabrenie] yes, everything is organic here, no industrial pesticides – comes the time to harvest – уража́й [urajaï].

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A Russian Swim

You’re stuck in Moscow this summer but want to enjoy a good swim and bear a nice tan – загар [zagar] in September? Despite a large part of Russia not being surrounded by a sea, gulf or ocean, summer is traditionally the time to take a dip in a lake озеро [oziera] or river – река [rieka].
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Interview with our students – Beatrice

PhotoBeatrice Beatrice is a young Italian student. She undertook a 2-month linguistic stay at CREF in Moscow. She shares her impressions with us after 3 weeks of lessons.

CREF: Hello Beatrice, why did you want to undertake this linguistic stay?

Beatrice: Hello, I’m currently finishing my studies in Genoa, in Italy, and I had to pass my Russian exam. To make sure I succeeded, my mum convinced me to join this programme.

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Time for football

How to enjoy the Euro 2016 while in Russia? If you are a football fan, or a supporter – болельщик (balchik pa foutbolou) and want to watch the games of the European Football Championshipчемпионат Европы по футболу (Сhempianat Yevropy pa futbolu) with your Russian friends, here are some useful phrases to help you be understood.

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A job opportunity in Moscow for native English speakers

Teaching English!

We are currently looking for young and dynamic native English speakers having recently graduated from University and who would be interested in having a year experience teaching in Moscow, Russia.

Learning Russian!

During their time in Russia, Teachers will also have the possibility to take intensive Russian courses taught by experienced and certified native Russian teachers. Teachers will study with group lessons of 3 hours a day from Monday to Friday, from September until June.

What job ?

Successful candidates will join an International and professional team. They will be helped and supported by pedagogical and administrative staff. Read more