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Special discount on language stays this summer : one week for free!

Summer discount 2016

Come learn Russian language in Moscow this summer with CREF

Choose a 4-weeks long or more Russian language stay at CREF Moscow this summer between June 13 and August 28, and pay only for 3 weeks* of Russian language courses!

Ask a quotation for the language stay of your choice between these dates and the discount will automatically be applied.

Organizing your language stay with CREF is easy! Choose a course formula with group classes or individual lessons, find an accommodation that will suit you. CREF will even take care of your visa invitation letter.

*Offer available on any purchase from May 25 to August 1st, 2016 on all language stays taking place between June 13 and August 28, 2016.

Courses in groups

Individual lessons

Courses in Nizhny Novgorod



Special offer on language stays in Moscow

Pour toutes les inscriptions réalisées avant le 31 mars 2016 à un cours de russe (dans le cadre des séjours linguistiques “Study-russian-in-russia”) au CREF de Moscou pour la période allant du 1er janvier au 30 août 2016:

  • Frais d’inscription
    Remise de 60 euros sur les frais d’inscription:

    • O euros au lieu de 60 pour les séjours de 1 à 4 semaines
    • 50 euros au lieu de 110 pour les séjours de 5 à 12 semaines
    • 115 euros au lieu de 175 pour les séjours de 13 semaines et plus
  • Cours collectifs
    • -20 % sur les cours de 1 à 4 semaines : 200 euros / semaine
    • -15% sur les cours de 5 à 10 semaines: 187 euros/semaine
    • -10% sur les cours de 10 semaines et plus: 180 euros/semaine
  • Cours individuels
    • 25 % de remise de 1 à 6 semaines de cours: par exemple 338 Euros pour une semaine de 20h de cours
    • 20% de remise pour 7 semaines et plus: par exemple 320 Euros pour une semaine de 20h de cours
  • Transfert offert
    Si vous réservez votre hébergement en famille d’accueil avec vous, nous vous offrons le transfert Aller/Retour depuis l’aéroport de votre choix.


Handmade in Russia

Russia is one of the few European countries to keep a crafts – ремесло (remeslo) industry very much alive. This activity, developed on a large scale in the nineteenth century, has continued to flourish through the years without losing its authenticity. One can find some of these handcrafted objects – предметы (predmety) in museums, but in reality, they are still used daily by Russians. Luckily, the most emblematic places where these objects are manufactured – производство (praizvodstva) are close to Moscow and can be easily visited. However, please note that prior booking – предварительная запись (predvaritel’naya zapis’) for your visit is often mandatory. Read more


On the go

We know about the legendary Russian hospitality – гостеприимство (gostepriimstvo). What should you expect if a Russian friend invites you to his house for an impromptu dinner?

The Russians like to talk about the “Olivier salad” – салат оливье (salat oliv’ye), created by a French chef in Russia in the 19th century and who jealously guarded the recipe for a very long time. The Soviet version of his dish which became Russian again included various ingredients, but the usual ingredients are potatoes – картошка (kartoshka), ham – ветчина (vetchina), Russian pickles – маринованные огурцы (marinovannyye ogurtsy), and mayonnaise – майонез (mayonez). Read more



Once you have found your apartment near your school and / or your work, it is good to know the key players in the maintenance of your building (who is in charge of the keys, the electricity, the maintenance, etc.). CREF will explain the words and phrases you will need that will put you at ease in your new environment.

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Diminutives are not so small

The Russians are fond of diminutives. To understand it, it is easy to see that Vovotchka – Вовочка, is short for Vova – Вова, which itself is the diminutive of Vladimir. Even if the use of the diminutive is sometimes tricky if one is not Russian, it is the knowledge of these “little things” that will make you a true connoisseur of the language.

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The Soviet apartment

A fun new recreational fad has invaded the Russian capital. Quests – квесты (kvesty) – are life-sized puzzles which challenge you to get out of a room in less than an hour by solving a series of puzzles – загадки (zagadki) and logical problems. Each quest has a backstory, and immerses you in a particular universe. The first to be installed in Moscow took the theme which probably is the most familiar to Russians, that of the Soviet apartment – совесткая квартира (sovestkaya kvartira). Once you push the door open, you will find yourself in the interior of a typical Soviet apartment, 50 years in the past. Read more


Tips to help make your traveling easier in Russia (or anywhere!)

Are you about to go on a trip? It seems that the best way to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything is to pack your suitcase two days before your departure – за два дня до отъезда (za dva dyna do at’yesda). Other small, useful things to do in advance – заранее(zaraneye): Read more


Organically yours

Incredibly high-calorie, oily chebureki (чебуреki – chebureki) and Chicken Kiev (котлетыпо-киевски– katlety pa-kiyevski) full of butter no longer appeal to your appetite with the coming of bathing-suit season? Are you looking to lose the pounds you put on during the winter? Do you want to just say ‘no’ to junk food (едавредная – vrednaya yeda)? CREF gives you some useful advice on eating organic in Russia.
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Don’t just say ‘no’

It goes without saying that if you want to take linguistic courses at CREF, that is three times да (da)! But there are situations where one must stand firm in one’s opinions and beliefs. A ‘no’ – нет (net) might do the trick, but here we offer how to add a little nuance to your refusal and learn the art of the polite refusal – вежливый отказ (vezhlivy atkaz). This expression, by the way, is the name of a Russian rock group. Read more