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Da or nyet?! Russian Language for Beginners

17 February 2020 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Enrol Now

Overview: Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.

Target audience: This course is for beginners and those with limited knowledge of Russia who wish to gain an introduction to its language and culture. It is suitable for anyone who:


is interested in Russia and the language and culture 

has a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia 

is planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken.

is interested in international science, math, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts

would like to gain knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Learning objectives: By the end of the course, you will have:


acquired basic reading and writing skills in Russian

gained a basic understanding of Russian grammar (nouns – gender and some cases; verbs (present tense); adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)

learnt basic vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:

introducing themselves and their family and friends

expressing likes and/or dislikes and requesting things (in shops and restaurants)

visiting places (reading signs, staying at hotels, making enquiries)

Course format: Two-hour classes are held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

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For further information: Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140. Phone 04 463 6556, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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