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|G'Day from WA||1||08:25, 4 December 2008|
Privet, John. I chose you to write to because you are in St Petersburg and I was there last July with my son. We decided to share the task of learning Russian - I did the speaking and he learned the alphabet - but what we really liked best was having the GPS on his telephone! We have lots of stories - and we had just a great time in St P's and Moscow. Are you fluent in Russian or are you teaching English to Russian-speaking students? Dasvedanya, Karen McDaniel (if I could figure out how to attach a picture, I would do that :-)
Thanks for your message. It's great that you tried learning some Russian for your visit - I think it's an interesting experience and good for the brain!
I've lived here quite a long time so I suppose I am fluent. My wife and I speak Russian at home. Actually I'm not doing much teaching at the moment but yes, basically when I'm working I speak or write English quite a lot.
Do you think your institution is likely to develop any contacts with Russian organisations?
All the best,
Curious you should ask about SAIT - Actually our recruiters go to Russia and we have quite a few Russian students here. The big draw is information communication and then petroleum engineering. You can check us out at www.sait.ca. What did you have in mind for contacts?
The SAIT site looks most impressive!
I'm mainly interested in the scene in Saint Petersburg - which has lots of different universities. When one looks at Russian institutions it's often quite hard to judge what sort of programs they offer and the quality. Like a lot of people here, we like getting opinions from outside on how we measure up, what the good schools are, and so on. Higher education here is just entering a period of major reform, after 20 years of neglect.
I just dropped by to say hello from Perth, Western Australia and leave you a little bit of sunshine . I visited Russia in 1986 - I'm sure it's changed a lot since then. I remember the people were very friendly, we drank vodka and champagne together, the countryside was beautiful and the ques were long! Cheers
Hi Jennip -
Thanks for that smiley sun!
I don't think you'd recognise the Leningrad of 1986 in SPb as it is today. All very clean, high fashion and expensive. Traffic jams instead of queues.
I visited Melbourne once and loved it. A friend of mine from Moscow emmigrated there... He had made a special study of the world and said Melbourne was objectively the best city, although he's back in Moscow again now, because the salaries are higher!