User talk:Johnkuti

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Greetings from Canada!319:02, 7 December 2008
G'Day from WA121:25, 4 December 2008

Greetings from Canada!

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 :-)

Karen6095 (talk)15:53, 4 December 2008

Hi Karen,

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,

John Kuti

Johnkuti (talk)20:40, 4 December 2008

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 What did you have in mind for contacts?


Karen6095 (talk)11:32, 6 December 2008

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.

Johnkuti (talk)19:02, 7 December 2008

G'Day from WA

Hi John
I just dropped by to say hello from Perth, Western Australia and leave you a little bit of sunshine File:SoleteRayosÑajo.gif. 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

Jennip (talk)21:12, 4 December 2008

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!

Johnkuti (talk)21:25, 4 December 2008