Learning Russian in Bishkek?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 5:23 PM Last Post By: atyler13
May 5, 2013 10:23 PM
Learning Russian in Bishkek?Hello,
I am going to be spending some time in the 'Stans and start in Bishkek. Years ago I'd studied Russian and it's lying unused in some corner of my mind. Since I'm spending a few months in the area, I wanted to Try and brush up on the language. Are there any recommendations for language schools, classes or tutors in Bishkek? Looking for an intensive language session that's a few days. I remember my alphabet and a few phrases but that's about it. Thank you!
May 6, 2013 6:14 AM
1The London School in Bishek has long been a reliable choice for studying Russian. One issue with them, though, is their main purpose is speaking English, so there's a lot of English spoken on campus. It can be very alluring when you're trying to immerse yourself in Russian.
May 6, 2013 1:38 PM
2Hi there, the LSB is an excellent, good value choice for studying Russian (I am biased, I work there!!!). What the post above says about English being spoken is 100% true, but that is more relevant for those who want to immerse themselves or perfect their Russian. You could stay with a local family if you wanted to have the full Russian experience, or you could do a short stint at LSB to hone your 'survival Russian' so you can order food, get taxis and generally get around without having in-depth conversations with locals.
Remember that you are the customer so if you are getting too much grammar or learning irrelevant vocab, tell your teacher and she/he will tailor the syllabus accordingly.
Lastly, Bishkek is a wonderful city, a really vibrant, diverse, fun and happening place to be, there is an atmosphere here that is tangible, there really is a buzz, so don't rush away!
May 9, 2013 9:27 AM
May 9, 2013 2:58 PM
May 21, 2013 5:23 PM
5This is really helpful! I will also be traveling to Bishkek for work and I would like to take Russian classes though I saw on the LSB site that its for 20 hrs a week. Do you know if they are flexible on this? Also, since I'm working full-time is it possible to take courses during the evenings or weekends?
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