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Karelia through the eyes of Canadian student

I arrived here with my girlfriend. We wanted to start acquaintance with Russia taking one region. We chose Karelia after we learned that there are Kizhi and Valaam here.

I studied Russian at the Linguistics Center of PetrSU for five months. I had two teachers - Robert Tamm and Victoria Senicheva. In addition to phonetics, grammar and syntax, we talked a lot about the culture of Russia and the specific aspects of the mentality of its inhabitants. I took part in the project "Word", where I told about my country, got acquainted with the culture of the countries of other foreign students of PetrSU.

First, it was difficult to learn Russian. Especially the cases and types of verbs were difficult for me. Now I feel free in the city and in the company of Russian friends.

I visited the Solovetsky Islands. I was impressed by the amazing nature, architecture and history of the archipelago. I liked Russian holidays. Especially Maslenica and Victory Day. We do not have such holidays in Canada. My country also participated in World War II, but for us it is a Day of sorrow. Here it is a holiday that unites the whole country. The day when people celebrate the victory, they dance and sing the songs. I liked the symbolic meaning of the action "March of Memory".

Definitely, I will continue to study Russian.

Next year I’m planning to visit Irkutsk. One day I want to travel around Central Asia and, I think, it's better if I speak Russian there. I dream of writing a book about Central Asia, and after five months in Karelia, I want to write about Russia in general.


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