It has been a joy learning the Russian language with Irina. While professional and precise with regard to understanding grammar, Irina’s focus on conversation and practice has resulted in my understanding and proficiency in this beautiful language coming on in leaps and bounds. Thank you Irina.
Peter Davitt (student, Ireland)
I started learning the Russian language in Kalinka Language School because I am interested in Russian culture. In the future I would like to take a trip to Russia and particularly to Moscow, St. Petersburg and take a trip on the Trans – Siberian railway.
I believe that Russian language will also help me to develop my professional career in Ireland and with it I could also take business trips to Russia.
I would like to recommend Kalinka Language School with all my heart. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere there. Classes are run in small groups. I see a lot of progress with every week of my learning.
Anna ( student, Poland )
I started to learn Russian in 2016 when I noticed evening classes were being run for beginners in a nearby college in Rathmines where Irina taught Russian.
I had visited St. Petersburg and had some Russian speaking friends and was very curious about the language and thought it would provide an interesting challenge. It is very rewarding to read and write using cyrillic and to begin to understand Russian pronunciation. It is grammatically very different to English and I feel that the world is seen differently when presented through Russian.
As I started to improve I continued to take classes with Irina at her Kalinka language school. She is very skilled at teaching the language and has an intuitive feel for a students capabilities and how to maintain their progress.
I was lucky enough to start learning Russian while still at school and was able to study Russian language and literature at university. While a student I visited Moscow and returned a few years later to Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad) as a tourist. In the many years since, professional and personal pressures pushed me in the direction of other languages and my Russian became rusty to say the least.
When I ceased working full-time I decided to re-kindle my interest in Russian culture and looked around for a suitable part-time language course – not easy to find in South Dublin. Fortunately I discovered Irina’s class in Rathmines and have made excellent progress thanks to the Kalinka Language School. Although much of the coursework seems like revision, Irina has helped me to plug some serious gaps in my knowledge of some of the basics of the language and her insistence on correct pronunciation is really appreciated.
My aim is to be able to read the works of modern Russian writers in the original and to travel to Russia again – may be to visit parts where English-speaking guides are rare!
John Gleave ( student, Ireland )
I started learning Russian because I thought the Cyrillic alphabet was beautiful and I was learning on my own for a few months. I realised I was really struggling with pronunciation and making myself understood to native speakers, and that I needed a professional teacher. The lessons with Irina have been fantastic, I really enjoy them and I feel like I’m progressing quickly. I’m planning to travel to Russia this summer and do the trans Siberian railway. Long term I hope to get B2 status on the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language exam and study for a year in Moscow.
Laura (student, Ireland )
Kalinka Language School, Dublin
Des is a business development manager at Western Union. His wife is a Russian lady from Astrakhan. They lived together in Moscow for 2 years and moved back to Ireland in 2015. They are happy living in Ireland but intend to move back to Moscow to live and to work because they both liked living in Moscow when they were there. Moscow is a very beautiful city and it’s a good place to live and you can have a good standard of living there; that is why he is now studying Russian with Kalinka Language School in Dublin. He finds studying the Russian language quite difficult but also very enjoyable. The hardest part he says, is to learn the cases at the moment ” but I hope with hard work to improve and one day to be fluent in Russian.”