Firstly, I was looking for a location to study Russian in an environment where many people could speak it. Also, I wanted to visit the Baltic countries. Ultimately, Riga satisfied those requirements, and I chose to study at the BORN Russian language program.
I’d say, go to museums! I highly recommend: Museum of the Occupation Latvia, Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. Also, practice Russian! Do homework, make flashcards to learn new words, translate Russian texts, etc.
My favorite aspect to learn is vocabulary. I enjoy researching a new word’s etymology. It helps me to get a better grasp of its meaning. Additionally, it’s rewarding to use that new vocabulary in a conversation or essay.
Certainly, full immersion is one of the greatest benefits to studying in a Russian language program in Riga. If you force yourself to only speak Russian, you will find plenty of opportunities to practice in everyday situations.
Well, I love listening to other students’ experiences. Russian language programs like this are a wonderful way to meet people from around the world. In-class conversations on topics like ваша семья, свободное время and культура allow you to learn from your classmates while practicing Russian.
“Не говори, что делал, а скажи, что сделал.” Meaning: “Don’t tell me what you have done, say what you did.” This sentence captures some of the nuance surrounding imperfective and perfective verbs in Russian. This is usually a tough concept for students, which is why studying at a Russian language program is so helpful.
-Anna, USA, July 2022