Student Reviews



Take a look at some of the reviews written by students who have studied Russian with us over the last few years.
 
Charles, private individual student
"I decided to start learning Russian in late 2011, partly because of the increase in Russian litigation in the UK (I am a lawyer) and partly because my fiancée (now my wife) is Ukrainian and Russian is her family's first language. After careful research on the internet, RLC seemed the most impressive of the options available. And what a good choice it was.

Every week since then I have had private one-to-one tuition in my office which is always carefully tailored to my own strengths and weaknesses. For example, one of the things I have found more difficult is remembering vocabulary - in response, my tutor will always remember the particular words I have difficulty with and will make a point of using them frequently in order to help me commit them to memory. The tutorials are always enjoyable and conducted in good humour - and care is taken to put the language into context by providing an insight into Russian culture.

After less than a year I was able to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine with a friend and manage my way around without having to resort to English - and more recently, I was able to give half my wedding speech in Russian which went down very well with the in-laws! On the work front, I was able to cite the Russian text of an international convention in a case in the Supreme Court, which made it into the Court's judgment! So it has definitely been a very useful and rewarding experience and I look forward to continuing the lessons and improving further. I am very grateful to RLC and my tutor, Irina, for all their help so far and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”


 
Fabian, long-term group student
"Like many other students, I first found the Russian Language Centre simply by searching for where to learn Russian in London and my introduction to the Russian language began in the RLC's beginners’ class. The quality of teaching and course material at the Centre is exceptional. Their own in-house textbook gradually advances at a pace that is manageable, yet leaves the student feeling accomplished. This is reinforced by literary excerpts, cultural references, and an enjoyable serial story in the text that utilises new grammar and vocabulary, but never overwhelms.

From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion. After two years of continuous study at the RLC it has now become a huge part of my life and I seek out opportunities for Russian cultural immersion whenever possible. I cannot imagine a similar result without the help and encouragement of the RLC, its amazing teachers, administration, and fellow students.”


 
Nicky, individual and group student
"I started learning Russian at RLC about five years ago. Because of work and home commitments I needed lessons at a time that suited me and was flexible so one-to-one lessons worked well for me. Tackling a foreign language for the first time when you are in your 50’s is quite a challenge (especially Russian!) but my teacher was always really patient and encouraging so as well as being challenging it was really enjoyable too.

Later I joined a group and, unlike large language schools, the groups are small and everyone has plenty of time to practice the language with the teacher’s input. The people in my group are friendly and supportive of each other which is also important as it creates an atmosphere of shared learning. We can laugh with each other about our mistakes. I’ve had opportunities to sit exams in Russian and this year passed First Certificate of the TRKI which gives me a real sense of progress.

One thing I really like about learning at RLC is that the whole experience is about Russian language and culture. All the teachers are native speakers and really experienced at teaching Russian. The school is located in Pushkin House, the Russian Cultural Centre in London and I feel part of a community of people who are involved in Russian culture. There are opportunities to attend Russian events, like the annual Old New Year party! I’d definitely recommend RLC and intend to continue my learning here for a long time to come!”

 
Jane, advanced group student
"I had learned some Russian at school, but laid it aside for around 20 years until I decided to sign up for a class at RLC. Initially, the focus was very much on ensuring that we had a sound grammatical foundation, with particular emphasis being paid to tricky areas like verbs of motion. Our tutor Dmitri Antonov has been an excellent guide to the complexities of the language.

One of the things I most enjoy about the course is that we can now tailor the lessons to meet our various interests. We have read a wide range of short stories from Pushkin and Chekhov to Okudzhava and Kuprin, but also we regularly have dokladi where one class member prepares a talk and hand-out to form the subject of discussion. The subject matter has ranged from newspaper articles to Russian poetry and famous Russians.

I would recommend the RLC both for its focus on rigorous learning of the grammar (which is essential to make any real progress in Russian) and then at a later stage for its flexibility in allowing students to pursue their own interests. My class may be slightly unusual in that hardly any of us needs to know Russian for work or another purpose; we simply come along because we enjoy reading and speaking in Russian!”

 
Charlotte, group student from absolute beginner
"Having just sat and passed the Basic level TRKI exam at the RLC I feel I can heartily recommend learning Russian at the RLC.

I have been learning for two years now at weekly evening classes at the RLC in Pushkin House. I chose this school for two reasons. RLC at Pushkin House means there is a cultural aspect to your learning as it is in the Russian cultural centre of London so I could attend political talks or music recitals and meet others interested in Russian language and culture. It is also one of the few places where you can sit the TRKI State accredited exams, which I knew I wanted to aim for one day.

It started as a fun hobby. Small friendly classes with a passionate teacher. After two years people have come and gone from the group but the core few along with our tutor have all become good friends, usually finishing each term with a visit to a Russian restaurant to toast our progress! My visit to Ukraine last year would not have happened if it had not been for the friends I made at the RLC and it has opened up all kinds of amazing life changing opportunities.

Now it has tuned into a more serious challenge and classes have become more intensive and fit our goals and abilities. I am soon to visit Russia for the first time to take extra lessons and try out my linguistic abilities on the locals! This would not have been possible had it not been for the progress I am making at the RLC.”

 
Tejas, corporate individual and group student, also Russian in Russia student
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I quickly found out that the RLC is unique from institutions I had studied at previously in that my teacher individualizes the course structure to the student's needs.
One thing I really like about learning at RLC is that the whole experience is about Russian language and culture.
The course book produced by the RLC makes learning Russian really interesting, and gives a student plenty of opportunity to practice reading, writing and speaking skills.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
Our diverse and stimulating daytime group receives high quality, engaging tuition which matches our interests and needs.
I'm just finishing my first term and feel really inspired and enthusiastic about continuing.
Our tutor Dmitri Antonov has been an excellent guide to the complexities of the language.
The RLC appealed to me due to its central location and wide range of day and evening classes.
The quality of teaching and course material at the Centre is exceptional.
The use of different teachers also offers different accents, voices and opinions so that one's ears become more attuned to the patterns and rhythms essential to understanding what to me at least is a new language.
I've stuck at it, and my class goers have become friends as well as fellow students. We struggle through our grammar together!
Familiarity leads to greater confidence, which has also been bolstered by our excellent and extraordinarily patient teacher!
The class was young professional people and it was fun but learning was serious and the teacher maintained a strong pace.
After careful research on the internet, RLC seemed the most impressive of the options available. And what a good choice it was.
RLC at Pushkin House means there is a cultural aspect to your learning as it is in the Russian cultural centre of London so I could attend political talks or music recitals and meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
I do definitely recommend RLC. Classes are intense and demanding, but also a good fun, something really important when taking evening lessons after work.
What made me actually enrol was the relaxed, friendly, yet efficient meeting with the course director to establish my level of knowledge.
So when I learned that all the teachers at the Russian Language Centre were Russian I felt confident that I would be in good hands not only learning to speak Russian but also understanding it.
The people in my group are friendly and supportive of each other which is also important as it creates an atmosphere of shared learning.
I joined a group and, unlike large language schools, the groups are small and everyone has plenty of time to practice the language with the teacher's input.
If you are interested in learning Russian, whether as a beginner or someone who might have studied a little before, the RLC is the place to do it.
I chose the RLC after looking at several schools because I liked the flexibility of the courses, and the possibility of having one-to-one tuition, which is the option I took.
The centre has its own set of course books that I've found very effective in helping me to learn.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
One of the things I most enjoy about the course is that we can now tailor the lessons to meet our various interests.
I would recommend the RLC both for its focus on rigorous learning of the grammar (which is essential to make any real progress in Russian) and then at a later stage for its flexibility in allowing students to pursue their own interests.
I have found the atmosphere at the RLC to be very open and supportive.
From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion.
I would recommend RLC to anyone wanting to begin learning or improve their Russian language skills.  It's an inclusive and friendly environment.
The course is very practically based and combines grammar and themes which build on the grammar with further vocabulary; for example, travel and directions, conversation about families, the weather, shopping, ordering in a restaurant and much more!
Having completed four terms, I am now having a break from studying, but may return after another few weeks travelling in Russia, for which I am even better equipped than before.
I was pleased to pass my first exams last summer as did the other two of my classmates who took the exam.  I would strongly recommend the school to other potential students.
After less than a year I was able to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine with a friend and manage my way around without having to resort to English - and more recently, I was able to give half my wedding speech in Russian which went down very well with the in-laws!
After two years people have come and gone from the group but the core few along with our tutor have all become good friends, usually finishing each term with a visit to a Russian restaurant to toast our progress!
I am soon to visit Russia for the first time to take extra lessons and try out my linguistic abilities on the locals! This would not have been possible had it not been for the progress I am making at the RLC.