On Friday, August 8th , the traditional Russian Culture Day gathered the foreign students who had been studying at the Summer Russian Language School for more than a month and those who came recently. While playing the game “Snow Ball”, the students got acquainted with each other. According to the rules of the game, each student tells his name and an adjective that begins with the first letter of his name. The next one repeats the students name and adjective and tells his own. At the end, the last student repeats all names and adjectives. As a result, artistic and adventurous, active and hungry, talented and lazy, beautiful and young students got acquainted with each other in such a funny manner.
The Russian Culture Day continued with the presentations prepared by the “experienced” students who told the new ones about their stay in Petrozavodsk and their favorite places in Russia. The presentations were illustrated with colorful pictures that showed the beauty of Russian nature and culture.
Baris from Turkey visited Russia for the first time and liked St. Petersburg most of all because of the attractive metro and the city’s European architecture.
Timothy, a Ph.D. student from Minnesota, visited numerous places in Karelia and Russia. He got acquainted with the wooden architecture of Kizhi and Kondopoga, with palaces of Petergof, walked down St. Petersburg streets from his favorite Russian novels, admired the beauty of nature on Solovki, in Kivach and on the Onego lake, tried Karelian cakes with fish, okroshka and kvass, picked berries in the forest, played lapta and volleyball with new Russian friends.
Cristina from Greece is interested in architecture and loves old buildings. She mentioned the railway station and river boat station in Petrozavodsk, churches in Kizhi and Solovki. These are unique and beautiful from the architecture aspect places with an old history. Also during her stay Cristina learned how to cook belyash and shared the recipe with the others.
In return, the new students showed their progress in the Russian language by presenting the poetry translated into Russian. Katie from Great Britain told the English children’s song. Michiel from the Netherlands told the poem “Evening” written by Fedor Tyutchev. Guillem from Spain presented two poems: one by Anselm Turmeda written in the XIIIth century and translated from Catalan and the other one by Antonio Machado dated 1912 and translated from Spanish. Adam from Serbia presented a few short poems with hidden meaning translated from Serbian that resemble Russian proverbs.
The Russian Culture Day terminated with a Russian song “The Blue Coach” from a famous Russian cartoon Cheburashka, performed by the students and the Russian language teacher Ekaterina.