We proceed to introduce you with international students who study at the Summer University of the Linguistic Centre of PetrSU.
Marek Pavlovich from Slovakia has come to PetrSU for the second time to take part in the Russian language programme. “I like studying here, because it’s excellent value for money, - the guy explains. – “From my childhood I’ve been on good terms with money. When I was I pupil, I’ve begun to save money. Being a teenager I mastered a profession of weldor, which helps me now to make very good money; sometimes I work as a workman at different construction projects. All earnings I put in my education. I think it is a good investment”.
Marek is indeed an expert in investments and finance. He is a certified accountant and economist. Marek graduated from the Commercial college and University in Bratislava and was enrolled at Master’s programme “International financial management” at the Martin Luther University (Germany).
The additional education, especially learning of languages, is another step for achieving Marek’s ambitious goal – working at one of the Swiss banks. “Last year I made an attempt to get a job here, but they turned me down due to the fact that my knowledge of English and German languages is not enough for that position, but knowledge of Russian language can be a big advantage for the job connection”, – Marek told us. Now he tries to do his best in learning Russian language, and his knowledge of the language has already improved a lot. He is planning to pass TORFL-3 (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language, level 3) in September that will allow him to build his career in Russian language.
Marek admits that he uses every opportunity for improving his knowledge – he speaks only in Russian, watches Russian films and reads Russian authors in original. “My friends advised me to read Akunin, and I really liked it. I’ve already read 3-4 books about Erast Fandorin’s adventures. During my readings, when I see new words, I don’t use a dictionary, I try to understand the meaning by myself”, – Marek said.
Once Marek got oneself in funny situation: when he arrived to Petrozavodsk for the first time last year, he went to a café to have a lunch, so he ordered a soup as a first dish and a… soup instead of meat with vegetables. “Now I carefully read the words and think before choose anything!” – Marek said smiling.
We wish Marek good luck in learning Russian language and passing the exam!