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Russian Newsletter

U3A Russian Language Groups

Newsletter 5

I am sending you with this newsletter an invitation to a U3A Language Group Study Day, which I am leading with Heather Westrup, the General Languages Adviser. The day is for leaders of U3A language groups, any language at any level, and we aim to provide and share ideas for the enjoyable and productive study of languages for U3A learners. It would be great to meet some of you if you are able to get to Gerrards Cross. It is on the Chiltern railway line from Marylebone and on the A40 at SL9 7AD. Do come along if you can. It would also be very helpful if you could pass the invitation on to leaders of any other language groups in your U3A. Continue reading Russian Newsletter


Russian Newsletter 3

U3A Russian groups – Newsletter 3

I am sharing a few bits of cultural information that have come my way recently. I am sure many of you will have heard about the UK – Russia Year of Culture 2014 as there are a number of events planned across the UK.  The best sources of information are either the British Council website or the Russia beyond the Headlines site:, which seems to have the most up to date details.  If you want to see the events planned for Russia,  then try http://ukrussia2014/ru.  This can be translated into English on the site or maybe used in Russian as authentic material for a session.

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Russian Newsletter 2

U3A Russian Language Newsletter January 2014



I have had a few more comments on materials since the last newsletter.  A couple of people have mentioned the” Teach Yourself” series of books and CDs which has been useful to them.  One group leader has mentioned “501 Russian Verbs” which she uses frequently – purchased second hand from Amazon.  She also mentions how she slows the pace of “Colloquial Russian” by producing lots of worksheets for individual grammar points and practice drills.

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Russian Newsletter 1

U3A Russian Language Groups Newsletter 1

Since becoming the National Subject Adviser for Russian language, almost all the enquiries I have received have been from potential group members  If you are running a group in or near Chester, Radlett, Bridlington, Hertford or Enfield – or indeed any points in between – I would be pleased to hear from you.

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Is our Russian Group typical?

This article appeared in U3A Sources in January 2014. 

When I say that we have a Russian group in the Princes Risborough and District U3A, people are very often surprised and make comments about how difficult a language it is and they assume we are a very small group.  In fact we have ten members but only three of those members are from the local U3A.  We make full use of the cooperative aspect of the U3A and welcome participants from other local – and not so local – U3As where there is no provision for Russian.

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