Southport U3A

Russian – Language and Culture

Day of MeetingsFortnightly, Thursdays
Time10:30 – 12:30
VenuesVarious Home Addresses
LeadersChris Devereux is the main point of contact. However, each session is led by each group member on a rota basis.
Click the link to email:Russian – Language and Culture leader

Currently, we are meeting on-line via Zoom and are being joined in some of our sessions by Liudmila Marinina, a Professor of Media English at one of St Petersburg`s universities. We also meet monthly for face-to-face tea/coffee mornings in order to help us all through the Coronavirus situation. 

We have been reading in Russian, wonderful, edited versions of the classic Russian novels `Anna Karyenina` by Lyev Tolstoy and Lyermontov`s `A Hero of Our Time`.  At the moment we are reading and studying the grammar, in its natural context, of Gogol`s `Taras Bulba`. Following our virtual tea/coffee breaks, we move into the cultural sections of the sessions. These are organised by the group members; again on a rota system.

Southport u3a Russian Language and Culture
Pу́сский Язы́к

We are a mixed group, with some of our members new to the language and some having had experience of it for many years. We are continuing our focus on extending our conversations, having learned to read, pronounce and write the letters of the Cyrillic Alphabet and to recognise Russian basic vocabulary. Each group member organises his/her session on a rota basis.

The group was established in 2010. During our early group of sessions, during the cultural sections, we watched internet video footage of for example, the Siege of Leningrad, tours of St Petersburg, Peterhof, the incredible Hermitage Museum and the Bolshoi and Maly Theatres in Moscow.

We have explored the most famous works of Russian literature, theatre and music and even invited native Russian speakers to talk to us about their `Motherland`. Also, as an important part of the cultural sections of our sessions, we organise Summer and Winter Study Days in various beautiful locations in Lancashire to promote `The Grey Economy`, organise visits to local theatres to see performances of Russian dramas and even see streamed performances of the Bolshoi Ballet here in Southport.

Our aim has always been to use our language skills in a practical way and so it was wonderful to be able to use our learning in simple but confident conversations during our June 2017 Titan Travel-guided holiday to Moscow and St Petersburg.

The language is difficult to learn but we do have great fun!!! If you need some encouragement regarding Zoom, click HERE for a useful pep talk..

So, if you like a challenge and have any questions, then please contact me by email

Best wishes,
Chris Devereux

Our Russian group have been busy over the years and there are many articles which we can’t fit onto this page.

Take a look at their archive for more items.

Dates For Your Diary

    27 Jan 2022

    10:30 am

    Russian Language and Culture

    We are a mixed group, with some of our members new to the language and some having had experience of it for many years.

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