Syria Bachelor in Geology, University of Damascus Russian language course, Ural Federal University
I’m in Russia in order to continue my study for the master’s degree. I made this decision after I lost my job in an oil company because of the Syrian crisis. My parents live in the capital of Syria, Damascus, my brother lives and works in England.
I study Russian, it’s very interesting, but it is not easy to learn it quickly. We study five subjects: Grammar, Writing, Listening, Dialogs Practice and Reading. We read Russian fairytales and stories in Russian. I really like the subjects, the methodology of teaching is new, professional, not boring at all, I also want to mention how passionate and patient the teachers are, and I really appreciate that.
I can tell that the university is well developed and organized, which makes it very helpful and convenient for foreign students.
I knew about Russia since I was 6 years old because I have been here at that age with my family in order to visit my uncle who studied in Moscow and was married to a Russian woman, so I’m somehow familiar with the faces, the language, the music, even though I was a little kid, I still remember how big is the Red Square, remember how well organized the soldiers were. It was kind of interesting that I was there in September 1991, in the last 3 months of Soviet Union, and went back to Syria in the end of November, when things started to change.When I was in Russiafor the first time I played with Russian kids of my age and also played with a dog I still remember its name was “Lena”, and here I watched Cheburashka for the first time, and I can say that he is still my Russian hero.
Now I’m here again after almost 22 years, but now it is the Russian Federation.Things have changed, of course. I have good knowledge of the Russian history, because my parents were interested in the Soviet Union, and in our home in Syria we have a lot of various Russian books translated into Arabic. We are up to date by the internet and the media, so I can say:“Yes, reality met my expectation about Russia but of course not one hundred percent”.
Russia is a great country, with a great history, it is playing a major role in the world and it has a lot of opportunities, but I think the start is always very difficult and especially in Russia, honestly it’s a hard country to live in, the weather is freezing cold, it’s just amazing how people can make life possible here, and I must say that the people of Yekaterinburg are very kind and helpful especially when I get lost or try to reach a certain place.
Russia celebrates special days in a unique way such as, the 8th of March and the 9th of May. I’m really excited about them and very happy to be here!
Created / Updated: 24 December 2015 / 24 December 2015