"I started to learn Russian two years ago. I was a complete beginner and I found the language quite challenging at the beginning. Fortunately, Elena is an excellent teacher. She quickly made me interested in the language and willing to understand how the language works. The course was mostly in Russian but Elena is using a lot of pictures which makes you understand the meaning of the words without having to necessarily translate them. She was bringing new themes/topics very regularly, which keeps the courses interesting and allows you to learn new vocabulary all the time. She is always very kind, patient and available. I remember that I could send her my questions by email during any day of the week and she would answer in a short time scale. I could tell in the way she was teaching that she loves her job and she really wanted us to succeed, which was very motivating. She is probably one of the most optimistic and positive persons I have ever met and surely one of the best teachers I have ever had. She is also a wonderful person to discuss with, who is interested in you as a person, and not only as a student. I am very thankful to Elena and Olga for making these Russian language courses possible. I also really enjoyed the Russian movie nights organised by Olga, which gave me the opportunity to meet native Russian speakers and to discuss with them."