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Meetings with Yaroslavl on line:

Next 30 June 2020 14:00 - 15:30

Zoom Logo and link to Zoom Site

We are currently holding on-line meet-ups with our members and those of our partner organisation in Yaroslavl

 

We talk mainly in English, although some members like to try a little Russian for which they get feedback direct from Russia and great encouragement.

 

We meet Tuesday afternoons 14:00 - 16:30. If you are unable to participate during the day do let us know. We can probably arrange for a chat with Russia ata time more convenient for you.

 

We send the link for the meetings out to members. If you want to know about a meeting a different time please let us know.

 

If you are not a member but would like to know more, please contact us.

Ask for link, password or information

 


Russian Conversation Group - on line

15 June 2020 14:30 to 16:00

Domovoy, Russian good luck fairy

Next Russian Conversation Group meeting will be on 15 June 14:30 16:00 via Zoom. Veronika will be Leader.

 

Select an object that has special meaning for you. Show it to the group and talk about it in Russian for a few minutes.

 

The picture is a Domovoy, which is a Russian Fairy. He always has a luxurious beard and always is the bearer of Good Fortune and Health. Its an idea to have one in every room. We may see a Domovoy at our meeting?

 

Ask to join our Russian Conversation Group

 


Russian Conversation Group - 15 June 2020

Our May Russian Conversation Group meeting was most successful. Particular thanks to Olga who acted as leader and told us interesting things about Russian culture and gave great encouragement.

 

The poems that people presented were:«Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека...»

Самуил Маршак: «Праздник леса»

Александр Блок: «Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека...»

Булат Окуджава: «Эта комната»

 

The next meeting will be on 15 June 2020. We have moved to the Zoom “free package”, which may or may not give us full time allocation.

 

We therefore ask that all participants do not take too long when presenting something to us, thereby limiting time available for others.

 

Ask for link and password

 


Yaroslavl Group Visit Exeter 07 - 16 June 2020

Exeter College

Yaroslavl guests will be coming to Exeter 07 – 16 June. I have been told that there is good demand from people wanting to come to Exeter.

 

However, our friends understand that the number of people we can receive will depend on availability of hosts. We don’t know who will be in the group, nor whether some guests will go off on a coach trip during their visit. That could depend on numbers and who comes.

 

We would appreciate a few more volunteers to act as hosts. If you would be willing to host someone could you let us know as soon as possible. We would be grateful. Similarly if you want more information about the visit or want to get involve please conact us

 

Enquire about the visit from Yaroslavl

 


Anniversary party of Coventry and Volgograd Twinning.

Online 6 June.

Front Page Coventry Standard 10 June 1944

We have been invited to the anniversary party of Coventry and Volgograd Twinning. On line 6 June. Any EYTA member who would like the Zoom link please ask. Programme below:

 

INVITATION From Coventry & Volgograd bond of Friendship Committee to Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. Online Zoom Happy Birthday Street Party from Coventry

Volgograd Place in Coventry

Coventry Street in Volgograd

 

11.00 am UK time

Happy 76th Birthday to Coventry and Stalingrad/Volgograd Bond of Friendship Committee greetings from the participants of twinning projects and events

11.20 am

Happy Birthday to The Queen! The Stalingrad Story of the English Queen book presentation

11.30 am

Happy Birthday The Twin Towns and Sister Cities Movement greetings from our friends Invitations to the new projects

11.40 am

Tea Coffee break

12.00 pm

Happy Birthday to Alexandr Pushkin from Volgograd the UN Day of the Russian Language and Culture Till 1pm - 1.30pm

5 pm

Happy Twinning Birthday, Coventry Twin Towns and Sister Cities Flowers to Coventry Twin Cities Round Table at the Herbert Gallery

 

Request link for the party

 


Exeter - Yaroslavl Keep in Touch Meeting 2 June

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A reminder that Tuesday 2 June 2020 at 14:00 we will have our Exeter – Yaroslavl Keep in Touch meeting.

 

If there are any topics you'd like to raise please let us know. We will put together an agenda.

We will have guests, John and Emara from Exeter City Council and Olga from Coventry – Volgograd Twinning. Olga is involved in a special on-line event between those cities on 6 June at which we will represented.

See https://thetwinsistercitiesclub.wordpress.com/category/events/

 


Russian Conversation Group - 18 May 2020

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We had a most successful first on-line Russian Conversation Group. We were particularly pleased that 3 Russian people joined us and chatted to us.

 

Next Meeting will 18 May 2020 on line Zoom 14:30 – 16:00

Link to be sent out separately

 

Leader: Veronika

Topic: “What I have been watching during the quarantine”

 

Nataliya suggested we comment on the film “ContagionBook Cover 'The Shoemaker and His Daughter and link to Review'

If you are unable to see the film please talk about an alternative of your choice

 

Incidentally, the book that Eliza recommended at our first on-line meeting was “The Shoemaker and his Daughter” by Conor O’Clery. See here.

 

Ask for link and password

 


On-line Monthly Coffee - Meet-up 12 May 2020 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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We really enjoyed the chance to meet up by Zoom, particularly so as a number of our Yaroslavl friends were able to be with us.

 

We spoke mainly in English, although some of our people spoke some Russian. They got feedback direct from Russia and great encouragement. We were also introduced to cats.

 

We have decided to do it again on Tuesday 12 May 2020. If you weren't with us first time round we would be delighted to see next time.

 

We have sent the link out to members. If you haven't received it please let us know.

 

If you are not a member but would like to know more, please contact us.

 

Ask for link, password or information

 


On-line Monthly Coffee - Meet-up 5 May 2020

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Tuesday 5 May 2:00 – 4:00 pm we will have a chance to meet up via Zoom. Our Yaroslavl friends have also been invited, so we can hear the news from Russia. We don’t think you need to download Zoom.

 

You simply click on the link and use the password if necessary.

 

The details have already been sent out to members. If you are a member who has not received the link or if you are not a member but would like to know more, please contact us.

 

Ask for link, password or information

 


Russian Conversation Group Monday 27 April 2:30

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Veronika has kindly agreed to lead an on-line Russian Conversation Group on Monday 27 April, time 14:30 to 16:00. Time is slightly earlier than usual, because Veronika will be taking a Russian language class at 16:30

 

Topic will be “What I have been doing during the current quarantine”. You may like to start preparing something.

 

We will use Zoom. The link to join the group has been sent to those members who usually participate in the group. If you have not received it or would like to join in please let us know.

 

We are looking forward to seeing and talking to each other again. Hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

 

Ask for link and password

 


Planning Meeting for Visit of Yaroslavl Guests: 27 March 2020

Picture of George's Meeting House, Exeter and link to information about the venue and its location

27 March 2020 will be our next meeting to continue planning the visit of our Yaroslavl visitors.

 

14:00 start and expected finish 15:30 or ealier.

 

Our visitors will be with us 7 - 16 June 2020 and we want to ensure that they have great visit.

 

We made good progress at our first meeting aand even if this will be your first meeting you are most welcome to come along on 27 March. The meeting is open to all members, or even potential members.

 

You can download an electronic diary appointment here.

 

Here are details of the venue, including location.

 


Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia

Russian Ballerina and link to ticket sales

Irina Hilditch, one of our Russian members, has drawn our attention to the visit to Britain by the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia.

 

They will be touring here 14 February - 15 March 2020, at various venues around the country, the closest to us being Bournemouth

 

They will perform Coppelia, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker

 

Details of dates and ticket sales are here

 

About the company (in Russian)

 


Planning Meeting for Visit of our Yaroslavl Guests:

28 February 2020

Picture of George's Meeting House, Exeter and link to information about the venue and its location

On 28 February 2020 we will have a meeting to begin planning the visit of our Yaroslavl visitors.

 

14:00 start and we expect to finish by 16:00 or ealier.

 

Our visitors will be with us 07 - 16 June 2020 and we want to ensure that they have great visit.

 

The meeting is open to all members, or even potential members.

 

You can download an electronic diary appointment here.

 

Here are details of the venue, including location.

 


Russian Conversation Group 17 February 2020

Russian Book - Brothers Karamazov

Reminder: Russian Conversation Group meeting 17 February 2020 14:45 – 16:30

Leader Veronika

Topic: Building on explanation of Russian verbal aspects Preparation. Prepare some Russian sentences using imperfect and perfect aspects.

 

Veronika has also asked whether we would be interested in a reading club? That would be a good help to language learning. Please let me know or Veronika when we see her on 17 February:

 

«Если интерес к клубу чтения будет , дайте мне знать . Мне кажется раз в месяц - это будет хорошим подспорьем в языке»

 

If you would know more about our association and or our Russian Conversation Group please get in touch

 


Russian Conversation Group 20 January 2020

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Leader: Veronika

Venue: Exeter

По-Русски

 

 

Мы дослушаем истории . И я думаю поработаем над аспектом в русском на примере историй

 

Составьте рассказ «Как я провёл рождество»

 

Обратите внимание на то, по какому принципу вы будете выбирать verbs для рассказа . Для этого сначала представьте зрительно картинку и потом подумайте , важен вам процесс или результат?

 

Пример

Весь вечер мы разговаривали; и ели индюшку» ( процесс , imperfect)
«Я развернул подарок и увидел ;шарф такой же , как в прошлом году»

( результат perfect , beware of prefixes)

 

In English

 

 

We will hear any outstanding work from last time.

Then work on aspects of Russian verbs using our accounts of how we spent Christmas. So write about "How I Spent Christmas"

 

Note the principle of choosing appropriate verbs for the story.
Imagine the picture visually and then think, which is most important, the process or the result?


Example:
“All evening we talked and ate turkey (process: imperfect)
“I unwrapped the gift and saw the scarf, which was the same as last year” (perfect: result – take care with prefixes)

 

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Exeter - UNESCO City of Literature

Young people at the interschool interactive game

Exeter has been awarded prestigious UNESCO City of Literature status, It is the only place in the UK to be given the status this time around. It joins 65 cities across the world who have become part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

 

Our friends in Yaroslavl are proud to have a twin city with this status.

 

To mark this honour 14th December the teachers of English who are the members of the Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society held an interschool interactive game "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader". The participants talked about English literature and the event took place in Tutaev Secondary School No 6. Yaroslavl Schools 3, 4 and 36 and Gavrilov Yam School 6 participated.

 

You can read a report in excellent English written by Aleksandra Karachevtseva, one of the participants.

 


Russian Christmas Dinner 9th January 2020

Exeter College

Russian Xmas is in January and we will hold a Russian Xmas Dinner on 9th January at @34 Restaurant from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The students of the college will prepare and serve a meal for us planned by one of our Russian members, based on the sorts of dishes that Russian people eat at Xmas.

 

Menu

Starter: Zakuski, Baked Piroshki (Beef/ Mushroom) / Rye bread

Main: Salmon Coulibiac

Desert: Smetannik Cake

Petit four:Pampushky

 

Demand has been high. However, if you are thinking about attending please ask as soon as possible for further details and availability. If we can we will try to fit you in.

Enquire about the Russian Xmas Dinner

 


Happy Christmas from Irina Peneva

Card with Happy Christmas in Russian

Irina Peneva has wished us a Happy Christmas. She is Chairperson of Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society, our partner organisation in Russia.

 

Christmas Day in Russia is on 7th January. Russian people will be returning to work or school from 9th January.

 


Christmas Greetings from Yaroslavl

Greetings card from Yaroslavl

We have received Christmas Greetings Season's Greetings from our friends at Yaroslavl City Hall and International Department, Yaroslavl

 

The wish Merry Christmas to everyone in the Association and hope to see us next year!