What is an excellent student for you?
I am a purposeful and very curious person, I was also good at school. I like the learning process itself - I try very hard, read a lot and put maximum effort.
What do you need besides your own efforts to be an excellent student?
Firstly, a good teacher who is able to clearly explain. Second is a good library, necessary books, study guides, in which there are many examples that help to understand the material. For a student, the support of the university is still important. And probably good atmosphere in the classroom.
What do you like most about Russian?
I like grammar - it's not just cases, it is much wider. We, teachers of the Russian language, must know all the subtleties of the language in order to teach it. To do this, every year I participate in conferences of my department of RFL, I also published my articles in collections of conferences held in Ukraine and Armenia. At the XV All-Russian Olympiad in Russian as a foreign language among students from 20 universities I took the 2nd place! As a future teacher of the Russian language, I want to know in detail the system of the Russian language, how this language works and, of course, understand how to teach it in the future.
What inspires you in your chosen field of activity?
I like to work and communicate with people, especially with children. I believe that I have a gift to explain something to people, to convey information in a clear and intelligible language. I like to learn languages myself, but it is very important for me that people speak correctly. And I want and am ready to share my knowledge, make their speech correct and beautiful.
What is the most difficult and most interesting subject during your training?
The most difficult thing is philosophy and mathematics (laughs). It was interesting to study word formation, because knowing the ways of forming words, we can easily form new ones without even looking in the dictionary.
The most interesting word when you first started to learn Russian? What Russian words did you immediately introduce your family to?
The long word dostoprimechatelnost “a tourist attraction”.
Basically, these are words that are associated with student life: a contract, student card, hostel.
Do you have philologists in your family?
My younger brother is currently in the 2nd year of the Faculty of Philology at RUDN University, so it’s a small dynasty already. He began to study Russian at school, thanks to his teacher he liked this language. He asked me about life in Russia, if it is difficult to study. I told him that there are difficulties, but if you have firmly decided for yourself, everything will work out. As Luka, the hero of Maxim Gorky’s work “At the Bottom” says: “A man can do anything if he wants to!”
What do you like to do besides studying?
I like going to the cinema, to the theater and just taking a walk around the city. Moscow is very beautiful.
Do you have a driver’s license? If you win a car, where would you like to go?
I have a license back in Cyprus. If I win, I’ll go to Red Square (laughs).
Interviewed by Pauline Olikh