Category Archives: English and Russian

TOEFL iBT vs. IELTS: one simple difference

I read plenty of articles before making my decision, which exam to take for a European Master program. Some of my colleagues with a high English proficiency told me that the TOEFL iBT required in Europe proportionally higher scores than IELTS, as TOEFL iBT is an American exam. Furthermore, TOEFL iBT would be more helpful if one decides to study in the USA.

You know what? My English was really bad when I decided to take the exam. Probably, it was a Pre-Intermediate level – and I needed scores for at least an Upper-Intermediate level. As I was preparing myself for an international Master from the Erasmus Mundus pool, which requires less English knowledge as it was created for students from the third countries, the minimum passing scores for programs were TOEFL iBT 80 for Environmental Science and TOEFL iBT 90 for very simple programs in Economics. There was, however, a program about Mathematical Modeling, which required only TOEFL iBT 75…

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Let’s leave it all and travel the world? No, thanks!

Personally, I consider myself an expat. Many dictionaries explain the word “expat” as somebody who lives in a country different from the country he/she was born in. In my perception, an expat is a person who lived in different countries for a longer period of time (6 months+) and, in general, is able to live anywhere.

How does the life of an expat differ from the life of those guys from Instagram posting every week photos from new places and moving to new countries every month? This is the future perspectives. An expat plans to get married, get kids, build a house, have a wealthy life when he/she is old. You want and you can travel, but you also want to BUILD something, to be able to compare life in various countries and to choose a country for yourself. You may even decide to return to the country you were born in after many years – and you will not consider yourself a looser.

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Thought for the day

Контролёр: “Так, сейчас проверим опоздания поездов на Вашем маршруте…Ооо-оо, ничего себе маршрут!”
А мне вспоминаются все поездки часов по 18 в Москву на поезде..за первыми визами…

Train worker: “Let’s check if any of the trains in your ticket might be late…Ooo-oo, such a WAY!”

And I still remember those trains to Moscow..about 18 hours on the train..for my first visas…

Be my guest

Dear reader,

As the time offers new opportunities and brings in new ideas, I got something new for you, too. I have seen a lot, and I have much to tell – so, be my guest in this blog where I will share my vision of life and career of a modern international woman as well as my opinion regarding the cultural differences and integration problems in different countries.

This blog has been created, first of all, as a help for my Russian friends to explore new opportunities and lifestyles outside of Russia. I will give my best to write as simple as possible, and often you will find a Russian translation below. I hope that you will be able not only to enjoy the reading, but also to improve your English, as learning languages is essential for your future.

See you soon,

Russianladyabroad


Дорогой читатель,

Как время предлагает новые возможности и приносит нам новые идеи, так и я кое-что для тебя приготовила. Мне удалось многое увидеть, и многое осталось несказанным – поэтому приглашаю тебя стать читателем моего блога, в котором я поделюсь своим видением жизни и международной карьеры современной женщины, а также собственным мнением относительно культурных различий и проблем интеграции в разных странах.

Этот блог был создан, прежде всего, для того, чтобы помочь моим друзьям из России открыть для себя новые возможности и варианты устройства жизни за границей. Я буду писать преимущественно на английском, стараясь подбирать максимально простые выражения, но порой буду добавлять и полноценный перевод на русский в конце поста. Очень надеюсь, что ты не только насладишься чтением, но и сможешь подтянуть английский, потому что изучение языков крайне важно для твоего будущего.

До скорой встречи,

Russianladyabroad

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