Sabine Heyvaert

Hello from Belgium! I am a Dutch-speaking, working mother of 2 lovely daughters and try to learn Russian in my free time. I love languages; and you? Sabine

'The Madonnas of Leningrad'

It is becoming rarer over the years but now and then I still get touched by a book. 'The Madonnas of Leningrad' by Debra Dean managed to move me this week. It is the story of an old Russian woman who has Alzheimer's... http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.be/2012/09/the-madonnas-of-leningrad.htmlSabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more
I read this book years ago (hmm possibly even reviewed it here on BlogHer) and I loved it. It's ...more

Next holiday destination: Ukraine

As a mum of two little daughters, it is not always easy to travel where I want. But here is my next destination: Ukraine. A bit limited in time, but hey, it is important to honour the small things...http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/12/next-holiday-destination-ukraine.html Sabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Russian food

Yesterday we had our Christmas party in the evening school where I study Russian. Thanks to the book Culinaria Russia (http://www.ullmann-publishing.com/), even I managed to prepare something for the everyone-brings-some-food-or-drinks party. If you always wanted to know what blinis, zakuski, borscht, pelmeni... are, then put this book on your Christmas wish list!  http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/12/russian-food.htmlEnjoy!...more

Turning 40, being greedy

I'm turning 40 and I realise: I am greedy!http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/12/turning-40-being-greedy.htmlSabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Memory loss

Why do we forget so easily when we are learning a language? Is it general or does it have to do with age? (my concern as I am turning 40 this year :-)) Whatever the reason, I decided to start looking for remedies!http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/10/memory-loss.html Sabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Too much food for the brain

So we took a good start with our Russian class. We have a new teacher this year which corresponds to a new style. She is a native speaker and we will talk talk talk this year.http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/09/too-much-food-for-brain.html Sabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Back to school: for mummy as well...

Classes started again last week, on 1 September to be precise. My daughters had an excellent first schoolday, happy to see all their friends again. And mummy had the same experience in the evening :-)http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/09/first-schoolday.html#more Sabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Show me the beauty!

It is my impression that it is in - especially among (mostly male) correspondents, journalists, photographers - to show anything but the beauty of Russia.http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-me-beauty.html Sabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Deutsch Deutsch Deutsch - piece of cake

I am currently doing an intensive summer course German. Compared to studying Russian, German is a piece of cake (for me with mothertongue Dutch).http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/08/deutsch-deutsch-deutsch-piece-of-cake.html Sabinehttp://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more

Hip hip...

Today is the first anniversary of my blog 'The pleasure and pain of studying Russian'. Time for a little party :-) http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com/2011/08/hip-hip-1st-anniversary-of-pleasure-and.html   Sabine http://howtostudyrussian.blogspot.com...more