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17 March 2016

Siberian Adventures Of Italian Journalist

Paolo Stefanini came from Milan to Tomsk Polytechnic University to learn the Russian language and seek adventures in Siberia two years ago. He speaks Russian fluently, travels around the country and writes in Italian for “The Russian newspaper”.

Paolo had been working for Italian newspapers and magazines for ten years in order to achieve his goal. He took a two-year leave and went to learn the Russian language.

“I’m 35 now and I’m a student again. I don’t know why I have such a dream. Nobody in my family has spoken Russian before. I bought my first textbook in Russian when I was 15, it was very difficult to study on my own”, told Paolo.

He began learning the Russian language with the alphabet. Paolo noted that there were differences between the Russian and Italian languages. For example, the Italian language doesn’t have cases or verb aspects.

Paolo Stefanini works as an Italian tutor and writes for “The Russian newspaper”. He writes about Siberia, cookery, ice sculptures in Tomsk for Italians.

Paolo chose Siberia because he was tired of megalopolises.

“It’s ineffective to learn Russian, for example, in Moscow because many people speak English as well as Italian. So I chose Tomsk as it’s small and very comfortable. Then I found a special program at Tomsk Polytechnic University. In addition, I wanted adventures. I visited Baikal, Khakasia, northern Salekhard, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and even Biribidzhan”, said the journalist.

The most surprising thing for Paolo in Siberia was snow.

Besides, he couldn’t find “Italian pizza” in Tomsk. “Italians prefer using thin dough with little filling when cooking pizza. Russians do otherwise”, told Paolo.

The language program will come to an end soon and Paolo is thinking about coming home to Italy.

The information was taken from the website: http://news.tpu.ru/news/2016/03/03/24839/


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