I started learning Russian because I thought the Cyrillic alphabet was beautiful and I was learning on my own for a few months. I realised I was really struggling with pronunciation and making myself understood to native speakers, and that I needed a professional teacher. The lessons with Irina have been fantastic, I really enjoy them and I feel like I’m progressing quickly. I’m planning to travel to Russia this summer and do the trans Siberian railway. Long term I hope to get B2 status on the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language exam and study for a year in Moscow.