After another wet winter weekend in Auckland, it is time to improve your winter vocabulary with the help of Sergey, our Russian teacher.

In some parts of Russia, temperatures do get brutal during winter. Yakutsk, for example, which is located about 450 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, has an average winter temperature of −34 °C. The coldest temperatures ever recorded on the planet outside Antarctica occurred in the basin of the Yana River to the northeast of Yakutsk and those were lower than -60°C.

Yakut folklore says that, at such temperatures, if you shout to a friend and they cannot hear you, it is because the words have frozen in the air. However, when spring comes the words “thaw” and one can hear everything that was said months ago.

But now back to our winter competition:

Paint, draw or create an image of the poem below that Sergey provided and be in to win a free conversation class at Language Hub! Just submit your work of art to one of the lovely people in the office and you’re in. The best image in each language wins.

Russian language poem:

А. С. Пушкин. “Вот север, тучи нагоняя…”

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Вот   север ,  тучи   нагоняя ,

Дохнул, завыл — и вот сама

Идет волшебница зима.

Пришла, рассыпалась; клоками

Повисла на суках дубов;

Легла волнистыми коврами

Среди полей, вокруг холмов;

Брега с недвижною рекою

Сравняла пухлой пеленою;

Блеснул мороз. И рады мы

Проказам матушки зимы.


(отрывок из романа Евгений Онегин)