Galina is passionate about Russian language and Russian culture! It brought much joy to see her work with children at the Victoria Russian school in 2019. Kids learn Russian fast... read more

    Angelika Revoy Avatar Angelika Revoy
    April 3, 2023

    I find that learning the Russian language very insightful and that Galina explains it very well, whatever your level of understanding for the Russian language. Learning a new language is... read more

    Jonnie Cleveland Avatar Jonnie Cleveland
    December 21, 2022

    Fun, engaging and thoughtful lessons make learning Russian an absolute pleasure! I cannot recommend Galina more highly. Her courses are great for all levels of learning, includes lots of varied... read more

    Rianna MacLeod Avatar Rianna MacLeod
    December 20, 2022

    Galina taught me in a beginner Russian class (with zero prior experience with speaking, reading or writing the language) and was excellent at teaching concepts and keeping classes fun and... read more

    Stephanie Tarasoff Avatar Stephanie Tarasoff
    February 9, 2023

    Highly recommend Galina's classes! Anna and I have been interested in Russian language and culture for a long time. We've been loving learning about both. Galina has done an amazing... read more

    Noah Masters Avatar Noah Masters
    January 18, 2023

    Galina is full of passion and love for the Russian language, and that makes her a wonderful teacher to our two girls. Our children started learning Russian with Galina 2... read more

    Alla Kalujina Gauvreau Avatar Alla Kalujina Gauvreau
    June 15, 2023

    just had my first lesson! Dr. Sanaeva is engaging, friendly, customizes lessons really well, and has a real passion for teaching the language and culture in tandem. I'm particularly interested... read more

    Jinx Whysper Avatar Jinx Whysper
    December 4, 2022

    Galina is a great teacher. She is well organized and brings culture to class. I highly recommend her class.

    Matt Garner Avatar Matt Garner
    February 8, 2023

    Galina Sanaeva is an excellent Russian teacher.

    Ian Janice Avatar Ian Janice
    February 9, 2023

    Great classes that cater well to what and how the student wants to learn. Very friendly and flexible teacher. I have been taking lessons for a couple of years now... read more

    Chris Russell Avatar Chris Russell
    January 18, 2023

    I have undertaken several Russian courses with Galina since January 2021, firstly at University of Victoria, Canada and now through her own business Russian Language. I can honestly say that... read more

    Petra Nolan Avatar Petra Nolan
    April 14, 2023

    Dr. Sanaeva is an exceptional educator who I highly recommend. She has been tutoring my son for quite some time now. Her extensive knowledge and passion for the subject are... read more

    Aleksey Napolskih Avatar Aleksey Napolskih
    December 20, 2022

    Learning Russian language and culture with Galina is an absolute pleasure. She is so obviously passionate about her work and shares her love for the culture in a variety of... read more

    Jacinthe Lauzier Avatar Jacinthe Lauzier
    February 24, 2023

    Galina is a highly knowledgeable, engaging and patient language teacher. I had the good fortune of taking one of her classes in person where I learned a tremendous amount... read more

    Shane Yamamoto Avatar Shane Yamamoto
    March 1, 2023

    I recently had the pleasure of taking Galina's Beginner Russian Language Course, and I am thrilled to share my positive experience. Galina is a fantastic instructor who is not only... read more

    Douglas Walker Avatar Douglas Walker
    April 14, 2023

    Galina is an exceptional Russian teacher who has impressed both me and my children with her professionalism and intelligence. Her teaching style is engaging and effective, making it easy for... read more

    Dmitry Anoshin Avatar Dmitry Anoshin
    April 4, 2023

    Galina was my son's Russian teacher for a few years. She is a great teacher! Galina keeps her lessons fun and engaging through a variety of activities that improve conversation,... read more

    Светлана Куницина Avatar Светлана Куницина
    February 7, 2023

Zbigniew Cierpiński | MA International Affairs, Journalist, Election Expert | Poland

Galina can inspire a genuine interest in Russia which will awaken your passion for self-discovery and open your eyes to millions of things related to Russia and Russian culture.

If you are looking for a teacher with a holistic approach to teaching and  comprehensive self- development, Galina is the right person. It definitely will not be a boring routine.

Dr Petra Nolan | Senior Writer/Editor | Australia

I have undertaken several Russian courses with Galina at the University of Victoria, Canada since January 2021. I can honestly say that Galina is the best language teacher I’ve ever had. I live in Sydney Australia, and I keep coming back to Galina’s classes in Canada because I get so much out of them. 

Galina is not only a native Russian speaker, but she also holds postgraduate qualifications in literature and linguistics, and it’s clear that she is passionate about teaching, and she understands language at a very fundamental level. Galina delivers classes that are enjoyable, interactive and varied. She designs activities that really engage the learners – this encompasses Russian songs, history, cuisine and many other aspects of culture. I have learned so much about Russia while learning the language and all its grammatical intricacies. 

Galina is an inclusive teacher who is aware of students’ different levels of Russian fluency and specific learning challenges, and she has a knack for accommodating these variables while engaging the whole class. This is no mean feat and something that only an experienced language teacher can achieve. Class progression is logical and allows consolidated learning, which gives excellent outcomes. 

Galina sets interesting homework tasks that I always enjoy completing. Galina has made learning Russian so much fun, I’ve made friends in class, and she has reignited my love of learning languages. Galina’s Russian classes are always one of the highlights of my week. I plan to take more of Galina’s classes. I recommend her highly – 10/10!

Kamaljeet (KJ) Singh | Software Developer | Canada

It is seldom that one gets the chance to learn from someone who is so passionate about what they teach. Galina uplifts language learning, by focusing beyond words and grammar rules, she will enlighten you with the origins of words, the Russian culture and the food. The fact that Galina is kind and patient as a person makes learning from her a very pleasant experience. 

I am truly grateful that I had the chance to start my language learning journey with Galina and would recommend her as a teacher to anyone who wishes to learn Russian.

A. Gauvreau | Mother of Two English Speaking Children | Canada

When we first arrived in Victoria, we registered our children for Russian language classes through the Victoria Russian School where Galina taught. Our 9 year old only spoke English at the time and was very skeptical about learning a new language in a class setting. Her experience with Galina as her teacher was exceptional and she spoke often of Galina’s gentle and encouraging teaching style. 

Our daughter always looked forward to Galina’s classes despite being the only child in the group that did not know Russian. Galina always goes the extra mile in making her lessons engaging, fun, and tailored to the child’s specific interests. For the past year, both of our children have been taking private Russian lessons with Galina and we are truly amazed at their progress. 

Galina’s passion is contagious and has inspired our children with a growing interest in Russian culture. We are extremely grateful to have found Galina and could not have asked for a better teacher for our girls!

Hermann Helmuth | Professor Emeritus | Canada

For  several years, I was enrolled in Russian courses, offered by Dr. Sanaeva, starting from Beginners 2 to Intermediate  and ending with an Advanced course.

In my opinion, Dr. Sanaeva is uniquely and exceptionally well suited and educated to teach Russian language courses to foreigners. She was  educated and studied at 

the prestigious and famous Institute of World’s Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences from where she graduated and received her Doctorate degree. 

Needless to say that Russia with is roughly 150 million people, is a major factor in the modern world and one of the countries whose language is spoken und used in many other countries as well. Over the years, I, as well as other students I spoke to, have greatly enjoyed being in her classes. Her personal and enthusiastic teaching style, her knowledge and her positive interactions with her students of all ages have made her a most effective and appreciated teacher.

In particular, I would like to commend her for her wide ranging teaching of Russian culture in conjunction with language. In many cases, when words are of foreign origins, she explained to us the origins and roots of words, be this from Turkish, Iranian, German or other cultures. Thereby we gained some insights into the culture of Russia. These cultural connections were further strengthened when Dr. Sanaeva brought other items of cultural origins to her lectures, such as folk art, paintings, and recipes for her own culinary foods. 

With films and YouTube videos, we were able to listen to other native speakers and were asked to comprehend other, real speakers of Russian, translate articles and poems and to interact with each other with readings and written short stories. Her language teaching went far beyond language only, but we gained some highly appreciated insights into Russian history and culture. 

This all-round education in Russian and its character was most valuable and connected us to a great foreign country which with its literature, has greatly influenced the intellectual world.

Svetlana | Mother of Bilingual Son | Canada

Galina is a wonderful teacher of Russian. My son studied with Galina for several years (from 15 to 19 years old). She was  able to find an individual approach to him quickly, and inspire him to continue learning Russian language and Russian culture. 

Galina introduced my son to the works of both classical and modern Russian writers, found materials in Russian on topics and hobbies of interest to him. During this time, I have seen significant progress. He improved his vocabulary, his speech became more fluent, he learned to write in cursive, which I consider very important, and also he started reading fluently. 

I am very glad that we have such a high-class teacher of the Russian language and just a wonderful person on our island!

Chris Allen | Managing Broker | Canada

 My experience with learning Russian so far from Galina has been really productive and interesting. Her approach to teaching is very structured and is presented in a way that makes learning fun and easy.

The Russian language is challenging but Galina has made learning Russian efficient by introducing new words and concepts in a methodical way.

Her use of Russian books and learning techniques for foreigners is very helpful. I would recommend Galina for anyone wanting to learn Russian!

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