"We have been studying Russian with Galiya for 8 months, at
an intermediate level, and have found her to be an excellent teacher. Galiya
keeps her lessons interesting by interspersing stories, songs, and videos with
more technical grammar subjects, and by using a variety of text books and source
materials. We have no hesitation in recommending Galiya as one of the best
teachers for foreigners in Astana, and we hope you enjoy your lessons with her.”
Rebecca de Vos, Hubert de Vos
"I have had a
wonderful and educational year learning from Galiya Suleimenova. In my
experience at Harvard University, learning Spanish and Greek, and being
tutored in other languages, Galiya is one of the best teachers I have met. Her
curriculum is well-rounded, emphasizing communication, pronunciation,
vocabulary, and grammar. She prepares her own lessons and pulls in many
different resources in these lessons. She also makes lessons enjoyable and
"It is my privilege to recommend Galiya Suleimenova as a
teacher of Russian as a foreign language. I studied Russian with Galiya for one
academic year and our lessons were interesting, creative but most of all
Galiya is very organized and creative teacher. She has good
lesson plans which provide structure for learning the language. She knows Russian
very well and is skilled at explaining the basics as well as the intricacies of
the language. Galiya’s biggest strength, especially when compared to other
Russian teachers, is her patience and encouragement.”
Shane Bauman, Canadian Inter-Varsity Volunteer
"Galiya prepares her own materials, and delivers them at a flexible and comfortable pace. Galiya is a trained teacher with years of teaching experience, and is fully able to teach Russian to students at any level – from absolute beginners to students of Russian literature. She is creative and varied in her approach, striking a helpful balance between grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our three years of studying Russian under her have been extremely enjoyable, interesting and beneficial.”
Dr Martin YK Lee, Mrs Diana Lee
"This letter is my
personal recommendation for Galiya Suleimenova as a teacher of Russian as a
foreign language. I studied Russian with Galiya from September 2008 to December
Galiya is a
dedicated, thoughtful and highly talented Russian teacher. During the last two
years, I have found Galiya to be a patient and encouraging teacher. It has been
a pleasure to study Russian with her, and I have certainly had an extremely
positive and enjoyable language learning experience.
Her lessons are
excellent, balancing a good foundation in grammar with practicing useful
vocabulary and phrases. Galiya fully understands the needs of non-native
speakers, making use of interesting source material and creating interactive
lessons. Also, she is able to adapt her lessons to include topics relevant to
the student’s interests. These provide stimulating discussions and are
particularly motivating for the individual."
"I have had several
Russian language teachers, both in the U.S. and Central Asia, over the years. Galiya Suleimenova is far and away
the best and I feel very lucky to have found her when I arrived in Astana to
begin my Fulbright Fellowship in January 2011. Almost six months later, my
reading level has significantly improved, and I’ve made solid progress in both
my conversational and writing abilities. Without Galiya’s systematic and
sympathetic instruction, this would definitely not have happened. Although I
still have much to learn, I feel much more confident in my language ability.
was lively and we laughed a lot together, even as I mangled the instrumental
case. I always left feeling tired, but happy at the progress I had made. I hope
to continue taking lessons with Galiya via Skype after my return to the U.S. She’s an outstanding teacher, and I hope
others will have the benefit of her excellent instruction."
David H. Mould,
Professor of Media
Arts & Studies, Ohio University, U.S.A.
Scholar in Journalism & Mass Communication
recommend that anyone who is interested in learning Russian use Galiya
Suleimenova as a teacher. I've been attending classes via skype with Galiya for
one year and my Russian has greatly improved. Taking the lessons via skype is
very convenient and comfortable. Before coming to Galiya, I tried Pimsleur,
Rosetta Stone, and various Russian teaching books, however, I learned more in
just a few lessons than these methods provided. There is no substitute for
having someone that actually understands the language helping you directly. I would
also like to add that Galiya is always punctual for our lessons and provides
great feedback. It's also worth mentioning that Galiya has a great
understanding of English and clearly explains the true meaning of phrases and
expressions very understandably. From these lessons I have learned about
Russian culture and details about Russian life that are very interesting. I
started lessons with Galiya in August of 2010 and plan to continue taking
lessons until my Russian is perfect."
Tom Schuster, Network Architect
"I used Galiya for Russian Language lessons from July 2010 to December 2011. Galiya is an excellent teacher, and I made considerable progress in my Russian Language skills due to her tuition."
Paul Fenby, Vice-President Finance, BG Kazakhstan
"Galiya is perhaps one of the best language teachers I have encountered in my academic life. I studied Russian under her tutelage from August to December 2012 in Astana during my husband's short-term assignment in Kazakhstan. Her teaching style is such that lessons are tailor-fitted to my learning curve and capability. Having had zero knowledge in the language when I started, she has equipped me with the necessary communication tool needed to get by in my everyday life in the city in a short period of time. I especially liked that she puts emphasis on learning the proper grammar, syntax, and pronunciation. Furthermore, her obvious enthusiasm as a teacher has made me look forward to our lessons and has gifted me with a renewed appreciation in learning another language."
Vida Guarin-Dimaano, BG Kazakhstan
"I've studied Russian with Galiya for about two years and am extremely cognizant of how privileged I am to have found a teacher of her caliber. I do not believe that I could feel more fortunate. Galiya's knowledge of Russian structure and grammar and her seemingly infinite patience and kindness make an ideal environment in which to learn such a complex and fascinating language. She understands how to teach Russian to a foreigner and any student that engages her as their teacher is, I believe, being given the opportunity to study the language ideally."
"I have been taking Russian lessons with Galiya Suleimonova on a regular basis from summer 2012 to summer 2013 at least once a week and sometimes on a more intense base up to four times a week. I enjoyed my teaching experience with Galiya Suleimonova very much. She is a very patient and was very accommodating for my language needs. What I enjoyed the most was here readiness to employ new media and technology to benefit our inclass experience. She used email, Skype, and personalized digital text-files and worksheets to support our classes. She always had targeted class material and supported me using it right of my tablet in our lessons. She understood my high commitment in my job at the university and targeted therefor homework assignments to a manageable minimum and enforced my sometimes only very little work in a very positive sense. She always made me feel good about my learning progress and I assume this way accelerated my learning quite significantly. After a year with her, I feel comfortable navigating daily challenges in Russian and in my not always international work environment. I thank Galiya Suleimonova very much for the time she invested in me and can highly recommend her as a Russian teacher and tutor."
"I have had the pleasure to have Galiya Suleimenova as my Russian teacher for now almost two years, and have been very satisfied with the progress I have made and the professionalism she has as teacher. I came to Astana to work without any knowledge of the language, and have gradually progressed in my Russian skills ever since.
For anyone with a need or wish to learn the Russian language, I can only give my best recommendations to Galiya. I have private lessons three times a week, which gives me a great continuity in my progress. For each lesson Galiya prepares personally tailored written notes which has a good diversification between grammar, texts and dialogs, and allows me, not only speak the language, but also to understand the important grammatical rules.
The method used for learning is ideal as it takes origin in my personal needs. I feel the progress over the past two years has been tremendous, despite the fact that I don’t have much time for homework. Should you wish to learn Russian in a fast and professional way, Galiya seems to be the answer."