In English

Hello and thank you for visiting!

My name is Katerina. I live in Fleet, Hampshire (UK) with my husband, our daughter Sonya (born in September 2015) and our dog Mila. I founded «Zhili-byli» in April 2017, when my daughter began talking and I realised that she has very limited exposure to Russian language apart from myself and my husband as we don’t have any family or many Russian-speaking friends nearby. So I panicked and decided to create a Russian playgroup for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (all ages are welcome, but the programme is aimed at under-5s).

«Zhili-byli» is a Russian-English children’s club. Our aim is to help them master Russian language and to become true bilinguals. We create Russian language environment to increase children’s exposure to the language, teach them about Russian and Russophone (as not everyone who speaks Russian identifies with Russia) culture and provide them with opportunities to make Russian-speaking friends. We follow a playgroup format with a few activities, songs or crafts followed by free play, while mums have a chance to catch up over a cup of tea.

Currently we meet in Fleet, Hampshire. Everyone is welcome, so if you are not a native Russian speaker and you wish to join us to expose your child to Russian language, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please use the form below: