Valentin Cukierman was a fantastic teacher for our son. He encouraged him in every way possible. We were very proud of how much he achieved working with this awesome educator.
He was an amazing Russian teacher who liked to sing and was very enthusiastic. If you are a good student and pay attention in his class for the first few months, you are guaranteed an easy year. I was one of his favorites, so towards the end of the year, I was listening to music I his class and he didn't mind. Also, since he liked me, he graded my tests easier and forgot to take off a lot of points. When he reviews for the tests, pay attention and discretely write stuff down, it is the test.
Kapitan is the best! He makes Russian super fun to learn and you won't fall asleep. :D
Kapitan is colder than a Siberian winter. I've never met someone so consumed with hate. He has won awards but it wouldn't be evident to anyone who was unaware of the fact. He will not ever, ever answer a question. Instead he pivots to his favorite response, "What language is this." The student always cordially replies Russian and the class moves on. Towards the end of the year he pleaded to us to ask him questions yet he continued the same practice of asking, "What language is this."
A very good teacher, one of the best in the country. Makes russian very fun. Easy to learn rssian with him.
He can be a little... weird at times, but he is a very good teacher. Learning Russian was easy with him as a teacher.
Dr Cukierman is the best teacher you could ever hope to have. He will make you work, and the expectations are high, but if you are willing, he will not let you fail.
I like him, but yes he does play favorites. Unfortunately, i wasnt a favorite and was moved away :(........BUT, i did really well away from my friends and he started to like me . (go figure)
He can't explain grammar but he lets you copy the answers during quizzes. He doesn't like the smart kids just the party crowd, and we sign a lot.
I had four years of Kapitan and he was so awsome, espcially compaired to my new college Russian teacher who is boring and doesn't teach at all. Kapitan :-(
One of my favorite langley teachers. Hilarious, and awesome. True, he does play favorites..i know i was one and had like a 99.9..but is still really helpful.
Kapitan made Russian so easy and so much fun. He does play favorites, but his class is enjoyable and fun.
This is an easy class, it is easy to get by doing nothing, but if you do make some sort of effort and study a bit it really will pay off.
It's been years since I was in Capitain's class - but i still remember his as one of the best classes, especially the trips to Russia and the Soviet Union.
if you pay attention you will learn so much but if you don't want to you will still survive. Kapitan obiously loves his job and his students.
He is the most devoted teacher to his students wanting them to have fun while learning
went to austria w/ kapitan... always told me to "enjoy the good german food" blech! but he was easy and the favorties thing helped me a lot...
Kapitan! He's cool. He may play favorites, but he teaches and he knows his stuff...plus he'll take you to Russia!