So, I sent Pat to get a loaf of bread for breakfast -- only I didn't send him to the big grocery store down the street where everything is easy to grab. I sent him to the little convenience stand in our complex where you basically have to talk to the worker, or point as I expected would be the case.
In this post, I break down the numbers involved in taking intensive Russian language lessons in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Even with food, travel and accommodation, the price is no contest. Seriously, have a read and be inspired!
Two American girls walk into a bazaar... The bazaars in Bishkek are always fun to shop at, but they are even more interesting because of the trilingual conversations Erica and I often had there. Read on about the Kyrgyz-Russian-English convos in this post.
In this post I take a personal journey down the road of things learned about Russian language learning. What words can I just not say right? How much more can I complain about the absurdity that is Russian? You'll have to read to find out!
Learning or relearning a language is like a roller coaster. I'm up and then I'm down... and it sometimes isn't easy to see the light! This past week has been especially hard, but I'm back and ready to smash my final week here in Bishkek.
I have studied many languages now in my time, but I have yet to master any of them. Latin in high school was not about speaking. Italian was learned in college, but I was never good at conversing. Spanish in Guatemala was a small triumph when I found myself booking tours and arguing with people without thinking too hard by the end of it. But Russian...
I love the idea of speaking in a tongue other than my native one. To be honest, I'm not really good at the whole speaking part because of my shyness, but I keep putting myself in situations that push my boundaries in hopes that it will pay off down the road.
About a week into my Russian lessons, I was talked into seeing a movie at the Vefa Center… in Russian… with someone who could understand Russian… while I couldn’t. Oh yes, and it was an English movie that was dubbed over (by the one male voice that seemed to do all the Russian voice overs),… Read more