Whenever I’m getting overly frustrated with my feeble attempts at speaking and just understanding Russian, I have to remind myself that it is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world.
It’s all about focusing on the small gains, and boy are they small!
On my first weekend in the city, I had to take a couple of taxis. Taxis are great places to practice your target language since it is often just you and the driver alone… for a period of time. Oh, but my taxi experiences… wow. Let’s just say that my inability to effectively communicate just sort of angered one of the drivers. He was frustrated yet continued to speak very quickly to me as if continuing to blast his words at me at fast as possible would get the point across.
Well that sort of response doesn’t help someone that already feels self-conscious about her Russian speaking to want to continue.
I try hard to laugh it off. Because it’s funny? I know I speak badly and don’t understand it all very well, so instead of shying away completely, I just give myself a good laugh and go on my merry way.
Still, it doesn’t mean it’s easy.
In the last post regarding the language, I was talking about how I was finally starting to see random words come out of my mouth in class when speaking. Well, another milestone has been achieved.
I’m finally starting to think in Russian! Yay!
For example, I was thinking today about writing a blog post, but in my head I was automatically translating my thoughts into Russian!
Every day in class, I am constantly struggling to say what I want with the words I have in my Russian vocabulary. It never happens easily, but it somehow happens. Obviously, my Russian translations in my head aren’t deep or consist of long strings of thoughts, but still, it was nice to realize this stuff was happening on its own in the background.
I am anxious to see where I might be by the end of this month, and I can’t help but wonder how I’d be if I could stay here for a few months instead of just one.