April was a really good month for learning Russian!
One weekend, my husband and I went to a tulip festival that was packed with people and languages. We heard lots of Russian speakers there and even met some in the parking lot. (I saw a group of people having an Easter picnic lunch on their car’s hood and instantly knew they were Russian speakers.) This led to a discussion about how Pentecostal Russians (in Oregon, at least) say приветствую to greet each other instead of здравствуйте.
Work was another positive thing this month. No translation tasks came in for the first 3 weeks of April. :/ I started to think, “uh oh”… and then came a deluge: 6 assignments in 8 days. The biggest task was proofreading the translation of a Russian hospital’s website- it was over 7,000 words. The other tasks were a hodgepodge of gaming translations, app translations, and marketing translations. It’s a lot of fun to work on these! Several interesting terms came up during those projects, so look for a post on that soon.
A few days ago, I joined a FB group for Russian-speaking travel bloggers. I’m not either of those things, but it seemed like a good way to find interesting new bloggers and write more in Russian on a personal level. I get really nervous about my mistakes when posting there, though.
Also, D and I got hooked on one of the YouTube series from this month’s study plan. (More on that later in this post.)
And coming up in May, D’s mom will be spending some time with us. This means Russian immersion time.. and maybe eating-lots-of-Russian-candy time.
On to the round up!
- Love it or hate it, Thursday is traditionally Fish Day in Russia. Find out why here.
- I’m cracking up over this Russian pensioner’s You Tube videos!
- Check out Kazan’s version of ЗАГС. Would you get married here?
- You guys, the loan-word situation gets more and more serious. 😉 I wrote about it 2 weeks ago and just today- only today!– I’ve seen антифрод, диджитал компаний, тимбилдинг, современная медиабаинговая платформа, креатив, продакшн, интегрированы с баинговой платформой, and стор.
- Do you know why some Russian speakers call chicken drumsticks bush legs? It’s a bit old-school, but I did hear the phrase used several times in Ukraine.
4.17 Progress Report
Angelos Georgakis made another great video: Russian Verb Prefixes – Prefix В. Seriously, this guy can’t make a bad video! This lesson dove into the world of в- verbs. I already knew that в- usually indicates in, into with a verb of motion, but I hadn’t realized it often implies doing something with great care or detail, like вдумываться, ponder or вслушивться, listen carefully. My favorite part of the video were the idiomatic expressions at the end. Включаться в работу, start working – this is the struggle of my daily life, hahaha.
We finished the movie Поколение п. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first! It leaves viewers with some fantastical (or not??) ideas about modern politicians… 😉 You can watch it with English subtitles on YouTube.
I also watched Ulia Sinaieva answers your questions on learning Russian. Overall, the the first Q&A session was better, perhaps because it was more of a dialog than a monologue. This one did have some really good info towards the end, like слова паразиты, filler words and омографы, homonyms. She also mentioned this interesting YouTube channel.
Китайский язык за 16 часов is awesome! At first, the video sounded really clickbait-y, like it came from the questionable language guru Aleksandr Dragunkin. And I still don’t think 16 hours is going to make a person an expert in anything, but this would actually be a really interesting way to spend 16 hours. I looooooooove the idea of using one L2 to learn another!!!
STILL IN PROGRESS
I finished Week 1 in the Живая Земля course! That amounts to 60 minutes of lectures + time for the quizzes, so I still fell short of the 2 hour goal. On the other hand, those lectures were packed with totally new vocab. How’s your Earth vocab? Maybe you’ll find these terms useful as well!
- большой взрыв, the Big Bang
- Пояс астероидов, asteroid belt
- Ударная волна, shock wave
- Полярная ось, polar axis.
- Гипотеза развития Вселенной, hypothesis of how the universe developed
There are 5 advanced dialogues at RussianforFree.com. I’m on the 3rd one. They’re actually quite short and simple. Dragging my reluctant husband over to listen to my pronunciation is the harder part. I’ll finish the remaining dialogues in May. Likewise, watching Как я стал русским is another thing we do together, so we only made it to episode 9 this month.
Russian Step by Step: Verbs of Motion spent another lonely month sitting in a to-do pile of books. Maybe I can unearth it next month?
5.17 Study Plan
What are your language goals for April 2017? Leave a comment below! 🙂