August fried my brain, you guys. I don’t know what happened. Maybe I looked too long at the eclipse? My thinking is as hazy as the skies here (lots of local wildfires).
Most of the language stuff I did this month just happened by chance. The best thing: LinguaLink finally set me up with Elena Nikolaevna, an energetic 70-something pensioner who lives in Kyrgyzstan. We’ve been speaking twice a week on Skype. Elena Nikolaevna is a really interesting woman, and I’ll tell you more about her in the future. In the meantime, if the idea of a Russian-speaking pensioner correcting your grammar and worrying about your health sounds intriguing, sign up here.
As usual, this month I’m joining up with the cool language learners in the #ClearTheList community, like Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), Shannon (Eurolinguiste), Kris (Actual Fluency), and Angel (French Lover). If you have a language blog and you could also use some public accountability when it comes to your goals, join the group by clicking on the image below.
A few interesting links I came across this month:
- 5,000 European cows headed to Siberia
- Lots and lots of Russian-English cognates (and traps)
- A real Russian rap battle
- Test your Russian furniture vocab
- Interesting videos on the difficulties of localizing video games into Russian
Also, a friend sent these pictures from the streets of Washington, DC:
And Facebook now shows me local ads in Russian, which is pretty neat:
Review of August Goals
This month I had only 4 translations. Maybe everyone in the agency is on vacation? I feel like since work was so slow, I should have gotten so many other things done this month… but nope. My brain was also on vacation. And is still on vacation.
All those little half circles aren’t about Pokemon GO. They’re all things that I started but didn’t finish. For example, I did write my penpals in Russian, but Tanya and I never talked on Skype. I wrote down a bunch of things to say when someone comments on my Russian, but I never used them. (And then I lost the paper I wrote them on.) I finished reading Айболит but haven’t started anything new.
By the way, when I bought this book at a little kiosk in Ukraine, the vendor asked me how old my child was. Haha! I should have said “almost 30”. At that time, though, the book was still too hard for me, so it’s nice to finally be at a point where it’s possible- and even enjoyable- to read it.
September Study Plan
I’m not setting any language goals for September, but I’d love to hear what yours are!
What are your language goals for September 2017?
Leave me a comment below! 🙂