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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
Here's a fun story: I've been doing the Pimsleur stuff recently for kicks, and playing with Memrise (for learning Cyrillic). This has been something I've always wanted to learn but I always put it on the back burner. I'm only a few lessons into Russian 1 so far.

Anyway, there's a Russian Deli not to far away and I decided to stop in. I'm really curious to try speaking some Russian. Is my pronunciation even understandable? I have no idea. The shop is run by a little old lady who doesn't speak too much English. I had been in there a few years ago and I remember her being rather cold/standoffish. But that was probably just because of the language barrier.

So I go ahead and have fun dropping some of those Pimsleur lines.

I said, "ПРИВЕТ" (wondering to myself if this sh*t works...)

She says something back to me in Russian I don't understand, other than the word РУССКИЙ in there somewhere.

So I say, "Ummm, Я... Я ПОНИМАЮ ПО-РУССКИЙ НЕ ОЧЕН ЖОРОШО"

Got big smiles right away. She compliments my ability to speak Russian. We had a nice long chat in broken English and bits of Russian about Russia, the climate, and various Eastern European foods. A lot of the foods have no English on them so it's good to be able to try and pronounce the Cyrillic alphabet. I drop a few more words and phrases I know. I ask her how to properly pronounce some things I'm not sure of.

I think I pretty much made her day, because it's a pretty quiet shop in there. It was a lot of fun for me to have my first Russian conversation, too. I'll definitely be back. Plus I picked up some interesting food.

Just goes to show there might be random unexpected places near you to practice languages IRL, and for free!
08-21-2013 06:21 PM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - RexImperator - 08-21-2013 06:21 PM

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