Lesson One

Tonight was the first class of my Russian adventure. When to the second level class. First level classes are on Thursday and third are on Wednesday. I’m going to them all, then selecting. Anyhow, the instructor thought maybe I should be in an intermediate class instead of this one. On one hand, I appreciate the review and the correction to pronunciation. On the other, I was bored senseless while listening to the other students stutter over reading a simple dialogue out of the text book.

The instructor himself was quite entertaining. Originally from Russia, educated in London, he speaks English with a British intonation and a lilting English-as-Second (fourth or fifth in his case)-Language. Clearly he is passionate about the language, but also bored by the sluggishness of his students. Exuberant.

More than half, almost three quarters of the students are studying Russian as a part of their education or career plan in International Relations.


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