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О, два мохіто!

03 June, 2016

I don’t really drink, but days like today… driving around with the sunroof open and the radio cranked… it sort of feels like a mojito drinkin’ day. (Photo credit: Flickr user ghost592)

Літо... Воно знайомить мене з тобою,
Нотами звучить у моїх думках...
(Бодегіта - Океан Ельзи)

I signed up for the newest italki Language Challenge and despite Svetlana’s vacation, I will be able to hit the 20 hour minimum necessary to “win”. Since I’m not going to be taking more lessons with Oksana, I’m going to try doing lessons with Svetlana five days a week, so that’s two challenge items down. I’m trying to decide if I want to do either of the other two options (1 lesson in 4 different languages or 3 hours in one day) as well.

I’m actually toying with the idea of doing 4 different language lessons. (I KNOW!) Even more surprising is that I’m thinking about taking an hour of Russian. (I KNOW!!!!!!) The thing is that as much as I absolutely HATE the idea of learning Russian in any way, shape, or form, I know it might come in handy in Lviv. I’d also do an hour of Polish - mostly because I’m curious about it and it might come in handy in Lviv as well since it’s close to Poland. The last language I’d try an hour of would be German.

My husband wants to go to Germany and we’re thinking about going in 2018/2019. I’ve been to Berlin, in high school, and I definitely think that knowing the language would make for a better experience. When I went in high school, it was a class trip, and we had a translator with us non-stop. When we were left on our own, it was kind of disastrous.  I dunno… I guess I’m just a firm believer that if you’re going to go to a country where a different language is spoken, you should learn the language. Plus, all the polyglots seem to agree that speaking like a native makes the trip that much better.

I figure that once I’ve gotten used to weird pronunciations and alphabets, learned noun cases, and broken down verb conjugations in one language, adding another one won’t be so bad. I’m not learning languages just to learn languages, though. I’m only going to dabble in Russian, but I will most likely spend some serious time learning Polish and/or German. I’ll probably focus on German first because of the trip, but Polish is definitely a must because it’s another way to connect with my grandparents. 

That said, it’s time to stop daydreaming about what my next language might be and focus on the one I’m learning now…

Filed under: Culture, Language, My Experiences, Education, Family

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