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Time is fleeting…

09 October, 2016

and madness takes control… but listen closely: not for very much longer… I’ve got to keep control! (“Time Warp” - The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Soooooo… that image is from a book called “Let’s Learn Ukrainian” and it’s a pretty popular PDF in the Ukrainian language learning world, if all my tutors are to be believed. Yes, I’ve used multiple tutors. It is suggested, after all, to find someone you click with. It took me a while between the time differences, amount of homework assigned, personality, and the way the lessons were structured, but I’ve settled on Svetlana and I adore her. (Even if she makes fun of the amount of coffee I drink. *grin*)

Anyhoo. Reading that dialog was Friday’s homework. You’ll notice that very few words are highlighted. Those are the words I didn’t know. I ended up using the iPhone AbbyyLingvo app to pull up the definitions and dictionary forms. Those are written in the margin for easy reference because I hate trying to infer the meaning from the English translation, and in some cases, there’s more than one definition.

I’m excited about this progress. I’m always one to write or read BEFORE I speak and ta-da! I can read!

That said, I’m freaking out about our trip. My accent is horrible and I’m still struggling to retain vocabulary but every day it feels like I’m getting a little better at it. (We won’t talk about the two lesson struggle with Який. That didn’t upset me at all… nor the fact that I still don’t understand it completely. I know it will come with time. But I do feel like I’m running out of time.)

My husband, who never gets excited about ANYTHING is more excited about this trip than I am, at the moment. Then again, he’s not still struggling to learn the language. He’s not interested in it. I’d like to get angry with him - I would LOVE to get angry - but he’s the first to admit that he’s not a learner. He has absolutely no emotional tie to the language and therefore, no inspiration, to learn it. He wants to learn German, but even with a language he’s expressed interest in, he’s still slow to pick up a book.

Speaking of Abbyy, I’ve finally sucked it up and purchased the actual computer app. This is huge news for a few reasons: Most importantly, I am a Mac girl. I have always been a Mac girl and I will always be a Mac girl. This required installing Windows on my Mac. (I KNOW!) But, I did install a wicked old version of XP. I also have Win8, which I refuse to use unless I absolutely have to. Thankfully, Abbyy works great on XP. I’ve been speeding through making a new word list by using that app and Excel. It’s lovely to copy and paste instead of typing in each word. Unfortunately, there are a few things I’ve have to resort to Google Translate for, but nine times out of ten, I end up deleting the phrase.

We’ve been talking about moving from the US for about four years now and it’s always been to London. I have a lot of friends there, but it is stupid expensive. It’s also practically impossible to get a visa without being employer sponsored. I’ve tried to get a job with a multi-international company (as long as it has European offices), but I live too far from Boston, for them to consider me. I don’t have any other option but to commute to Boston, so it’s probably never going to happen. Not that I won’t commute to Boston - I would in a heartbeat - but employers don’t want someone with an hour commute. *sigh*

Lviv looks absolutely beautiful and the exchange rate is totally in our favour. If we love it, we might put moving out of the US back on the top of our bucket list. I started looking at jobs overseas, and some of the Ukrainian positions require fluency in both Ukrainian and Russian. I understand why it’s important to be fluent in both, but it doesn’t change the fact that This. Is. A. Problem.

I grew up in a fiercely anti-Russian family. To the point where I was told I’d be disowned if I decided to learn Russian over Ukrainian. My reasoning at the time (late 1990s, early 2000s) was that it was easier to find Russian language resources. It still holds true that there are better resources for self-study, but I can’t say that I have a burning desire to learn Russian. Polish, yes. Russian, no. I’m struggling to come to terms with the fact that learning Russian may be unavoidable. I think, I hope, that my grandparents would understand why I’m even considering learning Russian, but I still sort of feel like I’m turning my back on them. It’s a no-win…

But, back to the happy, I’M GOING TO UKRAINE! I may not be fluent, but I will have a functional grasp of the language, and I will manage to make it through the 10 days with very little English. WOOOOOO!!!!!

I’m going to cling to moments like this - to knowing more words than I didn’t - and use them to spur me on, to keep me motivated.

There are so few days before we leave, but I CAN DO THIS! I WILL DO THIS.

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

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