What Language Learning is Really Like

“Just go live in the country for a few months; you’ll come back fluent for sure.” “You just have to immerse yourself in the language. Once you hear it spoken, you’ll pick it up and be speaking in no time.” Comments like these to the aspiring language learner are well-meant, but, as I’ve learned, areContinue reading “What Language Learning is Really Like”

Your Tongue Will Get You All the Way to Kiev

Язык до Киева доведет. Your tongue will get you all the way to Kiev. My RD in Vladimir last summer shared this proverb with us to remind us of the power of using our voice. For many people, this little epigram is simple to carry out, but no matter how badly I desire boldness, assertivenessContinue reading “Your Tongue Will Get You All the Way to Kiev”

A Taste of Russia

Gordon College doesn’t offer Russian, so when I received a grant to promote Russian language study at my school, I was elated. As many of you know, Russian language is one of my greatest passions, and I will jump at any opportunity to share my excitement with others. The Critical Language Scholarship, the program throughContinue reading “A Taste of Russia”

Eden

It has been three months since I left Vladimir, but the memories are still as crisp as ever, and the chronicle of my time there just wouldn’t be complete without a reflection on my favorite day of the summer, an enchanting, vivid trek to the outskirts of town… I dedicate this post to the friendsContinue reading “Eden”

Russian Prison? I Don’t Think So!

When I got on the wrong plane that fateful December day two years ago, I thought Moscow was done playing cruel tricks on me. I thought that my international missing person story was the trump card for dinner party comparisons; as Brian Regan would say, an “I walked on the moon”  tale. But I was wrong.Continue reading “Russian Prison? I Don’t Think So!”