Learning Tatar

Although Tatarstan is politically a part of the Russian Federation, I am constantly reminded that at the same time, it is a country and culture all its own. Beautiful mosques share the scene with Orthodox churches, Tatar delicacies such as chak-chak and mantiy are served just as often as  borsch and kasha, and most exciting for a languageContinue reading “Learning Tatar”

Second Language

It is an uncomfortable way to live, to be able to understand yet to lack the means to be understood, to be able to receive, but not to give, to be able to perceive the inside but still be an outsider, desperately pounding on a door you’ve longed to enter for almost a decade. ItContinue reading “Second Language”

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”