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I had lots of fun times with Mike Burda from eSellerate on the ISDEF conference.
Both he and I have been learning some Russian, but from a course that takes a different point of view.
Mike has been studying Russian from a book, accompanied with audio tapes, while my course consisted only of audio tapes, but much more of them.

The result of my course is that I know only a very little bit of Russian, but can pronounce what I know just like a real Russian, with impressive fluency. Russians who hear me say the few things that I know think that my Russian is very good, while it is not. They answer back in Russian and I don't understand a word of it.
There was even a Russian woman who proposed that I would translate all her correspondence for her.

The result of Mike's course is that he has a much more profound knowledge of Russian, while giving the impression that his Russian is very poor. He knows how to read and write Russian, which I don't know at all. He knows more words than me, has a better understanding of grammar, and so on. But he never practiced really speaking the language, which is what I have done.

If we could just combine the 2 skills, the result would be almost perfect Russian.
But I don't think I will have the patience to do what Mike has done.
Maybe Mike will have the patience to do what I have done, and in that case by next year his Russian will be perfect.

On saturday evening, several Russian people, including Constantin from Registry First Aid, were giving Mike and me Russian lessons.
Mike was consistently saying "da" to everything.
This whole thing, vodka and champagne in hand, was both fun and interesting, because we had the experts to ask any question.

But the Russians were most impressed when I knew how to say "Let's Party!" in Russian.

Da!

Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 9:31 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: ISDEF 2004 - Learning Russian

# re: ISDEF 2004 - Learning Russian
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So, how do you say "Let's Party!" in Russian?
Left by Meg on Nov 05, 2004 7:25 AM

# re: ISDEF 2004 - Learning Russian
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It's pronounced "Davai Kalbastitsa". I still don't know how to write Russian.
Left by Henk Devos on Nov 05, 2004 10:10 AM

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"????? ???????????" :-)
Left by Egor Kislitsyn on Nov 30, 2004 7:00 PM

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