Privyet! My name is Truman Seligman. Ron Joern has kindly passed the torch to me as organizer of the Denver Russian Language Meetup Group. I am honored, and I realize that I have very big shoes to fill. Many of the recent comments that I have read about this group reflect my own ideas about which direction this group should take. Mainly that this should be a venue for actually practicing the art of speaking Russian, rather than just exchanging pictures and experiences of being there.
One thing that has always amazed me about this group is it?s intellectual caliber.
We have had mathematicians and scientists in our group, as well as several attendees that speak as many as 4 or 5 different languages.
Personally, I would like this Meetup group to graduate to a more advanced level. At the same time, I do not wish to alienate our more beginner or intermediate students of Russian.
And as long as I?m associated with this group, it will always remain a democracy: Our newest members have as much say as the organizer. So, please, all suggestions are valid and welcome.
Having said this, I do have some suggestions. I think that we should spend at least the first half-hour of our meetings studying Russian with the same serious intent of a university student. After that, we should make an effort to converse only in Russian for another half-hour. After that, let?s just have fun!
One suggestion that has worked well in the past is to take lessons from the following web site: http://www.russianlessons.net/articles/index.php
I have scoured the internet many times and I believe that this is singularly the best web site for ready-made Russian lessons that a group can participate in. These lessons are intermediate-advanced.
On this web site there are 19 articles written in Russian with English translations and Russian audio. Each articles? audio lasts about 10 minutes. We can study them at home on our computers. And then, when we get together, we can each take turns reading a paragraph or two from the articles.
Other relevant web sites can be viewed by clicking on ?files ? of our ?Russian Language Meetup Group?, or typing: http://files.meetup.com/1270678/RussianWebLinks2.txt
I look forward to seeing all of you this Wednesday (October 14, 2009) at 6:00 P.M. at the Common Grounds to discuss our future directions. Thank you - Truman Seligman.