July 3, 2011
Intermediate To Advanced (but I suppose it is for you to assess). Examples of my level: 1) Reading Russian newspapers is easy but I still need to highlight some words and phrases 2) While listening to Russian broadcasts I understand the topic but some phrases go over my head. 3) I can have a conversation on any topic with a Russian speaker but I perform better when the Russian speaker does not know English (I suppose the Fight-Or-Flight instinct) kicks in.
I travelled in Russia the first time summer of 1992 and the only Russian I knew was from pop culture, e.g. Nyet, Glastnost, Perestroika, and Vodka as well as from the movie A Clockwork Orange. I boasted to my professor, an American who spoke Russian fluently, that I knew 10 Russian words and his reply was "good, now you have 10,000 to go". I left in August highly motivated promising my friends I met in Vladimir that "I Shall Return" speaking Russian and I did so in 17 months. I enrolled in an exchange program and I lived with a family that did not speak English. This was the best experience ever.
Russian is my second language and I am seeking a language club. I lived in Chicago for ten years and I would like to connect with Americans who speak Russian as well as people from Russian speaking countries.