July 14, 2008
Learner--studied from[masked] and then learned while working in Russia until 1996.
Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Estonia (although when I went to the last three I didn't find a lot of people willing to speak Russian).
I love borshch, bliny, various tasty cakes eaten while drinking chai, anything made with moloko sgushonoe (tricky transliterating that one--I'm referring to sweetened condensed milk that they boil until it turns into the wonderful caramel-y substance that they spread between cake layers and which I just figured out is pretty much the same thing as dulce de leche). Books: I like the poetry of Anna Akhmatova, most of Dostoyevsky's works, Bulgakov. Music: I'm not up on the current music scene in Russia but would love to learn from those who are.
I majored in Russian in college and then worked in Russia for several years. Now my work is completely un-related to Russia and I don't want to lose my speaking ability, so would love a chance to practice. I also love the culture and people and so am
It's a good chance to practice Russian and has a nice mix of native speakers and Americans who have studied the language. The atmosphere is very casual and low pressure.