New York, NYUSA
Hometown: St Petersburg (Russia)
June 3, 2013
I moved to NYC from Russia in 2011 to work as a translator at the UN. I'm a language geek who loves live music gigs, long city strolls and anything with cheese in it:)
There's a huge gap between my passive and active language skills. I can easily read a Spanish newspaper and translate official documents from Spanish into Russian for work, but have a hard time explaning what I did last weekend or writing a greeting card. I never spent a long time in an exclusively Spanish-speaking environment, which I think is crucial for becoming fluent. I hope to right this wrong at some point in my life!
I took Spanish courses at the universities where I studied (in St Petersburg/Russia, Berlin/Germany and Waterville, MA/USA). The courses were optional and pretty unsystematic. There were a couple of times when I had no practice whatsoever for 1-2 years(( Now I'm taking a weekly conversation class for UN employees, but I don't feel like it's enough to become a confident Spanish speaker.
yes. preferrably on a once-a-week basis, as I'm already attending one Spanish course.