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It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve finally started to see it. I can see myself aging.
It’s 8:30pm and 25 degrees outside. I just finished a smoothie here in Cafe Monet, one of our new finds not far from our apartment. I’m surrounded by Russian conversations, a TV silently playing old movies, and Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole playing on the stereo. Це моя Україна — This is my Ukraine.
Instead of dreaming about how you want the next year to be different, think about what would make today better. Take your dream, create a realistic plan to achieve it, and begin immediately.
A couple days ago we were having one of those “What would you do if you had a million dollars” talks, except this one was slightly different. This one was, What would you do if today you found out you were inheriting 100 million dollars? The idea was, if you knew you would never have to work again, what would you do with your life?
I love our language teacher. I love how she teaches, what she teaches, and I feel like our time together is worth it. Lately she’s even been helping my language abilities by engaging me in philosophical and controversial conversations. We’ve gone over the war in Iraq, abortion, same-sex marriages, and other hot topics.
Today she brought up how she doesn’t think it’s right for parents to prohibit bad behavior for fear that it will put the idea in their children’s minds to do it. She said one of her friends worked in a private Christian school and shared with her that the kids who attended that school were worse than those in regular schools. She said kids there did things they shouldn’t because they were told they couldn’t. On the other hand, kids who were never told not to do something, didn’t. She asked if my mom ever told me I wasn’t allowed to kill others. When I answered in the affirmative she asked, “Why? Did your mom think you were going to kill people if she didn’t tell you that? And if you would have killed people, would that have stopped you?”
They say the best way to learn a language is through immersion training. That is, go and live among the people who speak the language you want to learn and you will pick it up faster than you ever could in the classroom. The idea is when you are surrounded by a foreign language, you are forced to learn it to survive. I don’t disagree. But I have to tell you, I’m having a hard time getting fully immersed.
I’ve been a little discouraged with the progression of my Russian skills. I’ve done a lot of thinking as to why that is because it seems, at first glance, we’re doing all we can. Katie and I are very satisfied with our Russian teacher, and I feel like I’m learning a lot from our time together. Our Russian lessons are an hour long, four days a week. On the days we’re not in class, we spend two or three hours doing homework and studying on our own. Add to that the different group events we attend each week and it feels like we’re spending a lot of time studying the language. When I really think about it, though, if we’re talking about immersion training, we’re not even getting our hair wet.