Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Russian Language

For some reason I am really great at directions, maps, and figuring out where I am. I've gotten 'lost' multiple times in the meaning of I went the wrong way not lost- as in, holy crap, I'm in a foreign city and I have no idea where I am, I'm going to die- lost.

Today was extra special because last night I stayed up talking to my host mom and writing down important phrases like:

right: vpravo
left: vleva
I'm lost: ya poteryalas
kak proyti k....?: how do I get to....?

So, I had these phrases written down and today we just so happened to get turned around. I knew what metro stop we needed to be at so I walked up to the ticket taker and just started talking! I said: 'Ya poteryalas. Kak proyti k Kharkivska metro?' and she totally and completely understood me and gave me directions and charades in Russian but as luck would have it, I now knew what words right and left are in the Russian language so I actually understood what SHE was saying! CRAZY! It was so cool. What a fun experience. It is such an interesting language and I am enjoying every minute I am here. I LOVE the culture, the customs, their way of life...all of it. I'm like a sponge. I am really enjoying it here and making so many great friends.

Random blurb: I get stared at a lot here. I'm going to say it's safe to assume it is my massive amount of freckles covering my entire face mixed with my height and add in a dose of red curly hair and we have ourselves a big ol' stew of new features.

Side note...I skyped my puppy dogs tonight...just an added bonus to a crazy, great day :)

1 comment:

  1. Fun Jill... good thing you have a good head on your shoulders and an aptitude for language and people. You are doing great! I know you will be safe and smart.