Language learning a few thoughts.

Russian language certificate. kostroma University

I thought I would share a few thoughts about my recent experiences as a language learner. I am extremely proud to say that I have recently been successful in achieving my Russian language certificate as part of the process of applying for a work permit here in Russia.
No mean feat! I can tell you.
This exam consisted of 6 parts.
Reading, writing, listening, speaking, Russian history and Russian law.

I have just read a wonderful article from Stephen Fry, which has underlined everything I believe about language learning and this has inspired me to write this post.
He simply states that it is language that makes us human. Check it out on Facebook.
Language learning is not a gift, it is a right and recently I have witnessed so many emotions in the process of learning a new language.

Don’t be afraid of it’, Stephen Fry says. Easily said, when you are constantly, either, not understood or in some cases, put down because of your poor pronunciation or even misunderstanding.
He is of course correct in saying that you shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes. this is fundamental in my opinion. However, it takes a lot  to accept this on a regular basis, perseverance is not taught and how can you learn confidence?
Stephen says that many English speakers do not enjoy language, frightened of making that dreadful error with grammar and that other people are haughty about any misuse of language.
People show off their superior knowledge of language and look down on those who are learning and trying their best.

Trudging through the ice and snow back in January to my Russian lessons, reminded me about the real reason for those of us who put ourselves through this torture of learning a language. It is because I want it! I need it , in my case it is essential in order to live, work and learn in another culture and country.

May day, May bugs and Dachas.

May day, May bugs and Dachas

So as we head into May, a busy month, visits to all corners of Kostroma Oblast loom. A visit to the U.S.A. and new challenges including a Russian language test!
Cafe Pierre Languages has a new Social media portal on VK and projects are developing with our partners at OK English, Kostroma Library, and Kostroma University, along with groups and schools in the area.Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and VK for posts regarding school visits and new conversation projects.

At the moment my writing is concentrated on gibberish or perhaps to be more accurate, continuous free writing in the form of a ‘stream of consciousness’. Influenced of course by the amazing book that will and has changed my life.
Ulysses by James Joyce.

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U.S.S.R. Postal history

Wonderful Soviet postcards from my new friends at Kostroma Philatelic Club. Most with text in Russian of course. There’s a story behind each and every one of them. Fascinating! And in my opinion, works of art in their own right!

Back in the Kitchen

So last Monday, I returned to the kitchen! With a group of Superheros. OK English in Kostroma organised a ‘Master CLass’ with their young students. we cooked and prepared and ate Bread and Butter pudding.Scottish Shortbread and American Brownies.

All chatting away in English and a bit of Russian!

I was more nervous with this group than I am with the English students at Kostroma University! To be honest. But we had fun, I had fun and I didn’t  burn anyone or anything!

Watch out Jamie Oliver|!!

 

 

Cafe Pierre Languages arrives in Kostroma!

Meet in an informal atmosphere and chat in English with a native speaker about whatever takes our fancy. Good coffee, food and company, how else would you want to spend your Saturday morning?  Contact Peter for further information on VK or e mail at

cafepierrelanguages@gmail.com

See you Saturday

 

World Book Day

WORLD BOOK DAY IS TODAY! THURSDAY MARCH 7th. Go to the highlighted link.

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Some of you know already that I am reading this amazing book.

Ulysses written by James Joyce.  I have been trying to read this book for many years and I have finally got to grips with the book and I am starting, only starting ! to understand why this book is often decribed as the greatest book ever written in the English language. As a writer myself, and I can now call myself a writer! I can see how Joyce has experimented in each chapter of his masterpiece using different approaches, styles, sometimes texts and sometimes nonsense, his allusion is phenomenal and awesome, as it is now clear that in order to write, in my opinion, you have to read. Anything, read it all! Newspapers, magazines, cartoons, online, but preferably in your library. Support these amazing places.

I will celebrate World Book day in my new Library here on Sovietskaya Ulitza in Kostroma by spending a hour or two in the reference library with James Joyce.

Pick up a book and escape!

 

 

Pancakes and milk churns

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2019

Pancakes and milk churns

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The simplest things in life are often the most important and interesting.
Working away in the flat last Thursday, I was aware of a crowd gathering outside on the road.
Being a nosey bugger, I made my way down stairs to investigate.
A queue was forming around a  UAZ BUKHANKA VAN.
This van first made its appreance on the streets of Russia in the 1960s and is still everywhere,
Known affectionately as the BUKHANKA, буханка this word translates as the bread loaf, hence its shape.