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Russian Jabberwocky

Russian Jabberwocky

Yesterday, fumbling for a last-minute lesson plan for my night class, I decided to have students (all two of them) read Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky.” If you haven’t read it or don’t remember it, here’s the text. They were horrified at how many words they didn’t know, until I told them that a lot of the words […]

Finals Madness!

Finals Madness!

On Thursday I conducted my first real actual Russian exam. I know, I know I said I did that a couple days ago, but that was actually just short little conversations. This was a proper exam. It took 6 freaking hours. Here’s how it went, and why I would never survive as a student in […]

chilly willy

chilly willy

It was cold today. I’m trying not to overstate it, because I know it’s going to get colder, but oh my gosh was I cold. Since I got back, it’s been notably chillier in the university than it was before I left for vacation, and I wore a ton of layers yesterday (cami, long-sleeved shirt, […]

back to work

back to work

Today Elena and I conducted part of the exams for the group 52 girls, the students I’ve been working with the most. I keep learning new things! I didn’t realize that in addition to all the classwork I saw them do, they were also doing “Additional Reading” outside of class– 700 pages of Additional Reading, […]

День Благодарения

День Благодарения

Yesterday the “Club of American Culture” celebrated Thanksgiving– which turned out to be just me; Elena Petrovna; Nils, the Dutch teacher from upstairs; Zhenya, one of the high school kids I met at the library a couple of weeks ago; and two university students. If anybody is in need of half a pre-cooked chicken and willing to […]