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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 […]

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

This is a moment of switch, you guys. I got back from Moscow on Sunday, with 11 kg of books in my bag, and had a small breakdown regarding how far away from home I am and  the question of whether or not I have accomplished anything in the last two months. Then, I went […]

This blog post comes to you in two parts.

This blog post comes to you in two parts.

Today was an interesting mix of horrifying and wonderful. Part I I woke up at noon, refreshed after last night’s evening of pampering myself with an unnecessary shower, candles, wine, and delicious goat cheese. I had two and a half hours before I needed to be at the university for an appointment with a student […]

My To Do List

My To Do List

1) For class tomorrow, Elena and I are showing a video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford. I need to watch it again, list active vocabulary and idioms, and then somehow get it onto a DVD that’s playable on Russian region 5 DVD players. 2) On Wednesday, I’m meeting with the same group […]

Back to the Beginning

Back to the Beginning

Just barely over jetlag, I hopped on a plane to Moscow this weekend, for the in-country Fulbright orientation. It was a three-day whirlwind of information, emotions, new friends, and the whimsical, merciless magic that is Moscow. On Friday, we went to the U.S. Embassy, where we had a security briefing, as well as talks from […]