Russian Class Description
by, 16th November 2012 at 05:28 PM (226 Views)
Since the first day I had walked into the classroom, I knew I would enjoy it. There are many posters pinned to the walls with Russian text on them, and except for the back wall of the room, there is one giant dry-erase board on each of the four, and a medium-sized map of Russia is on the left wall beside the large white board.
The classroom is usually loud; laughter is often present, and everyone smiles in there. We all have Russian nicknames that we picked at the very beginning of the school year that could be animals, objects, or words you could describe people with. We used to randomly repeat the Russian word for 'bull,' which was one of my fellow classmates's nicknames, and we sounded like, as one of my friends described, dying seals. "Buik!" "Bu-Bu-Buik!" It took until we had a substitute for that class to make us grow mature. Occasionally, I would try to start up the storm of hilarity, but it rarely worked. Back when we used to do it, the teacher would call us 'retarded' after laughing for a while.
All of us learn at completely different paces. As I learned it over the summer, the thirty-three character Cyrillic alphabet was never a challenge for me to grasp and memorize in-class. And due to the head-start I gave myself, I can now glance at a word and read the Russian letters. I felt my jaw drop as I looked at the light green test packet. "I can read Russian quickly," I thought to myself in awe of my brain finally cooperating with the letters that I used to try so hard to read. I was almost tempted to ask everyone if they could do it, too. However, I made an attempt to, instead of staring at my test in awe, actually take it.
I would consider the language to be similar to English. Many of the commonly used words are the same, if not similar enough to recognize first-glance. To my surprise, the sentence structure is actually identical. The grammar, however, is very different and there are many complexities to it, especially to an English-speaker. There are male and female forms for most words, suffixes for verbs which are interchangeable depending on who did it, whether it was him, her, it, they, us, you, and a plural form of you, which could also be considered to be formal.
Russian people, as according to my teacher who actually came from Moscow, are very formal, and are careful about what they say to each-other. Close friends can use shorter words to communicate; greetings, goodbyes, and there is even an informal version for "what is your name."
I am enjoying the class a ton, and this is my only class in which I could write such a long description for. I have learned a lot, and am always looking forward to it; even during the weekends. My thirst for knowledge always craves the
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