ext_104356 ([identity profile] mairenn-k.livejournal.com) wrote on September 26th, 2010 at 08:20 am
Middlebury indeed sounds like a very interesting experience, I'm glad that you were able to go there and that you found the program useful. That Russian choir performance is amazing, you must have had lots of fun doing that! I can relate to what you say about worrying that your Russian sounds stiff, I used to feel the same about my English when I first started to hang out on international sites on the net. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to expressing myself in my native tongue (at least in writing), so using a language that I don't fully control is a little awkward sometimes.

Haha, if there's one thing I envy you American students, then it's having all those school clubs to choose between. I would have loved taking fencing lessons back when I was a student.

Hm, I think it was the same with the Japanese courses I took (ages ago); they were focusing on spoken Japanese too. The book we used didn't bring up kanji at all, but our teacher gave us extra working sheets so we could at least learn some of the most basic ones. Good luck for your studies!
 
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