Fortheo wrote:. . . If you ever read more books by that author, let me know what you think of them because there's a few of his books that look pretty interesting, "Charlotte" and "Les souvenirs" for example.
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You may have mentioned it in your last thread, but what was it that interests you about Russian again?
I will totally let you know. When I get through a bit more of my to be read shelf, I am sure I'll start grabbing up books again and he would be an author near the top of my list.
I think I have three main reasons for being interested in Russian. First is that there are oodles of Russian speakers where I live. The language is as ubiquitous as Spanish in other parts of the US. Lots of resources, lots of Russian speaking moms and kids on the playground. (By contrast, I couldn't find a French tutor for my kids for any amount of money)
Next, Russian literature. Need I say more?
I am a huge fan of both classic and some modern. After listening to the laments on this board about how large a vocabulary you need to actually read Russian books, I am a little intimidated. Not sure I'll get to the level that would make it more enjoyable to read the original than a translation but I definitely won't get there if I don't start.
And lastly, we are Orthodox Christian so a huge part of our church history is in Russia. I find the stories of the church before, under, and after communism very compelling. Plus we have church music and a beautiful Russian church* not too far from our house we could go for some more practice
*Don't know if you are familiar with Orthodoxy at all. My church is Antiochian jurisdiction (based in Syria), but we are "in communion" with the Russian jurisdiction so consider ourselves the same Church. We visit each other a fair amount
IronMike wrote:Congrats, btw. What # will this be for you and your hubby?
Thank you! #5
Elsa Maria wrote:Keeping it real, there were times of doubt and loneliness while living overseas. There was the cost of living (ouch) to reckon with. Dealing with taxes was complex enough to be considered traumatizing. I worried about my family in the USA, and there were feelings of guilt to be reckoned with, too. But, still no regrets about actually going. It changed my life for the better.
Uff taxes already scare me. I can't even imagine. We'd actually be closer to family in Luxembourg than where we live now, and be a shorter, less expensive flight away. Ridiculous right?