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    I didn't know that you were born in Russia! My husband Jim is a retired Canadian diplomat and Moscow was our first posting (1978-80). What year were you born? I wonder if I was in the country! LOL We studied russian intensively (8 hours a day plus 3 hrs of homework every night) for a year before we went and I got a job as the receptionist in the US Embassy consular section. I helped russians fill in their application forms for visitors visas. Mostly, they were grandmothers who had some family in the States. They were so nervous so I brought them tea and chatted. It was such a fascinating job and I got to be completely bilingual but of course that was 40 years ago and I've forgotten so much of my skills now! I think the hardest part of russian is memorizing all the exceptions to the rules of case endings!
    Hi Donna,

    Wow! That’s so so awesome! I had no idea you had a connection to Russia! I don’t like to say my age online at all, sorry. My Russian teacher mentioned some kind of fluency exam needed to work in Russia in Russian. Did you take any exams before working there?
    Yes Russian has like 6 cases I believe and I think if you count the plural its 12 cases…not sure. Really hard! Most of the plurals are easier for me since its an “i” type sound at the end of words. Yes my bilingual friends said knowing a language is use it or lose it.

    Hi Rose,
    My relations to Russia are too long and complicated to post but let’s just say I have plenty of people here to practice on! I would love to visit Russia someday and perhaps someday subtitle the films in Russian. Da(‘yes’ in Russian transliterated) I believe Russia does have dialects because of the fact that the country is huge and many cultures/ethnic groups are there. Google “Russian Hindus” and “Muslims of Tartarstan Russia” for an idea of what I mean. I think the Russian used in the USSR was also a bit different than today. My Spanish is Muy Malo (very bad in Spanish) (“Ploha” is Russian for bad transliterated btw) since Spanish is the language where my American accent and slight spasticity in my mouth muscles is the most obvious to others. I’m sure my American accent is obvious to native Russian speakers but it sounds better than my Spanish so its easier for me to have small talk in Russian than Spanish. When you learn languages you see that Americans do indeed have an accent and a very unique, distinct culture in and of itself. You also see how much cultural info is written into a language by its structure.
    Yes I believe the more languages you know and use the better for the brain because the language circuits are stronger. My friend with the stroke actually knows 6 languages so for all we know that might be why the language area of his brain had no permeant damage. Who knows? Sorry about the trouble with your back and the turning but glad Jon is not in pain. Prayers to you all.
    Mild Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and bad proprioception.
    My website for my original short films! http://cripvideoproductions.com/astrokeofendurance.php

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