On getting the right mindset

I like gardening as it gives me time to think and to be on my own. It enables me to analyse things in the depth that I want. It allows me to think of ideas for this because I was at a loss for a while so I just let it be.

Today’s thoughts included the fact that I’m getting better as Russian without even trying as my mates girlfriend is Russian. I also happened to be fascinated by various aspects of the culture, history, architecture and dystopian novels. Some of my favourite books have there origins in the soviet style of government- 1984 and a Clockwork Orange.

Russian is a distinctive sounding language that is phonetic and if you know Greek then it is much easier because they share some aspects. The grammar is going to be a pain in the ass but it’s going to be like this in any language I want to learn because that’s my nemesis. I used to think that I would be mad if I wanted to learn Russian but it’s all about the motivation and finding out why you feel drawn to certain things and not others.

It’s popular right now to learn Russian but that’s not why I’m doing it. I have wanted to for about 20 years but I was so focused on getting my Greek done that I didn’t have time for anything else. I don’t need to focus so much on that now but I also know the shortcut to learning is conversation. Watching subtitled movies is a close second. So I’m going to evolve into a social butterfly to perfect my language learning skills.

Wish me luck.

Angela

Comments

34 comments on “On getting the right mindset”
  1. Roshna says:

    Good luck AngelaπŸ˜‡βœ¨

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  2. efge63 says:

    Good luck you will manage it because you want it!!!!!!

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  3. benjaminlee says:

    Keep up the great work. I just nominated you for the Sunshine blogger award. Check out my latest post when you get the moment.

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  4. calmkate says:

    Gee Angela, sounds like you are on a real mission … glad you are enjoying learning Greek and Russian!

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    1. Oh yes I am. I’m making the best use of my time and my life.

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      1. calmkate says:

        good for you, I struggle with languages but like to write poetry and volunteer πŸ™‚

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        1. Keep doing what you like as then you will feel the best.

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          1. calmkate says:

            thanks Athena, guess that’s what I’ve done all my life πŸ™‚

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  5. Good luck with learning and safe voyage! It was never a problem to learn a new language, only in our minds.

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  6. Sonderwriter says:

    Never knew Greek and Russian were similar phonetically! Good luck – learning a language is so rewarding

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    1. Most people don’t but it’s there.

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  7. ashokwahi says:

    All the best Angela. Russian is Greek to me πŸ˜‚

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    1. Did you know that Greeks say it’s all Chinese to me in that instance?

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        1. Yes people say the same things all over the world but in different words.

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          1. ashokwahi says:

            Yes, I can well imagine.
            When I started to travel, one of my first trips was to Sweden (1983) and I found out that Swedes have similar jokes on Norwegians as we in India had on Sikhs and Americans on Polish people 😊

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          2. On language boards you also find all the different names for a turkey. You have to wonder does it really come from Turkey and other such interesting things that have complete misnomers that stuck.

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          3. ashokwahi says:

            Awesome. I always had great admiration for people like you Athena, who are good at languages.

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          4. ashokwahi says:

            You are welcome πŸ™

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  8. Addison says:

    Best of luck Athena, every day is a chance to learn something new!

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  9. This is super amazing way to learn any language in most exciting way …thanks for sharing

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    1. Thankyou very much for your effusive praise.

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