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    Hello!

    Hi everyone! I'm just a poor doddering elderly librarian who has a thing for accents. In high school I took Latin and German; at university more German, French and Italian. I learned Farsi by myself and was approaching fluency. Not having anyone to speak Farsi with the last several years, I have sadly since lost it.

    I became curious about Russian when I met a certain fellow in January. I think I can learn to speak it fairly easily (I have a pretty good ear), but reading and writing is so freaking hard! Perhaps it is simply a case of senile dementia, but I find the alphabet maddening. I had less trouble with Farsi, which makes no sense at all....but then, I can't knit lace anymore, either. If only I'd known I would end up losing my mind, perhaps I wouldnt have given pieces of it away so freely.....

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    Start to learn Chinese, and you'll see then that the Russian alphabet is very easy %)

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    I find the Russian alphabet very easy. It is similar to the English alphabet.
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    well i've got a thing for doddering redheads in magenta sweaters
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    How old are you? If that's you in your photo, I'd say 32.
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    Welcome. The fact that you taught yourself Farsi is pretty impressive. Let's just put it this way: if your biggest problem with Russian turns out to be the Cyrillic script, then you're set. Seriously. Slacker college students like me learn that in a week and a half. Hehe. My biggest problem is this: I think I write pretty well in Russian cursive; I NEVER use cursive for English -- which is normally fine. When I went to take Graduate exams, though, they made me write a huge paragraph for an honor pledge. It was so embarrassing, because I COULDN'T do it. LOL. I kept like randomly lapsing into Russian so "r's" became "p's," "s's" became "c's," etc. I finished about 5 minutes after everyone else and even then it looked like a mentally-retarded five year old wrote my pledge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indra
    Start to learn Chinese, and you'll see then that the Russian alphabet is very easy %)
    Hey, more frustration, just what I need! LOl Seriously, that is excellent advice. Thank you.
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    Re: Hello!

    Quote Originally Posted by kwatts59
    I find the Russian alphabet very easy. It is similar to the English alphabet.
    I think this is part of the problem. Similar enough that it seems as though it should be easy...just similar enough to lull one into a false sense of security.

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    Re: Hello!

    Quote Originally Posted by DDT
    well i've got a thing for doddering redheads in magenta sweaters
    Really!? Wow, this joint gets more interesting by the second...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    How old are you? If that's you in your photo, I'd say 32.
    Hey thanks. I turned 49 last month. And the pic is about 2 weeks old.

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    [quote="Barmaley"]Welcome. The fact that you taught yourself Farsi is pretty impressive. Let's just put it this way: if your biggest problem with Russian turns out to be the Cyrillic script, then you're set. Seriously. Slacker college students like me learn that in a week and a half. Hehe. quote]

    TNX for the encuragement. I was a slacker college student once and if I reach far enough back into the dusty recesses of my memory (hey, it was the 70's!) I remember being so bored by my Philosophy of Religion class that I showed up only on the test days and still got a B. Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimita

    TNX for the encuragement. I was a slacker college student once and if I reach far enough back into the dusty recesses of my memory (hey, it was the 70's!) I remember being so bored by my Philosophy of Religion class that I showed up only on the test days and still got a B. Ha!

    ~j~
    Pshh. I skipped 9 consecutive weeks of my comparative gov. class (except for the tests, of course) and got an A-!
    Заранее благодарю всех за исправление ошибок в моём русском.

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