It never ceases to amaze me that I am continuing to get followers and comments even when I haven’t had time to write much in the blog lately. But this just shows me that there are, in fact, lots of people obsessed with Russia all throughout the world. And the great thing about Russia is that it is a never-ending pit of intrigue, so there will always be something fascinating to write about.

So here’s an update of what I’ve been up to. I am working as adjunct faculty in two universities. I now have THREE children which means free time is especially scarce. Last fall I taught advanced Russian for the first time and it was just heavenly to get to discuss Russian history, politics and literature all in Russian. This semester I’m teaching a Russian Phonetics and Phonology class which is also right up my nerdy alley.

But my next endeavor is hopefully starting a Youtube channel(once my crazy 12 credit semester is over) that helps students learn Russian. I find that many of my students either 1) need extra help beyond what they’re getting in the classroom and/or 2) want to go above and beyond and learn more than what we have time to cover in the classroom and 3) need basic help on HOW to learn ANY language (such as using flashcards, listening to music, etc.)

So today I’m writing YOU to ask for your feedback. Please provide your feedback to the following questions:

1. What activities help you learn a language?

2. What do you find yourself wanting more of but not getting when it comes to language learning?

3. What aspects of Russian are particularly hard for you? What would you like more help/practice/explanation on?

This will help me to start coming up with what my videos on Youtube should cover first and foremost.

While you think on the above questions, here is a playlist I made of great Russian songs that are great for Russian learners. They all represent various grammatical concepts and they’re very popular songs in Russian culture as well.

I look forward to your feedback and can’t wait to have more time to start posting more. Keep learning Russian and keep loving Russia!