Saturday, August 20, 2005

just dropping by

We love being able to converse with our new friends and neighbors. Having people stop by for a chat is not a time for anxiety but a time of language aquisition, fellowship and cultural enrichment. There is know better way to learn the language and culture than to speak it with native speakers!

It is interesting that the longer we are here we depend less and less on the English speakers and Americans around us. We find that our closest relationships are with Russians. And that is how it should be. That is why we are here. We have the dearest of American friends in America! We have made great connections here with Americans.... that is not my point. My point is that we are here to study language, culture and be a part of the Russian speaking Alcohol and Drug recovery community. And so we are seeking to actively reach those goals!

Our language teachers grandmother died. Nathan said the typical American "I'm sorry" She said that is not what they say here. 'I'm sorry' makes it sound like it was your fault she died. I sent her a text message and wished her a safe journey as she traveled and said we would be praying. She text me back saying she would miss us and to make sure we get our home work done! Especially Tom!!!

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