Not a blog about the science or practice of travel through books, but perhaps rather about science, practice and travel through books.

Здравствуйте!

С Рождеством!
Completed my intro-course in Russian today! I’ve learned the alphabet (Алфавит) and a few words. What I didn’t know when I started, is that around 1/3 of the Russian words are so similar to their Norwegian counterparts, that you should be able to understand them. So once you know the alphabet, you can (at last in theory) read and understand 33% of the words. Sometimes it requires a little fantasy, but yes, it is actually possible to understand quite a bit once you know the alphabet and some basic words. Writing Russian is of course harder, as you have to learn the grammar. I haven’t decided yet if I will go on doing this, but I’m quite sure that I’m at least will take a break this spring to concentrate on chemistry. But for sure, it would be great to be able to write and speak Russian fully! Even though not everyone agree (they’re probably biased by the cold war and “Red Alert-Russian” :)), Russian is a beautiful language. Luckily, I still have many years in front of me, so maybe I will some day.. ? Until further.. Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Дан Михаэль. Я норвежских. (Hello! My name is Dan Michael. I’m Norwegian.)

The text on the image says “Merry christmas!”. It’s actually my first attempt on this years christmas card. The final result was a lot less artistic and completely different, so no need to worry 🙂

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