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Posts tagged ‘Russian’

Привет Санкт-Петербург!

It was Maria who suggested going on an easter-trip to St. Peterburg. As I have been longing for visiting Russia and for using my very limited Russian language knowledge, I found that a great idea. To travel to Russia you still need a VISA and to get this you actually need an invitation! You can get this from hotels if you want, but because of the limited time left, we decided to buy one. In less than an hour we received an invitation, and today we visited the Russian embassy to deliever our passports. The waiting room in the embassy was way too small and full of people in a whirling queue. There were only two windows and you had to talk through a microphone. Very bureaucratic – and Russian? Hopefully we can collect our VISAs in two days.

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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 🙂