MY RUSSIAN ORAL EXAM:

(sorry this is a few weeks late, but it’s been crazy busy in school)

My Russian oral was in April and as a NON-fluent speaker it was all a bit scary… As an extra-subject the examiner came in specifically for just three ¬†girls in sixth year and the three of us had a sit down with her to discuss the exam structure and what she was expecting us to know. This whole spiel was in Russian which was good in that we got in the Russian mindset before the exam started on the other hand anything that went over my head had me panicking!

With Lana and Zarima my teachers I had all three sections prepared for: speaking about myself, school, family and area; comparing Ireland and Russia, I spoke about the differences in festivals and traditions and finally I had prepared a written project to speak about which was all about Russian cuisine.

Waiting outside the door was extremely nerve wrecking but the examiner was really encouraging. She didn’t speak a single word of English, even before the tape came on! (But after my trip to Russia I was well used to that, of course.) Although I didn’t fully understand everything she said I was able to say most of what I’d learned off. There were a few awkward moments when I could not catch her drift no matter how slowly or simply she repeated a question but we scooted past them anyway. Overall I thought it went well. I was really prepared and knew the structure in and out!

I did my best and now we just have to wait for the results!

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