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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!

Why Learn More Languages?

I always loved learning languages and I still do, One language is never enough there are approximately 50 countries in Europe alone that equals a lot of languages, I?m not even gonna talk about the amount in Asia or Africa.

As Nelson Mandella once said:

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

You can have fun with learning new languages:

The Accents

The Writing

The Culture

Everything is new and different and very interesting and you can bring a friend, to share the experience, I did.

You should learn languages for many reasons but here are a few:

Work: It broadens your opportunities of getting a job, and you can call it sucking up to your boss but you put in the time to learn that language. It could also help you to make sales and get promotions and better pay.

Family&Friends: If you learn their language, you build a stronger relationship and better understanding of the person.

Fun!: Never! Forget about this. The amount of conversations in your life which you have every day are phenomenal. Sometimes you want people to understand what you?re saying and sometimes you don?t. Having the advantage of another language can really help that.

Have FUN there is no harm in trying :)

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The more languages you know, the  more of person you are.

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Thanks to everybody for watching and reading my post :) Hope you like it :)

Why Learn A New Language? Why Not!

Nowadays, in a time of globalisation, it is vital that we communicate correctly, that’s why learning new languages is so important. However, learning a language should not only encompass the monotonous repetition of hour-long grammar and syntax study sessions, but be a more natural approach to the socio- and cultural application in every day life, eg. In many work places nowadays, people will have to deal with international investors and colleagues, knowing how to speak and behave as to not upset or insult them unknowingly is a fantastic advantage.

Learning a new language not only enables you not only to speak in that language, but depending on the language at hand can also increase the eloquence and fluency of how you speak in other languages, eg. I have always found an interest in Latin and Greek  Pre- & Suffixes, now I know so many that with some specific words I can guess what it means because of the  Pre-& suffixes, without previously hearing the word before.

If you assume more languages and cultural aspects into yourself, you will become a less narrow-minded person, this will also make you a more socially acceptable person, as people who can speak more than one language are classified as more intelligent to people that only speak one language.

I myself am fluent in German and English, I also apart from the previous two, study French, Japanese and Irish and have found these to be great as references in many aspects of my life.

and because Languages are just so beautiful when spoken fluently!

Find out Where they speak what!

Click Below to see My video on Why you should learn more languages

Why learn more Languages? Why Not!

In case my Video doesn’t work, you can look at it on my YouTube page at

here are a few links I find interesting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

http://www.tg4.ie/

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/most_spoken_languages.htm

http://blog.mightyverse.com/2010/10/how-many-people-speak-a-second-language/

http://www.uni.edu/becker/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/index.html

http://www.llas.ac.uk/resourcedownloads/6063/700_reasons.pdf

and a quote or two

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ~Nelson Mandela

“I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.” ~Jane Wagner

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

I really hope I have convinced at least one person to learn a new language,

Thank you for reading my post.

P.S:  Sorry its a bit long, but I felt I couldn’t put it any shorter.

_______

Simon

SOME PICTURES FROM THE RUSSIA TRIP!

Our graduation with Russian and Italian students. (top) And our incredible teacher Oxanna and us. (bottom)

Art and Literature Competition “The World Around Me”

For native Russian speakers and students of the Russian language including adopted Russian children, children with one or both parents who are native Russian speakers

The competition is supported by the Russian Embassy in Ireland. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: “Best drawing or painting” and “Best story/essay”

For more information and entry forms click here

Form 6 students – thoughts on motivating yourselves

It’s tough to stay motivated during the last weeks before the exam, especially when you feel the relief of having finished your orals.

Have a look at this post – hopefully it’ll help you to keep focused on the exam!

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News from Russia

Dr Sarah Smyth, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies (TCD), was awarded the Pushkin Medal  by President Medvedev for her contribution to the promotion of Russian language and culture in the world. This medal is awarded annually by Presidential decree to ten people from the fields of culture or education. The award ceremony was held in the Kremlin palace on 4th November, the Russian national holiday. In her speech , Sarah made reference to encouraging new developments in Irish-Russian relations, and looked forward to both sides building on newly strengthened foundations. In the current year other visitors to Russia from Ireland include Bono, on the occasion of a U2 concert in Moscow, and President McAleese, who accompanied a trade and education mission in September. In addition to Sarah’s work in Trinity and further afield, she has been a member of the management committee of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative since its inception and has made an enormous contribution to the work of introducing Russian in our schools.

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What can we do to promote Russian?

I know that some of you have mentioned in the past the need to do more promotion in relation to the importance and value for students of learning Russian and maybe we could do this next year. We would really welcome any ideas you may have in relation to possibilities for such a project. I will also try to make some time to visit some of you in your schools and classes early next year so that we can discuss further but in the meantime, all suggestions and comments welcome!

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