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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

О Боже

Had a training at work today, went to the supermarket, put the kids to bed, went through my work e-mails and answered some. Almost 21.00h now. Don't feel like studying Russian. Had made the decision to study every Tuesday though.

Should have studied more during the previous years and during the summer period. Should listen more to the cd's as have problems understanding and talking Russian. Feel in the wrong place during lessons as don't understand basic conversation. Should work on this 'gap'.

Will go to bed now. Probably more focussed and positive tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow).

NB: Received our new textbook :-) No glossy papers = good; easy to write notes on. Nice image of it added to this posting.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Some reasons not to quit Russian evening class

Second lesson already tomorrow. Last week was good to see everybody back. Well, not everybody. Quite some (ex-)classmates had decided to take a break for a year or not to continue with Russian evening course at all. Understandable, after three years it is tempting to do something else, something new. On the other hand, for me, giving up after three years would make those three previous years some waste of time. I don't have the level yet to continue with Russian on my own, to use it in certain circumstances already. And if you don't use it, you forget it. That would be a pity!
I have another particular reason. We haven't learned the plural case endings yet. I love grammar and I just cannot stop Russian course without having learned the plural case endings. It would feel 'incomplete'.
And on top of all that - for those who were ready to refer to self-study etc. - it is FUN to go to Russian class.

NB: I would have done better last Thursday if I had rehearsed more than 5 lessons (remember?) so I decided to make a good start and I did my homework for tomorrow. Good girl!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The moment of truth

5 lessons it was and 5 lessons it still is. Out of 24! And tonight is our first REAL lesson!!
Saying that I didn't make it, is more than an understatement. It makes me feel a bit uncomfortable about going to class tonight. Will we rehearse in class? Experience tells me not; we're supposed to come back knowing what we knew end of June. And I don't.
What excuses do I have? I had other 'more urgent' things to do. Back to school season: registering the daughters for dance and gym classes, schoolbags and clothes to buy,... Fair enough. But then I also started trying to bring order in my house, which was definitely less urgent than going through my Russian books (chaos is in my house for a few years now).
Procrastination, they tend to call it. I have nothing to add.

NB: Despite my guilt feelings... I am still looking forward to the new textbook...