A Bit of Me(Me) ~ Don’t Bogart the Vodka

by Gwen




It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better.

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.



This week’s question- If you could take a class for anything (for free) what would it be?

Я всегда хотел изучать русский язык. Translation- I have always wanted to learn Russian.

Maybe it is because I am grew up in the Reagan Era, you know, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

It might be my love, make that former love of Vodka.

It could definitely be my love-hate relationship with Russian Literature.

It probably has a bit to do with the architecture…


Saint Basil’s in Red Square via Wikipedia

It might just be the cool Cyrillic alphabet.

Whatever the motivation, I have always wanted to learn Russian. The problem is and trust me it never failed, whenever I would transfer to a college that offered classes in Russian….They would stop offering them the semester/quarter that I started.

I swear, there is a vast conspiracy out there. Huge groups of people got together every year and decided to ruin my lifelong dream. It isn’t right. Oh well, someday.



27 Comments to “A Bit of Me(Me) ~ Don’t Bogart the Vodka”

  1. I’ve always had a fascination with Russia. I loved the few Russian history classes I was able to take in college. The names, however, still baffle me.

  2. Wow, that’s an impressive one! I do love the architecture and the novels…I spent a couple of years reading those thick Dostoevsky and Tolstoy tomes.

    The names were a stumbling block for me, though, since so many of them are really similar…have you noticed?

    I hope someone subverts those who are conspiring against you! You should get your dream.

    Here’s mine:


  3. I am dying to learn Russian and visit Russia. In fact, I had a dream the other night I was in Moscow and when I woke up the next morning, I was so bummed that I wasn’t really there.

  4. Wow, that’s incredible! It would be awesome to learn something like Russian, if for nothing else to understand why they have like five names – I’m reading Anna Karenina right now and sometimes I can’t keep the characters straight, lol.

  5. It is the names that baffle me as well. I end up making a cheat sheet to keep up with all them

  6. The names are exactly why I say that I have a love-hate relationship with Russian Lit. I love the dark stories, but need a playbill or something to keep up with the names.

  7. I want a dream like that!!!

  8. The patronymic names really get on my nerves too.

  9. How cool! I’d never even think to go to Russia because it seems so cold, but the architecture truly is gorgeous. Like they are trying to emerge from the snow drifts in a bursting theme of color and spires. I love that. And wow, I’d definitely be impressed with anyone who could learn the language, it seems like one of the tougher ones to pick up.

  10. Yikes, I reckon Russian is hard to learn. Probably not as tough as Chinese, but tough nonetheless. I would love to visit the country, but that’s as far as my interest goes…

  11. WOW! Russian! I was thinking more like a swing dance class…. LOL….. I love your goal!

  12. What great imagery in your comment. It is like they are trying to burst forth from the snow..and perhaps the dire political climate at times.

  13. Swing would have been fun too and I bet a wee bit easier!

  14. Chinese seems like it would be so hard, all of those different sounds that our English speaking tongues aren’t used to.

  15. Interesting Gwen! I didn’t know that you wanted to learn Russian! I had a friend that took it in college and basically cursed it because the grammar is so difficult. Hehe…that being said, I hope you get to learn it someday. I’ve actually heard Rosetta Stone is a pretty effective language tool so maybe you should look into getting it.

    Also, I’ve been terrible at commenting on your blog for months. I’m so sorry! I miss you on ze Twitter for sure! You don’t seem to chat on there much. It is a total time suck so I completely understand if you’ve given it up for chatting. 🙂

  16. LOL! That’s awesome. Not the part about the colleges stopping offering the Russian courses, but the fact you want to learn Russian. I hope you get to one day!

  17. Vodka, the purest of all alcohol, has an odd effect on me. Too bad you were never able to find a Russian class. I have several Russian friends and they are all very passionate people. Perhaps you could just speak with an accent. Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
    Leo Tolstoy


  18. I would have guessed flying lessons! Not sure why, just seems like something you would like. The Russian architecture, at least the photo you shared, has always baffled me. It’s so whimsical , like something out of Disney, but whimsical isn’t something I’d usually think of in the same sentence with Russia. So who’s cooking Thanksgiving dinner?

  19. It actually isn’t that hard to teach yourself the basics– at least it wasn’t for me. It helped that my cousin in law was taking a course in Russian too (who’d a thunk we had similar interest in learning languages no one around us understands, lol!) and that half the physics and math dept at LUC was Russian.

    I am not sure what language class I would take at this point. But that is just because every language that I have really wanted to learn, I have pretty much taken classes in or taught myself. Turkish is one language I would like to continue studying because I have not had the opportunity to since I left University.

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