I find phrase lists depressing.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, though.
You count your blessings.
You don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
You make sure everyone in your life knows they can count on you.
But can you… count?
Hey, it’s totally understandable if you can’t count in Russian yet.…
Taxes. Seasonal allergies. Cleaning out your fridge.
I might as well add “verb conjugation” to this list of tedious and unpleasant experiences.
Yes, conjugation is notorious for being a language student’s nightmare.
Unlike some aspects of language, it’s not …
Making your own tomato sauce is easy.
Marcella Hazan’s famous recipe calls for only four ingredients: tomatoes, butter, onion, salt.
But many people still buy jarred sauce. Maybe because it’s slightly easier.
Or because no one has ever told them, …
Talk is cheap.
At least, it seems that way before you start learning a language.
Then suddenly, the type of conversations that aren’t worth a second thought in your native language become intrinsically valuable in your target language.
It can …
You can’t lose a language.
Sure, you can learn Russian and then forget it.
You can let your Russian grow rusty and full of weeds, slowly abandoning it to the sands of time.
But you won’t lose …
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