The story so far

Posted: 18/05/2012 in Uncategorized

Nearly 3 weeks ago we started with the Super Challenge… I had hoped I would have already finished my first book by now… well, I’ve not. I did read 101 pages out of the 227 the book has, so I wasn’t completely wasting my time, and I did listen to the first 3 chapters of the corresponding audio book (total 3 hours of listening)

At the end of the month, I’ve got some Russian exams. So until my exams are done, I won’t really be doing much with Belarusian at all for the simple reason that it starts to interfere with my Russian. I’ve noticed a sharp incline of spelling errors in my Russian writing, and we can’t have that with exams coming up.

Last week I got my copy of Factory of Tears, a bilingual Belarusian-English poetry collection. Although I’m not a fan of poetry, it’s pretty much the only way to get a hard-copy of Belarusian books (the translation is a great bonus, though). And on another note, after my exams I’ll be going to Belarus to get my hands on some books (maybe movies, but I doubt that). And before you all thing “Oh, immersion”, forget it. The main language spoken there is Russian, and it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to speak Belarusian within 2-3 weeks… Better stick to Russian then.

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Comments
  1. syntaxrick says:

    As someone who is planing to study Belorussian at some point, I am quite interested to see how your progress goes 🙂 Keep it up! Oh I was wondering. How have you guys managed to get a status bar of your progress as a widget?

    • I added my widget as a simple text with the following formating:
      Goal: 100 Books
      Current: 0

      0%

      START END

      If you want to study Belarusian, make sure you’re advanced enough in Russian. It will make things easier and less chance of interference

      • syntaxrick says:

        Thanks for the feedback 🙂 I agree about the interference. I remember when I flirted with Ukrainian, I found myself mixing them at times. What I liked about Ukrainian is that it doesn’t have the unaccented ‘o’ that is often pronounced like an ‘a’ in Russian. Is Belarusian the same?

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