December 18 Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn't go for it? (Prompt by @kaileenelise)
When I was in Ukraine, I felt lost. People spoke all around me and I have on idea what they were saying. I could pick up a word here or there, but mostly I was completely helpless in interacting with anyone who wasn't able to translate through my step-mother.
This coming year, I would like to rectify that. I want to start learning Russian. I tried to learn a little bit before I went on my trip, but I found out, it didn't really help me at all. When putting Ky and I on the train heading for Kiev, Tanya talked to the attendant and asked her to keep an eye on us. The attendant asked "Can't they speak any Russian at all?" and Tanya replied, "Well, they can count to 10."
My plan is to get Rosetta Stone in Russian. Then, I will practice with my Dad and Tanya on Skype until I can actually participate in a real conversation.
Next time I go to see my other family, I want to be able to talk to them.