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С Новым Годом, Y’all!

(That’s “Happy New Year” in Russian.)

I’ve been enjoying the hell out of the new Russian course I started on the language website Duolingo. It’s free, it’s fun, and did I say it’s free?

And one of the neat things I’ve found is the ability to change my keyboard from the Latin alphabet to Cyrillic with just the click of an icon, thanks to Chrome and its language input extension. They have over 70 languages you can toggle back and forth between on any website where you can enter text.

And, here’s something interesting I found about learning another language as an adult:

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The Things You Learn…

I’ve been trying to improve my 8th grade Spanish lately through the use of a great internet site called Duolingo.  But help has also come in the form of a fellow Zumba classmate who hails from Spain originally.  It’s wonderful to be able to converse with a native speaker, especially when it comes to those pesky idioms, expressions used by a specific group of people.

This morning I told her in Spanish that “Dormí como una piedra anoche.” (I slept like a rock last night.)  She said in Spain it would be “Dormí como un lirón.”  I asked her what that was and she said it was a little animal that slept all day.

Turns out it’s a dormouse (remember the sleepy dormouse in Alice in Wonderland?) and I found this absolutely adorable video of one snoring.  Yep, that was me last night.