In 1979 I was playing in a band with a friend from Germany, and living in a house with someone who was training to teach languages, and I also was given a huge German dictionary by a friend (I can't remember if this was because I was already interested in learning German, or because I wondered about making sense of German words in Hegel and Marx. Peter invited me and my girlfriend to Germany and I decided to learn a bit of German and got myself a basic text book. I did quite well on chapter one and can still remember how to say that the sky is blue and the sailor is happy - but didn't get any further than that.
I learnt to touch type over a number of years, which is a skill of which I'm unreasonably proud. More on this later.
I started learning Russian towards the end of 2007. The project on which I worked had a Russian office and I had met some Russians when they were working in the UK office and I was visiting the office myself.
I have had a habit in the past with a new enthusiasm of getting the resources before I know I have the committment. In this case I decided that I would need to master the alphabet (the cyrillic alphabet used for Russian) before I started buying text books. I had mastered a "strange" (to me) alphabet before having learnt the Greek alphabet in my teens. My Great Aunt Violet had tried to encourage an interest in language by giving me the French New Testatment & Psalms, and then gave me "Teach Yourself Greek". The signs of the alphabet did intrigue me and I did learnt it by heart (I can remember a lot of it still), but apart from realising how many English words had been borrowed from the Greek I didn't go any further with it. On my only Greek holiday it was useful for decipherying signs and being able to make a good guess at what they represented if there was any part of it that resembled an English word.
Back to the Russian alphabet. As I said, I could already touch type in English so I found out that anyone could very quickly convert their keyboard to produce the Cyrillic alphabet. I tried learning to type the alpabet out in order.
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