A little bit of history and pronunciation

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Caroline told me that she is going to visit Saint-Petersburg, my lovely hometown, in April, so i decided to prepare some materials about Saint-Petersburg for our next meeting. I know a lot about the history of the city and various historical places of interest, so i thought it would be a good opportunity to share my knowledge and introduce Caroline a bit of history and Russian culture. I prepared a map of the city center and marked places of interest that are worth visiting. Also, i wrote some questions and words that can be useful when she will visit Saint-Petersburg. I hope she will try to practice her Russian speaking skills there 🙂 

Most of the time i spoke Russian on our meeting and made English translations in order to make sure she understands most of my speech. I decided to make it more challenging because Caroline understands quite a lot of Russian, and it would greatly fasten her progress if she starts listening the real speech and paying attention to words. I spoke rather slowly but i think i should make more pauses because still it is hard for her to understand everything. But we will keep trying.

Later, we practiced my German pronunciation. Caroline prepared several cards with tongue-twisters. It was challenging for me to pronounce German ‘r’ in a proper way and long sounds, for example in the word ‘zehn’. 

One of the tongue-twisters: ‘Am zehnten zehnten um zehn Uhr zehn zogen zehn zahme Ziegen zehn Zentner Zucker zum Zoo….really hard to pronounce it quickly!

I think this meeting was very useful for both of us: we have learned new words, pronunciation, history and a bit of grammar.

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