Alarming News

August 31, 2004

I’m an embarrassment to bi-lingual people everywhere.

Sitting in ‘blogger’s corner’ yesterday, I heard two guys speaking Russian behind me. I turned around and asked them where they were from. It turned out that they were filming for a Russian television station and were interviewing bloggers. They asked if they could interview me. I said ok. Then they asked if I could do it in Russian. Uh, ok. I had just finished telling Roger Simon that my Russian is ancient, I talk the way a grandmother would talk. I use no slang and my Russian is extremely proper.

So, I did the interview. I think I did pretty badly, though the two guys were so nice and told me I did well. There are words I just don’t know in Russian like ‘links’ or ‘hits’ or ‘taxes’, so my sentences would be like ‘mneh nee nravitsa, uh, taxes’ (I don’t like taxes). I’m comforted by the fact that the interview will only be shown in Russia. I should really never speak Russian again.

Posted by Karol at 12:05 PM |
Comments

Quite to the contrary It only means that you need to practice more, or just hang out in Brooklyn more. I am sure your Russian skills will at some point be an asset again. At the very least maybe you can get your drinks faster @ Rasputin.

Posted by: MKID at August 31, 2004 at 12:21 pm

But all of our friends (except maybe Mr. Daniels and Mr. Felix) speak the same, broken Russian that I do. I’m sure none of them know how to say ‘taxes’ either. We know how to get by in Russian but we really shouldn’t be doing interviews on Russian television.

Posted by: Karol at August 31, 2004 at 12:26 pm

Go down to Teddy KGB’s place.

Posted by: Drew at August 31, 2004 at 12:43 pm

Nalogi ;)

Posted by: Jheka at August 31, 2004 at 2:44 pm

Or you could skip the convention and come to brighton beach with me :-D

Posted by: candace at August 31, 2004 at 6:36 pm

I wouldn’t know how to say ‘links’ and ‘hits’. I’m pretty sure it’s ‘linki’ and ‘hity’, though :)

Posted by: Ivan Lenin at September 1, 2004 at 12:00 pm

Here’s the article about the interview, it’s in Russian: http://www.vesti.ru/comments.html?id=30177

Posted by: Karol at September 1, 2004 at 12:29 pm

rauchen fügt ihnen und den menschen in ihrer umgebung erheblichen schaden zu

Posted by: Routenplaner at October 13, 2004 at 10:14 am
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