1. One of the girls who corrects everything I do in Russian? While I was translating a poem, she was doing other homework, I asked her what a line meant and she said, I’ll time you. So she looks at her watch, I look at this line. I’m like, it’s this. She’s like, five seconds! Jerrkkkkk.
2. Read a newspaper in Russian. I’m currently translating an article. I added this goal the summer before I started studying Russian. Before I ever got far enough into a language to have a very rough conversation. I really thought I would have completed this goal after a year or a year and a half. Listening to real stuff, looking at real newspapers (and not textbooks geared to my level), I have a better understanding of how long it’s going to take before I can read a newspaper. (Answer: forever)