As my wife and I have spent our last two hockey seasons in Russia I have noticed two very important things that are occurring: Our English is getting worse, and our Russian is not improving at all.
One may think how is this possible? Well its easy, when we speak to Russians we use the most basic English words and hand gestures to try to get our message across. When we speak at home 70% of the words coming out of my mouth are directed at our 9 month year old daughter. "Hi dada dada" is a common phrase and I am referring to myself saying it, not the baby.
Today is a day that stands out in my mind as a milestone moment for our lack of English. My wife was deciding what type of ground meat to use for our taco night. She is standing by the fridge and asks me, "Do you want dark meat or another kind of meat tonight?" I look at her as if she is an alien, and she quickly tries to redeem her English. "I mean do you want um um um um cow or the cow and pig mix" I am dying laughing, "do you mean beef" I asked.
We need serious help. And its not just her either, I find myself fumbling for common words everyday. So this blog entry is a cry for help. If anyone has Rosetta Stone English please message me. You will be helping two college educated adults get their life back. Time is running out, we will be back in the US in April. Godspeed.