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My weekly goals.

Posted by defyphysics on January 11, 2011

I know this isn’t too exciting, but I’ve made a few goals for the following week.  I want to get all the reading done (several small booklets between 50-100 pages).  Secondly, I want to learn the Cyrillic alphabet, which is the alphabet used by both the  Russian and Ukrainian languages.  From what I’ve read, Ukrainian is very phonetic, which is good.  The hard part will be familiarizing myself with the Cyrillic alphabet until it becomes second nature to pronounce words with it.  A friend at work, Olga, is teaching me basic Russian phrases to get me started.  Regardless of whether I have to learn Russian or Ukrainian, it is a good to know the other language at least in a conversational manner.

As far as excitement, it has abated a bit, but it ebbs and flows with each day depending on how much I’m able or want to think about the big changes coming in my life.  As profoundly excited and happy about my near future, I also cannot ignore the vast amount of work the next few months will bring.  Not to mention leaving everybody I care about behind in the states.  It’s a big mountain to hurdle before starting my Peace Corps service.  For those that know me, they know how much I love mountains.  This one’s a doozy, but I imagine the view is like none other I’ve ever seen.

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