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Old 10-17-2020, 11:01 AM
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Talking To PaulVDV: Languages

Hi Paul, Thank you for your nice words.
One thing is to learn something, e.g. languages, but quite another is to maintain this knowledge. In my Middle East trip in autumn I could read quite well (I mean decipher) in Farsi and in Arabic, but now I have all forgotten. So it is important to have constant contact with the language. Every day, I listen to the podcasts or vlogs in three or four of six foreign languages I learn and I observe quite a progress in listening comprehension. (Dutch is not included up to now but who knows?).

I am happy that you and Gert found it interesting enough to try to read. It was my goal . As to o in Fiodorovich. O is written here big or small, it is not important. But what you hear as the first o is, in fact, a single letter yo, written by a letter e. In modern Russian it is e with two dots, that are usually omitted (Федор). In old Russian the letter e has something like apostrophe.
Have a nice (?) day. In Warsaw, it is raining and lockdown.
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