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I frequently hear “Oh! You speak a lot of languages!” even when the speaker knows more languages than I do. Is it because they don’t expect a native English speaker to know any languages other than English, or because Russian and Swedish are so exotic that if you know them to any degree it is automatically assumed that you must know the “normal” foreign languages like French and Spanish as well?  I don’t, though I’ve taken a staggering two semesters of French. And my Swedish is crap. And Russian is a lifelong project. No, I don’t speak a lot of languages.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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