Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Of Moscow

They have crazy letters that aren't like the ones you and I are used to. We don't speak Russian, but your correspondents know the Cyrillic alphabet well enough to sound out words. It's fun to sound out some 15-letter-long Russian word, especially on billboards or signs where cognates are more likely, and one gets a little thrill out of realizing that it's a recognizable concept. Soo-pyer-mahr-kiet... supermarket! It must be like what a child learning to read for the first time feels. Of course, most of the words remain cryptic, despite reading them aloud again and again, but that didn't stop us. What can we say -- we're hooked on фоникс.

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