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10 Years in Finland. Conclusions.

Yesterday, August 25, is exactly 10 years of me being in Finland. In 2009, I arrived to this country being extremely naive and scared of everything. I could not even imagine that there can be such a safe place, where you can freely walk in the late evening, where you can loose your purse and… Continue reading 10 Years in Finland. Conclusions.

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Childhood Memories. 90s Russia

I usually post texts about the trips or cultural aspects in a light positive way. This post will be less optimistic, so if you want to stay away from negativity, just skip reading it. I want to go back to my childhood and tell you about post-Soviet Russia. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991,… Continue reading Childhood Memories. 90s Russia

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Thank You for 2000 Followers! ❤

Hello everyone! This post is for those who follow me and who stops by by accident. I want to thank you all for your likes, views, and, of course, follows. I started this blog in summer 2015, basically 4 years ago, and I could not even imagine it will reach 2000 regular readers. In 2015,… Continue reading Thank You for 2000 Followers! ❤

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Arriving at Koper

Finally, the post about lovely Slovenia! Before my trip to Slovenia, all my knowledge on the country was limited to the 2 facts. I basically knew that Ljubljana is its capital and that I will likely understand the local language due to its similarity to Russian. I was curious about Slovenia; however, I cannot say… Continue reading Arriving at Koper

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Dia de Portugal

Yesterday, 10th of June, Portugal celebrated the National holiday - Day of Portugal, also known as Camões. This holiday is dedicated to Luís Camões, who wrote a poem about great Portuguese explorations. Congratulations, dear Portugal! Thank you for sharing your discoveries and amazing historical facts with me and for introducing confidential and knowledgeable people. It… Continue reading Dia de Portugal

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Why Do We Have Accent?

Traveling abroad we become more conscious about different accents. But why do they exist? You can read it in my other blog, which is related to language learning.

Learning Languages with Elena

A very distinctive part of non-native speakers’ speech is accent. You probably heard a foreign person speaking your native language and struggling to pronounce some sounds correctly. The same occurs to us when we speak a foreign language.

Accent is something that distinguishes native-speakers from non-native. But why do we have an accent? We are born with the ability to pronounce any sound; however, our mother tongue ‘filters off’ the sounds which it doesn’t contain. This means that after 6 years old, our ability to learn other sounds (ones which are absent from the own language) is declining. Thus, we end up having accent in a foreign language in adulthood.

The accent is shaped by the peciliarities of the mother tongue, and the level of accent varies depending on the language we learn. What does this mean? Here is example: I am Russian, and I noticeably will have accent speaking…

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The ‘Horror’ of Cultural Diversity – Greetings

Europe is a diverse place with a number of languages and cultures. Despite knowing and understanding the differences, we still have some confusion in communication. One of the aspects I want to discuss is greeting people from other countries. The reason is that greetings caused many awkward moments equally for me and my conversation partners.… Continue reading The ‘Horror’ of Cultural Diversity – Greetings

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Conclusions on Malta

This is the last post of Malta, and I want to summarise all my experiences and impressions. First of all, I am always very careful with my expectations regarding new places. However, it was not the case with Malta. I was already overexcited with the place just from seeing pictures. I felt that the country… Continue reading Conclusions on Malta