Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

31 Aug 2005, 12:49 p.m.

On Y Va/Nachalo

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

The Russian band Tarakani! has a song called "Letter to Britney" that includes the lyric "I live in Moscow." Of course, the song's title is actually "Pismo k Britni" and the lyric is actually "Ya zhivu v Moskvye." I actually understand that line, what with having learned all the vocab and grammar within it during my first semester of Russian. I wonder whether additional lyrics will include "Excuse me, could you tell me where the metro is?" and "I study the Russian language at a university."

There is a song on the same album called "Ya tebya liubliu," or "I love you." Leonard, that one's for you!