I Taught Myself The Cyrillic Alphabet

I was bored yesterday. I don’t have a job yet, I don’t have many friends in this town, and I hadn’t taken on a project lately. I was trying to think of a way I can utilize my time properly. I didn’t want to waste away and watch Netflix while over-eating chocolate pudding.

So I thought: what’s something I’m good at. Well, obviously, it’s learning languages. I’ve been wanting to learn Russian for so long, but my desire has been stronger lately. I celebrate every Passover at my best friends house. Her neighbors, who actually live in my old house, come every year. They are an adorable Russian/Mexican family. I like to practice my crappy Russian with them every chance I get.

We celebrated Passover not so long ago, so the Russian was fresh in my mind. I knew Russian was on Duolingo but hadn’t started it yet. So I googled ‘Russian Alphabet.’ You’ll never guess what popped up. The Russian Alphabet. I know…crazy.

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So I spent the next two or three hours making notecards, writing in my new Russian notebook, playing Duolingo, and pouring through a couple Russian language apps that I have on my phone. I was so surprised by how easy it was.

Maybe it’s because I learned Arabic abjad. This is the alphabet used in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and other Near East languages. Learning the Arabic script was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

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I used to go home from school, after being there for six hours, with a massive brain block. I couldn’t think of anything else or do anything that required some brain power. I was agitated and restless. I would come home, have a snack, and then sleep for five hours before starting my homework. It was an intense lifestyle.

It’s no wonder I thought learning another alphabet was going to be nearly as hard. But as soon as I wrote down all the letters and sounded them out, I realized it was just going to be a bit of memorization. As a polyglot, I’m very familiar with the practice.

After two hours, I sat amazed at my desk. It was that easy. I can read the Cyrillic alphabet. I’ll be getting better at Russian every day now. Looking back, I’m so glad I took the time to do something productive, rather than wasting my day away, watching television. It just goes to show how far a little motivation and productivity will go. I can’t wait to see how far this takes me!

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