Beginning in 7th grade, I studied Russian for 5 years. Except for one forgettable year when the teacher was a Brooklyn gal with a heavy Brooklyn accent, my teacher was Gospodin Gogotsky, a Tatar who had been a choreographer in Russia. He fascinated me, even when he was, shall we say, impaired during his last year of teaching.
I had an idea for a BTT question when I was taking a peek at one of my bookcases yesterday and spotted my old copy of the Aeneid in Latin sitting there. Maybe this question has already been done—but if not… Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them?
I own two books in Russian. Anyone who knows me is going to laugh, because the titles are so *me*: one is an anthology of poetry, and the other is Winnie the Pooh. The poetry is beyond me at this point. I'm sure I still could read the words, but I could not understand them. Winnie? Maybe.