Just a fast little note: in my beginner’s class, everyone drew a picture of a highlight from vacation or of a highlight they wished they’d had. Several kids went skiing, and one student planned to go skiing, but ended up in the hot tub with some girls. (That’s as far as it went!)
I have never used the word “bathed” in Russian class as it applies to the idea of swimming in all these years, but it was the right word here. Right after we’d discussed the vacation stories, we were MovieTalk-ing a Russian children’s cartoon (the Masha and the Bear episode where the Bear falls in love), and to my wondering eyes, it appeared that the lovely Bear lady was bathing in the lake when the Bear first caught sight of her. I’d never considered using the phrase as I prepped the cartoon, planning instead to talk about the water and the sky and how beautiful she was, but having used the word just before the cartoon showed, I could repeat it and no one missed a beat.
We’re all excited here in Anchorage because we’re going to Skype with Ashley Hastings on Friday. I’ll let you know at least a tiny bit of what we learn.