• Give reasons for your answer
My general impressions are like those of anyone moving from a small town to a big city. Moving from a small town in Connecticut, USA, to a big city in Russia seems to be an extreme to me, although I have also found that Russia is full of extremes.
My experience here in the past two months has changed how I look at the world, and I am very grateful that I have another two months in which to enhance my knowledge of this city. By living with a host family I have had the opportunity to live as Russians live and, this has obviously added to my cultural experience. My host parents do not speak any English, so my Russian has been slowly improving and I have also been learning how to communicate with body language.
"Why Russia?" I was so often asked before I came here. I wanted to go somewhere that would change how I viewed the world. I wanted to go somewhere that would challenge me intellectually and culturally. Russia has made me appreciate the ease with which I can get almost anything done at home, compared to the difficulties I have in doing simple tasks here. Instead of focusing on the differences and frustrations that any situation might present, I am slowly coming to appreciate Russian culture for its uniqueness.
1 Impressions here means
2 For Christina moving to a big city in Russia is
a) a very unusual thing
b) not a good idea
3 Experience here means
a) something that happens to you and influences you
b) something you think about a lot
4 Christina's Russian is becoming
5 This trip would
a) test Christina's skills and abilities
b) make Christina's life more difficult
6 Appreciate here means
a) to understand better
b) not to pay attention to
7 To focus on something means:
a) to see something clearly
b) to pay special attention to something
8 Frustrations means
a) What is more important here: the activity or the result?
b) Is this process still continuing? Do you think improving is important for Christina?