Slovakia Update #77 – Sushi in Slovakia

I woke up this morning feeling like I should, have been sleeping another 3 hours. But, it I only had 15 minutes until the bus came, so no more sleep for me (I already had hit the snooze button a few times…). After a groggy start I braved the cold and went out to the bus station.

I think I might have some kind of problem. I started reading a novel today, and by my 4th period class I had already finished it. Do I keep buying books to have them consumed so rapidly? It is a frustrating situation I am in, but I still have a few books in my inventory so I should be able to hold out for the time being. 

After my Slovak lessons today, Ashley, Nicole, and myself all went to a sushi restaurant in town. I know what you’re thinking, you are going to a sushi restaurant in the middle of Slovakia? Admittedly, it wasn’t my idea. But, I thought it would be fun to taste the difference between fairly inland sushi (Slovak), and sushi that is being prepared practically on the coast (California). To my surprise, it wasn’t bad at all. The rice was a bit strange, but it did not ruin the taste at all, rather it opened a door to a new type of sushi. I ordered some a few rolls and some sashimi, and to top it all off I had some green tea ice cream.

At my rotary meeting today, I was told that I needed to be preparing better for my Slovak. I thought about this throughout the meeting, and I have decided how to deal with it. I am having little success trying to memorize words and different grammar forms, so I have decided to go a different route. I am going to collect as many key phrases as I can, and memorize and abuse them as much as possible, and over time I should be able to pick up differences in the different situations. Very poorly put into words I must admit, but your trust is key here.

Today’s word of the day is:

Otec – father

Pronounced like otes in English. 

One Comments

  • Mom

    November 20, 2017

    I think your plan to memorize phrases is a good idea. Having been your teacher while you learned to read, I know this is more your modality for learning. When you were learning to read you spent very little time on individual words and more on the context as a whole. You had a difficult time with spelling despite being an excellent reader. That is unusual. SO my theory was that you never focused on each word when reading. I suspect the theory is true for spoken communication as well. Focusing on the bigger picture will probably be helpful and more meaningful.
    You are definitely smart enough to do it.


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