AGTS Student Judi Ballweber Comments On Her Experience Studying in Kiev, Ukraine
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Several years ago I studied a year of Russian, which definitely helped with communication. English is offered at the Seminary so I sat in on the second level and worked on my Russian
while helping with pronunciation and contextual questions for the English learners.
After learning the Lords Prayer in Russian, I
quickly realized that the Lords Prayer is often prayed in services and group settings in Ukrainian churches. It was amazing how learning this beloved prayer opened up my understanding
of sermon themes in the church services where there was no interpreter. It gave me a greater sense of community as I worshipped with these precious believers in their language. .
Often people asked why I was speaking Russian in Ukraine. The program at ETS is in English and Russian, as both are trade languages in that vast region and ETS is an international school.
So, I also started learning some Ukrainian phrases.
I even learned some of the Uzbek language, such as how to count to 5 in Uzbekbirrr, ick, ooch, tort, besch. For my Teaching Methods class, my cohort chose to teach our graduate level
class of international students how to count to five. A couple from Tashkent, Uzbekistan led the cultural transformation process. I was chosen to be the proper Uzbek wife complete
with 20 braids (negotiated down from 100) and wore the proper Uzbek head covering and poured tea for my proper Uzbek (Ukrainian) husband while sitting on the floor in proper
Uzbek style. Shrieks of laughter filled the classroom.
Judi getting a lesson in the proper Uzbek life.
Thursday, August 7, 2003 2:29 PM