QUOTE(Flossie @ Jul 29 2009, 11:25 AM)
QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Jul 29 2009, 01:45 AM)
QUOTE(mwl1 @ Jul 28 2009, 06:04 PM)
Have fun, BerkshireMum! Are you going anywhere exciting?
Having spent quite a lot on visiting our daughter in Moscow over the New Year, we are slumming it in BerkshireSon's student house in Durham - figured that as he and his friends are having to pay the rent on an empty house we might as well have the benefit! (We are actually going to pay the rent for them whilst we're staying there.)
Hoping to get to Alnwick Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne, Whitby, etc, etc.
The Durham Dales are worth a visit too, especially if you're prepared to do a bit of walking - you get a much better view of the beautiful countryside if you go away from the car for a bit.
There's a really good bakers in Stanhope which does the best pies and sausage rolls I've ever had.
Sarah: for some bizzare reason everyone I know who's done Russian at Durham has been called Sarah (or Sara pronounced like Sarah)
- I'm adding you to that list now.
Just for the record, my daughter is not called Sarah!
QUOTE(pianist_flautist @ Jul 29 2009, 11:43 AM)
QUOTE(sarah-flute @ Jul 29 2009, 11:06 AM)
Durham and the surrounding area is lovely!
Your holidays sound good to me, as a Durham alumna and someone who studied Russian and therefore did a year in Russia I have fond memories of both
Hope you slept OK BM!!
Sarah, sorry to be nosey, but did you study Russian on it's own or combined with another subject, and did you do an A level in Russian before you went to university, or did you learn it from scratch? I ask because I'm considering studying French at university and would like to combine it with either Italian or Russian, but the Italian or Russian would be from scatch (French at post A level when I get there), and wondered how easy it is to study a language from scratch like that?
Perhaps a bit late to reply, now you've gone to Australia, but BerkshireDaughter studied German and Russian at Durham. She had A-level French and German, but started Russian from scratch. It's probably a good idea to try to master the Cyrillic script before you start uni, as the course moves quite quickly and it helps not to be held back by inability to translate what you see on the page into sounds!
You would be expected to be at at least A-level standard at the end of your first year at university to be allowed to carry on with Russian, but if you're keen I understand it's no problem.