My lesson with Paulina, the sweet Russian girl I've been tutoring for three years, was quite memorable today. She and her sister are American, having been born in Chicago, and their parents are Russian.
American: She rushed to put on the 1774 Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia dress that my mom made as her costume for the lesson today. (Yes, you must always wear a costume for a tutoring session. Always.)
American: "Can I please have a snack?"
Russian: As I handed her some blini (crepes), I asked what she'd like on them. Jam, perhaps? Honey? Nutella? Oh, no... "Caviar?" Tee hee! Being American, my girls prefer sweet condiments with their blini. I was so surprised by her completely innocent (and absolutely normal for a Russian) request. We in the USA associate caviar with luxury goods; here it's a normal food to have in your refrigerator. Think "Russian relish." She settled on powdered sugar.
Russian: We then started our lesson with some reading. She kept pronouncing "v" as if it were "w." I tried to have her repeat a variety of words to help her with the sound. "Video!" "Wideo?" "Vacation!" "Wacation?" "Very!" "Wery?" This went on for while... Finally... "Vodka!" "VODKA!" Ta-da. Now she can pronounce "v" vvvvery well, thank you!