Since I was a child I have always been in love with letters. Yes, you heard it. Letters. They were my favourite toys.
Russian letters came first. I was fascinated by their beauty and what they could say to me. I was looking for a meaning behind them. I read between the lines. Metaphor, alliteration, comparison, hyperbole, simile.
I loved them all. With no exception.
Being in love with letters inspired me to start learning English.
I was the weakest student when I joined an extracurricular class at school at the age of 13 in Raduzhny. A town in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Back at that time, I could barely pronounce a few syllables.
I started to speak English by learning English phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and texts by heart.
I loved seeing how letters became words. Words turned into phrases. Phrases became sentences. In my case, it was the best way to learn.
Having Bonk N. A. by my side as a mentor I took second place in a town Olympiad devoted to English.
Later, I got back to the city where I was born to get my degree in Linguistics. Tyumen.
The teachers at Tyumen State University are the best.
I have had an affair with the English Language for most of my life. It’s a lifelong romance filled with action, intrigue, and curiosity.
As an English Teacher, I am afforded an opportunity to engage with students on an emotional level through storytelling and body language which provokes curiosity. Students learn better when they are engaged, don’t they?
I have taught English to Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai students.