გამარჯობა (‘Hi’ in Georgian :))
Next week I’m heading back to one of my favorite parts of the world again to catch up with old friends, get in some adventure and of course, revisit the language.
I’m so excited about it that I decided to make a video post so here it is.
One of the things I didn’t mention in the video is that when I lived in Georgia a few years back, most of the people I met (including the host family I lived with) didn’t speak a word of English.
Not a word.
My Georgian language at the time was very basic which meant that I struggled to communicate with them on a deep level and get to know them as well as I wanted to.
Perhaps you can relate that sometimes you just really want to get to know somebody but can’t and it’s so frustrating!
The good thing for me is that as you know if you follow this blog, I’ve recently learned the Russian language having lived in Russia last year which is still the second language for many people in Georgia.
Particularly the older generations.
The general attitude toward Russia is still pretty bad (understandably) but it means that going back this time I’ll be able to communicate fluently with people and get to know them much better than I was able to before.
So this is really exciting for me on a personal level.
I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂
Also if you’re after a good book to get started on Georgian, I recommend Beginner’s Georgian by Dodona Kiziria.
There isn’t a whole lot out there for Georgian unfortunately but this is by far the best I’ve used.