So you thought the Russian alphabet is an arcane system of mysterious symbols? Take the course and think again!
This course is just a small part of the future Basics of Russian course that will allow you to have a better understanding of why Hollywood always gets it wrong, why you can actually learn to navigate Cyrillic-writing countries, and whether you might want to take the plunge and study Russian for good!
Masha Holl speaks several languages and has been teaching everything Russian for almost 30 years: a lot of language, but also culture, folklore, literature, and cinema.
She has been developing courses at the college level for over 20 years, from the basic lecture to the full, semester-long, credit-awarding course. Even so, every semester, students surprise her with unexpected questions and new insights into old material and familiar subjects.
Russian is her native language, and her family's story illustrates the history of Russia since before the 1917 revolution to the present day.
In her spare time, she likes to create multimedia scenes illustrating folk stories, tend her garden in spite of the South Texas sun, and spoil her dog.