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Marina Marina | 10:44 UK time, Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Hi friends!

Well, it's time to say goodbye! I haven't been thinking for a long time what I'll write about). I've just reread all your comments and discovered some unanswered questions. So I'm going to answer them now, guys.

Danny: How the individual defines his own national definition? There are several options: by his language? by his place of birth? by his religion? by his historical roots? How these matters effect you? With whom do you feel the greatest solidarity?

I really feel like a cosmopolite). Honestly, the whole world is getting mixed, although it's a bit sad. I believe that every nationality should keep its originality, culture and traditions.

BBC_fan: Wow! Three celebration of New Year is more than enough! What is your favorite one? :-)

You see, my favorite New Year is traditional one, which is celebrated by the majority of people at 1st January. I really like a New Years tree and especially presents that are usually hidden under it). I don't know why, but there is one essential thing for me which came from the Soviet times - mandarins are the main thing on the New Years table)). The former Soviet citizens will understand me, I'm sure.

Mbagema: I see Almaty is green city and there are many beautiful mountains near. Are you mountain skier?

Unfortunately, I'm not. But I will!

Beatriz: Why are many children brought up by their grandparents in Kazakhstan?

You see, Beatriz, parents couldn't afford to hire a baby-sitter. To be precise it wasn't a norm in the Soviet society. That's why grandparents brought the children up.

Emat: Marina, is Taraday Belorussian surname? I know, it isn't of Korean one and neither is Polish.

Taraday is the Ukrainian surname. My grandfather was Ukrainian.

Emat: Did you ever heard about Aral Sea's ecological disaster? Do you know, Is our Old Man (and his ministers) taking any measures as regards to safe the Sea??

Of course I've heard about that problem. There is even a social foundation in Almaty that is trying to solve it. And I also know that the situation is getting better now, am I right?

Kim: Are Russian and Kazakh spoken equally, or are there parts of the county where one or the other is more widely spoken? What languages are taught in schools?

As far as I know, Russian language is used as equal as Kazakh one. But there are more Kazakh-speaking people in the south part of our country as well as in the countryside (auls). There are only three language that normally are taught in shools: English, German, and French.

Cross_the_Bridge: I've never tried sunflower seeds and even for me it is hardly possible do find them. What do they taste like? Why are they supposed to be useful? Maybe because in the past people had little to eat?

Well, the sunflowers seeds contain sunflower oil. That's why they're useful). They taste like nuts or something like that. I don't know exactly where the habit of eating them came from, but in our country the sunflowers are being sold everywhere and are quite popular snack.

Maria: On the latest Monday I also was in Warsaw. Do you like our capital city?

Of course I do. I've been there for two weeks and almost fall in love with Warsaw! As I noticed there are plenty of houses that look similar to ours ones of the Soviet time. As far as I know the historical center of Warsaw was rebuilt because it was completely ruined during the World War II. And I liked very much the Polish people attitude to their country.

Maria: How the Kazakhs treat their history, especially the period of being one of the republics of the USSR? The Kazakhs consider its as an occupation or rather as an normal situation? And what about now? As the nation do you like the Russian and politics that they are leading or you are rather more skeptical about them?

I can't talk for everybody. In my opinion Russia gave a huge boost to the development of Kazakhstan. I really don't have any suggestion what our country would be in case of another scenario. Of course there are people who blame the Soviet regime but the majority of us keep tolerance.

Kim: So you graduated 5 years ago? Where and what did you study?

I was studying Journalism at Almaty Institute of International Studies.

Emat: you don't by any chance know, how much does a single-room flat to rent in Almaty? What will it cost (without any furnishings, this I had to see for myself) to have it rented?

It depends on the area of the city. From $ 400 to $ 800.

Lana: I've one question to you, is it really you have in Kazachstan Yssyk lake? I always thought it is in Kyrgistan? Or have you a smaller one with the same name?

We have Issyk Lake in Almaty. I know what you were talking about. I've been to Issyk-Kul in Kirgizstan once! And I really liked that place - the water was so clear and warm!

Natanael: I'd like know about your job, I understood that you work a company like a newspaper company (am I right?). My last job was on the sport newspaper called Diário Lance, like "Marka" from Spain, or "Gazzeta Dello Sports" from Italy. So, tell me more, about your job and your challenger there.

It's an Internet edition which updates 24 hours. We write news from the whole world. But, unfortunately, on-line journalism isn't so popular and developed in Kazakhstan. Anyway, I hope in the future it will.

Beatriz: Congratulations Marina! Your new experience was a success. Are you going to repeat it?

You bet! I'm looking forward the next weekend!! )).

Doming: Who encourage you to try parachute jumping? I'm sure not your mom and dad. I think it took a lot of convincing to get their approval, isn't?

You see, it was my old dream. I've been prepared for that step for a long time. But I'm not going to stop there)).

OK guys, there is one more thing! I really liked the idea of some of you to visit Almaty one day! And I've caught you friends!)).

Ashish: And, I wish if I were there! If it happens somehow, meeting a Pocahontas with the nice hairstyle (highlighted in the photograph titled 'In the process of work') will also be a bonus. I really look forward to the day.

Elisabeth: I must remember the place next time we think about where to go on vacation...

Negee: You never know, may be sometimes I visit your country.
Friends, welcome to Kazakhstan!


I've really enjoyed this month. Thank you guys! And many thanks to Kim and the BBCLE!!!

Take care,

Yours, Marina the Pocahontas ;)


  • Comment number 1.

    Goodbye and many thanks dear Marina "Pocahontas" for your blogs. You are an adorable person. The best for your life! Beatriz.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Marina,

    I'm sorry that I couldn't keep in touch for last seven days due to a field trip outside the city. It's a great miss, I think. But, lastly I say I enjoyed your writing including the latest pieces. Thanks a lot again.

    Anyway, it's time to say bye now.
    So, bye as a blogger but welcome as a BBCLE friends. And, I think you'll keep in touch like all others.

    Take care.


  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Dear Marina!
    Thank you very much for your answers! You are clever girl and I find you very attractive! Good for you, well done. All of your blogs were very nice and the photos were handsome. The month was very cpecial to me: cpecial Thanks for that to the BBC Learning English team and our Dear Teacher Kim, who knows russian-speaking student's weak spot!
    Keep in touch, my friend. Best of luck in whatever you do!
    See you later,
    your friend Emat

  • Comment number 4.

    Thanks for answering all our questions Marina - you've been a great blogger! Best wishes for the future - and for your future parachute jumps!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Marina,

    Before I say good bye, I would like to thank you for sharing your experiences with us. It was a pleasure to have you as a student blogger. It was an enjoyable month and I have learnt a lot from it. Good bye and best wishes for the future.

    Take care


  • Comment number 6.

    Farewell charming Marina the Pocahontas...You was an wonderfull bloger .All your posts were written in very vivid colors and enable us to know you and your family and your country.I liked the way you refered to each one of your readers.Chapeau!
    Bye bye Danny

  • Comment number 7.

    Dear Marina,
    Thank you very much for giving us a glimpse of your life in Kazakhstan. I must confess it had not been much more than a name to me before. Now I have the impression that it is an interesting, multi-ethnic, colourful, cheerful place to live in - or at least you have been representing all these qualities and convinced me that your country is definitely worth a visit.
    All the best to our future guide around Almaty - hope we'll find you in the telephone directory once we are there ;)
    Elisabeth (Austria)

  • Comment number 8.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 9.

    thank u

  • Comment number 10.

    That was nice, u were so brave jumping from the blue sky, maybe someday I touch the Earth!!!!

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi dear Marina , Hope you will read my late farewell . You really did a great Job . I wish you the best in your life and career . and hope to be in touch here or maybe in FB .
    take care
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 12.

    hello.actually this is the first time ı have written my comment here.ı wanna ask you some things .first of all are you muslim? and how did you improve your english and increase your vacabulary knowledge?have you been at special course or school ?or have you been to another country which english is its main language?and do you earn extra money with your english in your job? give me some trips.by the way ı m only 16 from turkey in high school.our customs and traditions are similar maybe because of geographic distance on the world map.finaly write your thougts about my english knowledge keeping in mind my age.thank you in advance bye...

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Talha,

    I'm not a muslim. Actually I've been learning English for 1,5 years so far. I've a couple of foreigner friends who speaks English and try to speak with them. I also read a lot in English, I try not to read in Russian at all. Reading is really help to improve vocabulary. And one more thing, try to write as much as you can. I myself have a diary in English :)

    Good luck!


  • Comment number 14.

    although you had started learning english for 1.5 years so far maybe you make good improvment .ı think you are learning faster than anyone else at the same ages with you.but you have not answer me exactly.ı want you to comment about my engish keeping in mind my age.(16)looking at my old and new comment.see you bye

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Talha!

    I think your English is quite good. But everything I can say is that keep learning, read as much as you can and don't give up :)

    Best wishes,


  • Comment number 16.

    thanks for all your useful advices


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