Nastya’s Nasty Errors
Trudi, you must send my compliments to your Nan. Are you sure you are not getting anything confused and she really is 85?
Now back on to St. Michael’s Cathedral, we really booked it a few months in advance, but we needn’t have done it well in advance (I was just being paranoid that somebody might book it for the same day as my wedding’s) as there aren’t many people willing to get married in a church – the majority of couples get married at a registry office. I think it is a result of the many years during which the church was not favoured by the soviet governments. There are not pews in Russian churches and St. Michael’s Cathedral is not an exception. The interior of the cathedral is spacious, it is gilded and decorated with the pictures of different saints.
There will be about 50 people present at both the church ceremony and the reception. We still haven’t chosen a venue so we don’t even know where to invite guests yet!
Trudi, I find “minor and infrequent” errors aggravating and they are difficult to get rid of too. I am a bit of a perfectionist so the knowledge that there are (and probably will always be) some sneaky little errors in my writing is somewhat upsetting.
Abida, I read in some book that there are so many phrasal verbs that it is not worth your while trying to learn them all as you might never even come across some of them in your lifetime. Good English-English dictionaries will give you clear definitions and examples of the usage of phrasal verbs. I think that student books with exercises that ask you to replace highlighted verbs with offered phrasal verbs are very useful and in student books they make you learn phrasal verbs that are frequently used in contemporary English. Hope this helps.
Kirsti, yes, there are the Nenetse people living on Yamal too. I suspect they look very similar to the Hanty. Did that actress go there in a summer period? How interesting… I didn’t know that the Yamal peninsula is so famous :)
Leila, you told us worrying news. Hope your husband and you are OK.
Nestor, welcome and nice to meet you. I agree with you that it is a very interesting part of the BBC LE web site. I wonder if every month people bet on what country next blogger will be from :)
Antonio, with teeth! Did the grooms look at least a little upset during the process?
Kuldeep, unfortunately I can’t tell you more about the Hanty and their traditions as I didn’t live among them. Maybe that French actress Kirsty mentioned in the comments shared her experiences somewhere on the Internet?
Ernesto, as you rightly noticed, a few statues of soviet leaders still remain in Russia. I don’t think it would be the right thing to remove them all as they are part of our history, good or bad. It’s a photo of a statue of Lenin, it stands in front of the Udmurt National library where I spent so many hours as a student.
Ecaterina, congratulations! I have never seen archery competitions but I have deep respect for sportsmen of nearly every kind of sport. Here in Izhevsk we have a very good sporting club and our sportsmen took prize places in European championships. Good luck to you!
Talk to you soon,
Have a good weekend,
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