Привет. Меня зовут Рия. Очень приятно.
Hi. My name’s Ria. Pleased to meet you.
You would think that of all the things I could choose to do in my free time: reading my books, practicing the piano, knitting, baking, drawing, singing, or playing one of my many video games, I wouldn’t be Russian to learn some Russian. I hope you enjoyed that obligatory pun. But that’s exactly what I decided to do.
"I thought you were actually Russian."
Honestly, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Mother Russia ever since I played a Russian cook named Cookie Cusack during my high school’s production of Neil Simon’s farce, Rumors. An eccentric show host with an ailing back, Cookie was a delight of a character to play as I dropped to the floor every night, acting out fits of horrible back spasms as I slid my way off stage. By my last performance, I had perfected Cookie’s voice, the result of several Russian accent tutorials, which earned me the greatest compliment of my high school acting years: “I thought you were actually Russian.”