It’s Not What You Know. It’s What I Don’t.

I’m working in a wine shop for the present.  And I find myself noticing something that’s been pointed out to me for years.

I can speak English, Russian and Hebrew to varying degrees of fluency.
I can read basic Turkish, Ukrainian, Georgian and Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian.
I can recognize many Armenian and Arabic letters.
I have shabby Azeri, Polish and Afrikaans comprehension.
I know the difference in pronunciation of “sz” in Hungarian vis-a-vis Polish, and can read a variety of permutations on the basic Latin alphabets used by Turkic and Slavic dialects.

But I know not a whit of Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese.  The only languages really useful in a wine store.  And I can’t even fake French.

So I now concur with all and sundry.  I apparently am only attracted to zany languages.  *sigh*  🙂

** Photo below of another zany place.  Click on it for zany information.  The only kind I gather about me.

Remaining Husk of a Church in Ani, the Ancient Armenian Capital Currently Located in Turkey

Remaining Husk of a Church in Ani, the Ancient Armenian Capital Currently Located in Turkey


About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. After a decade in international development, democracy work, and inclusivity training for domestic NGOs, I joined Peace Corps, and after a year, experienced my first Russian invasion. I followed that up by volunteering with refugees and youth, and after some vacation time climbing minarets and mountains, I returned to New York City, where today I work on social justice with college students, produce short films, and write.
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2 Responses to It’s Not What You Know. It’s What I Don’t.

  1. messera1 says:

    Great picture. I am named after this city, 🙂 I looked upon this city from the Armenia/Turkey border last weekend. It was very special for me. It’s amazing to imagine 800 years ago a bustling and powerful center of a kingdom was here…

  2. sputnitsa says:

    Truly amazing 🙂 And while I stood in Ani, looking out over the ravine and into Armenia, I kept wondering what it would look like from there. Was it beautiful from there?

    There is a gorgeous building I could barely make out in the distance, which looks like it’s in Armenia or else in the middle of the divide between the two countries… I feel like I imagined it’s a convent or something.

    Truly an evocative place 🙂 And I love the name! 🙂

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