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Onιgin, my good friend and brother,

Was born beside the Neva’s span,

Where maybe, reader, you began,

Or sparkled in one way or other.

I too there used to saunter forth,

But found it noxious in the north.
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S. Pushkin, Onegin

I do not read any poems, but with one exception: poems in Russian. I still remember by heart some poems that I learned in school (more than 55 years ago). Among them I remember quite big pieces of Evgeniy Onegin. So, it is not strange that I am very happy that after many years of dreaming of St Petersburg, I finally saw Neva river.

I was looking in Google for the translation into English and accidentally I found also interesting videos and sites.
As maybe you know, I have three passions that are connected - travels, photos and foreign languages. Learning languages is a very strong motivation for travelling alone. And I found that there are polyglot gatherings where some crazy people meet. Who is polyglot? There are different opinions. So, the common opinion is that with the four languages spoken you are multilingual, with six - polyglot, five is between. The other thing is what is the level. For me, important is to communicate with people - to understand what the people say, to say what I want, to read and to write (well, with it there are more problems). I speak Polish (of course), English, Russian, German and Spanish. So I should learn one more and I will be a polyglot! The next meeting will be next year near Warsaw. Maybe I could join? Watching videos, I noticed these people have something in common: they learn by themselves, they have fun with it, they love it. Just like me. Some of the people speak 12, or 15, or more languages - they are hyperpolyglots. Unfortunately, in my age people rather forget than learn something new, but I will try.

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