Our development team is based in the Ukraine and they all speak Russian (and English). I thought that I should make an effort to and try to learn their language. Therefore I have enrolled myself in a distance course Russian. I chose a course at a well-known Dutch institute (NHA) because it was recommended to me by a friend. I have to say that I didn’t really do an in-dept investigation, I just enrolled myself.
Today I received all study materials, I’m flabbergasted. The first things that I found where two binders with my lessons. Not the most cost-effective and modern way. Enclosed was a bundle of envelopes that I can use to send my homework to my teacher. As if email was not invented yet.
The next thing that came out of the package was a pocket translator. It is a pity that I didn’t enroll in a course Portuguese or Spanish, because it supports those languages, but unfortunately no Russian.
But then as an icing on the cake the last item appeared from the box:
Your eyes are not fooling you, it is a ……. Discman! I’m surprised that they found a factory that is still manufacturing these. I’m completely back in the eighties and I realize that there is still a lot to gain in the world of distance learning.