Lexicon Valley

Russian Is My Mount Everest

A grueling, painful, lifelong joy of studying Russian was sparked by Anna Karenina.

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Episode Notes

Many years ago, after reading Constance Garnett’s English translation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, John McWhorter wondered what it would be like to read the novel in its original Russian. So he set to work teaching himself the language—and he’s been at it ever since.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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