On Friday evenings, my mom teaches children from the ages 4, 5, and 6 about Islam. I recently became her assistant and since her story book doesn't have a lot of pictures, I decided to illustrate on the white board to help the kids remember the important parts of the lesson. It's really hard to communicate with some of them because two only speak Russian and three other ones only or mostly speak Arabic. I'm glad I know at least a little bit of Arabic, words like, "kifhaliq?" meaning how are you?, "yallah!" litterally means to God but basically means let's go, "nimshi" means let's walk, and of course "assalamu alaikum" which all Muslims would know means peace be upon you.
So, I have been studying a little bit of Russian in hopes that I can communicate with the Russian kids and help them learn. It's a good thing both the moms of the Russian and Arabic children are there; their English is minimal but sufficient. I really like them; they're so easy going and patient.
Here are some pictures of the little bit of Russian I know so far (the Alphabet and a few words):