Early into my time learning Russian, the institute decide to have a celebration. Each student could choose to be part of the choir, write a skit, or say a traditional toast– all in Russian of course. With 2 months of Russian under the belt, I joined the choir. We learned 8 songs.
I am still taking Russian classes here in Almaty. The other day, my teacher said I need to know the word tablecloth. While I would argue that it is not a word I will often use, I did already know it. Why? Because it was mentioned in one of the songs as a metaphor for time continuing and moving on. So, I started to sing the song. My teacher was beside herself that I knew a song from Cheburashka.
You see, the song is from a classic soviet cartoon whose main characters are a crocodile named Gena, a little old lady, a little girl and an unknown animal named Cheburashka. (or maybe that is the type of animal he is– but he is not found in any dictionary).
At the time, S and I went on youtube and literally watched hours of the cartoon– of course neither of us had enough Russian to follow the dialog. We went back to look for it today and again were mesmerized. We decided we need to get a DVD of the cartoon so that one day, when we have kids, they can fall in love with this adorable classic as well.
Here is a short clip– with English subtitles for all the non-Russian speaking readers (meaning everyone except Maria, Marina, Alexey, Aizhana, and my other Almaty friends who read this). It really is adorable.