An aspiring polyglot, learning Russian is a goal of mine that I have long desired to fulfill. After completing my Russian Foreigner class with GLN this spring, I came away with more than than new Russian vocabulary and grammar. Through interactions with my teachers and classmates, I also developed a stronger appreciation of Russian culture. Because many of the class participants had already studied some Russian, traveled or lived in a Russian-speaking country, or had a Russian acquaintance, I was able to draw upon a wealth of diverse experiences to get the most out of my time in the classroom. Whether we were discussing Russian proverbs, holiday traditions or food recipes, there was often someone with a personal story to tell.