We did quite a lot of subjects at school. They were: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Russian, English, Literature and others.
Every teacher asked for equal and adequate attention to his subject and it was not an easy work to do. I knew that all the subjects were important, but still I was always indifferent to exact sciences.
Since my childhood I have been fond of reading. My favourite subjects were Literature and languages.
When I started studying English, the first thing I got interested in, was the different way to express one and the same idea in English and Russian.
I wondered why if an Englishman is upset or gloomy he does not say: "I have a bad mood" like Russians do but says: "I feel blue".
There is an infinite number of such things in any language. I read English books, tried to translate some articles from "Moscow News".
Very often I borrowed English books from our school library. I spend a lot of time studding Grammar and doing exercises.
At our English lessons we read quite a lot, but didn't talk much. So me and my friends decided to speak English among us.
Very often I spoke English with my friends on the way home after classes.