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The problem with discussing interesting topics in Russian class --…
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The problem with discussing interesting topics in Russian class -- well, more interesting than "How do you get to school each day?" -- is that you find out that your classmates hold disagreeable opinions (cf. the gun control argument a while back) or don't know as much as you'd have expected.
Case in point: Today we tried our hands at explaining how global warming/the greenhouse effect and the destruction of the ozone layer work. I'm the worst Russian speaker in the class, yet I best explained the process of the greenhouse effect. Shouldn't college students in Berkeley know the process of the greenhouse effect?