Okay, if I'm remembering this correctly, this was the quarter that Ralitsa began teaching our course. I remember talking with Peter after my oral exam and having him tell me he wouldn't be with us anymore. I was slightly devistated, but he assured me that Ralitsa was great... and she was great. But, I do remember feeling like the work load was pretty heavy when she first started teaching us. I guess I had been used to Peter being so laid back. I guess I sort of fought it for a while too, but then realized the value of having homework everyday and managed to fit it into my schedule.
I remember the first day Ralitsa came into class. She was so young and small that I thought maybe she was a new student. Then she asked us if this was the right class and got right up front and started teaching. It surprised me, but also encouraged me. Maybe I would teach one day.
Another thing I noticed pretty immediately too was that Ralitsa had glides in her speech... namely the 'w' sound. This triggered something in my head telling me that she was not a Swedish Swede. Her accent was smoother in that respect (Since Swedes replace their 'w's with 'v's) and I thought it was pretty sweet. This encouraged me too, because obviously I'm not a Swedish Swede.