So on Fridays, we always talk about what was discussed (or not) in area studies. Suffice it to say, I now have the phrase for useless.
But since the first part of yesterday's class was useful (at least to those headed to Ukraine), our teacher asked us to talk about what was said in that part of area studies.
I told her about how he had talked about problems with the environment. One of the problems I mentioned was that there was a lot of rural development without much thought given to HOW the development was done, and there are lots of tourists going to those areas.
She asked why tourists were a problem.
I wanted to say that part of the problem was pollution. But we don't have that word. I don't even know the word for air.
But I today I was making a real effort not to ask for things in English.
So I said it was like bad things in the sky.
Struggle, struggle...ah...like bad things in the sky...from factories!
And she understood...and gave us the word for pollution.
I was very pleased with myself (stop laughing).
It is all about the little victories.