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The closest person to a brother (I called him just that) was my male cousin, who was 10 years older than me.

His father was a very tall and almost excessively masculine Greek guy, who was killed in a restaurant knife fight when my cousin was a young boy. His stepfather was a calmer Jewish guy, whom he never really accepted as a father figure. 

Growing up, my cousin was not interested in academic achievements, belonged to a privileged bad-boys crowd both in school and college, but liked to build model military boats. His mom, my aunt, made good money, so he had awesome clothes and the newest gadgets. 

He had such a huge sex appeal that girls would not leave him along since his teens. Never again I had witnessed as an insider such a mass interest by young females to a guy: from giggling and crying on the phone to almost stocking and offering all possible favors. These early experiences gave him an impression that most girls were sluts, so he made a point to marry a beautiful virgin. His wedding was enormous. After they had a daughter, his wife left him, taking their 4-year old girl with her to Italy.

After becoming first successful and then disastrous entrepreneur, my handsome cousin drunk himself to death in his early forties. On his way down, he brought lots of grief to his mom and our grandmother, who probably overcompensated in accommodating him. They were also partially ruined financially, paying his dangerous debts. Even my mom overused her resources to bail him out of trouble with semi-criminal businesses when, for instance, he lost a wagon with goods or crashed his car. She was also the one who tried to keep him alive in the end. Technically, he died from a flu.

About my male cousin on the mother's side.

Memorable cards and notes designed for special people: meaningful symbols, expressions, and poetry can be sketched into a unique composition and rendered in archival pigments on textured cotton paper.

This is a way to express your message in form of a miniature artwork, created to be kept for a long time if desired.

Custom design of artistic personal messages.
Valentine day, greeting card, heart, calligraphic drawing

Services and products offered by Lena Nechet, in California and worldwide.

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Fine art services by Lena Nechet, custom artwork, art lessons in San Diego and Orange Counties, Southern California.

Order custom artwork by requesting the creation of unique art pieces: paintings, drawings, and hand-made illustration.

Fine art lessons and consultations, theory and technique classes

Art practice events: technique workshops, media practice classes, model and outdoors art sessions, fun art parties, photography and videography practical application: camerawork and editing.

Tutorials - specific knowledge, explanations, workflow, methods, sets of instructions for special tasks, problem solving lessons, demonstrations of a process using examples.

Media production services and products by Lena Nechet in Orange County, CA and worldwide: videography, hybrid  photography, websites, vector graphics, logos.

Photographic services in Southern California: portraits, promotional photography, event photography.

Videography services - promotional short film, video promotion - product demonstration, property presentation, interviews, testimonials, story based advertisement, events (special occasions, meetings, parties).

  • Artistic logotype design,
  • Images optimized for web,
  • Vector graphics.
  • Interactive responsive website development,
  • Online public image management,
  • Web presence consulting.

Language lessons, interpreting and translation - German, English, Russian, Ukrainian.

  • German language services - lessons, translation, and interpreting.
  • Deutschsprachige dienstleistungen - Deutschunterricht, Übersetzung und Dolmetschen.

Student Access

Course materials in this section of the site become available to my registered students as they move up from lesson to lesson.

  1. If you are already my client, please create an account, so I can assign you to the right level, and you can get the access to the files.
  2. Log in and download the audio and text files to practice after first hours of our German lessons. Sections with the links will appear in this section gradually, as soon as you reach the next level or after we have practiced certain exercises.

Types of Files

After logging in, you will find:

  • audio recordings of German speech
  • with the matching text files ( usually .pdf),
  • images with grammar visualization, tables, etc.
  • some video containing speech in German,
  • recordings for the background listening,
  • and instructions on how to get the best value from them.

Citations, interesting sentences, and educational texts in German.

Best internet resources for students of German language.

These are the trusted sources for high quality German language texts and speech. I strongly recommend using German materials only from credible institutions in the beginning.

  • English language services - lessons, translation, and interpreting.
  • Englische Sprachdienste - Unterricht, Übersetzung und Dolmetschen.
  • Услуги по английскому языку - консультации, уроки и перевод.
  • Ukrainian language services, Ukrainian-English interpreting
  • Послуги української мови, українсько-англійський переклад
  • Russian Language services - lessons, translation, and interpreting.
  • Услуги русского языка - уроки и перевод.

Web log by Lena Nechet - writings, vlog, and other publications.

Published articles and other pieces of writing

Thoughts, ideas, and observations by Lena Nechet.

Pieces of writing by Lena Nechet that present her arguments, formal (some official submissions and course work) and informal.

Favorite resources, ideas, creations, and other pieces of information, which could be interesting for you too.

Expressions full of meaning or beauty - a personal selection of quotes.

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Books I read, my favorites, literature, prose and poetry, e-books and audio-books.

Impressive acts by significant people.

Favorite or simply very interesting concepts, thoughts, ideas, understandings, notions, opinions, views, believes, intentions, ideals.

Favorite musical compositions and music videos.

My main news sources, primarily from Europe and USA.

Video web log with Lena.

Brand LTalks™ was initially dedicated by Lena Nechet for video communication: vlogs and talks, soon it will be also used for products.

About Lena Nechet, and the brand LTalks.

Testimonials about me by people I respect and value, with references.

I am deeply thankful to each person here for taking the time to write these words.

Contact options on, ways to establish direct communication.

Social networks, communities, groups, events, profiles, memberships, social media, connections, subscriptions.

I am not very active on social media, but I try to check on my profiles every one or two weeks.

About Lena Nechet - general and professional information.

General personal information about Lena Nechet.

Journal - periodically published records of personal experiences and observations - web log - by Lena Nechet.

Short records, facts, events, and summaries of my life.

I cannot tell you everything that's important because I need to guard other people's privacy, avoid unnecessary blissful or dreadful details, and keep the stories short.

As an artist, I want to be sincere and open in my self-presentation. Being mysterious could probably be more attractive, but I want you to understand my art better by knowing how I see myself and the world, and what influenced me.

Also, my students are often very open with me, they invite me in their homes and mention personal matters. To match that friendliness, and to make it easier for you to decide whether you want to deal with me.

My friends can pick here one or another fun fact about me as well, if I have not joked about it already.

Family, birthplace, circumstances.

Early years of life (0 - 11).

Growing up, onset of puberty, early youth (10 - 24).

Maturity, independence, grown up years (25 - present +).

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