Learning How To Speak Russian

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Rich Hammond is going to help us learn Russian

A few months ago we discovered a gentleman by the name of Rich Hammond who is an ex-British army man who worked as a translator on the trains travelling across Russia up until about 12 years ago.

We had agreed to meet up months ago but what with one thing and another it never happened until today. Rich arrived out of the blue this morning. It was great to meet him. He had lots of information for us which was fascinating to hear. He is going to help me learn Russian. I've been trying very hard with the language for the past couple of months using CD's. However I'm sure lots of my pronunciations need working on. In fact, if a Russian heard me speak their language then I don't think they would understand a word that came out of my mouth. As an example, I thought the Russian word for train was pronounced as "voyust" but it turns out it is "poyust". I didn't discover this for several weeks after I began learning the language from the CD. And it is one of the main words we will need to know on our train adventures.

But now, with Rich on the scene, my language learning abilities will sky-rocket (I hope).

Rich will contact us again shortly and will bring around some gear to help us learn.

Added later: Sadly Rich never returned.

 

Next page - Booking our tickets to Russia

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Our trip in the order it happened:

 


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