Headed to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics? Make sure to pack the following:
* Thermal underwear
* A few granola bars
* Your own Russian interpreter
Travelers tend to believe that everyone in the world speaks English, and that they'll get by just fine wherever they go. In Europe, that's certainly true. But if you're going to the Sochi Olympics, don't kid yourself: Russia isn't Europe. Russian schools don't do a very good job of teaching English, with the result being that very few Russians speak English with any proficiency. Regarding the few Russians who do speak English well, you can be sure that they've long been assigned to all the VIPs who'll be attending the Olympics. And with Sochi expecting over 500,000 visitors, 10,000 journalists plus thousands more athletes and trainers, your access to the few remaining translators will be limited or non-existant. What's an Olympic visitor to do?
The good news is that you can easily learn Russian for Sochi. The online Russian language course, Russian Accelerator, has just announced its $97 discount for anyone attending the Sochi Winter Games. Says President and course creator Mark Thomson, "At Russian Accelerator, we're experts in fast, efficient language training. If you get started today, you'll be able to comfortably communicate in Russian well in time for the Olympics."
Such accelerated learning is made possible through Russian Accelerator's use of advanced language learning techniques. "We use simple but highly effective speed learning techniques in the course," Mr. Thomson added. "In the past few years, science has given us a new understanding of how humans acquire language. In Russian Accelerator we apply that knowledge." The result is that now a layperson can learn to speak and understand Russian in just twenty minutes per day, a few days per week.
Though the course isn't free, it will nevertheless certainly pay for itself during your trip. After all, which Sochi taxi drivers and shop owners will charge more: Those who speak English and can cater to wealthy westerners? Or those who speak only Russian and deal with low-income Russian locals? Learn Russian for your trip to Sochi, and you'll be the one getting the best deals in town.
But the benefits of learning some Russian for your trip extend beyond the pocketbook. Imagine being able to strike up a conversation with the Russian person sitting next to you in the stands, or making friends with locals at one of the dozens of bars and cafes in downtown Sochi. When you speak with them you'll find that Russians are a friendly, fun-loving and sociable bunch. Even just knowing a few words of Russian will get you access to a new circle of Russian friends. So, learn to speak Russian for your trip to Sochi and leave your translator at home.
Visit the Russian Accelerator web site to learn more about the Learn Russian For Sochi Olympics 2014 Campaign.