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Ahead of games, Sochi tries to learn English

from The Moscow Times

Russia: Everybody speaks English in Sochi these days. Or, rather, they speak enough of the language to claim that they speak it, quickly admitting, however, that they know "very little." This polite if unhelpful reply is typical when you try to talk to taxi and bus drivers, flower vendors, cashiers, ordinary citizens and the numerous guest workers who came to build what is meant to be one of the most impressive Olympic Games in history. As part of the strategy to make the environment tourist-friendly, Sochi has embarked on a race to make English the city's second language. more


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