How to Speak Russian While Working as an English Teacher

When I decided to work as an EFL teacher, my previous research made me aware that it wasn’t the best job to improve my own foreign language skills. But my desire to live in Russia (an experience that is guaranteed to improve language skills) was enough to override this fact. So it always comes as a surprise at just how many opportunities there are to speak Russian even though I’m working primarily in English. Today the mother of one of my students came up to me and spoke to me about her child. We spoke in Russian and completely understood each other. It was great! And it just goes to show that there can be some great opportunities in the most unexpected places.

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