" as opposed to getting their arses handed to them). "
Every army that goes into Afghanistan gets their arses handed to them
OK, I see the point you're making
You Sir are besmirching the name of the parish priest who wrote this song,That song lied then!
Might be more instructive to ask if Russians tolerate people in Poland not speaking Russian.Hm Tricky one that. How do Russians feels about people in Russia not speaking Russian. I do obviously think there's an element of bad manners in certain circumstances but I'm sure there are those everywhere who take on the nuance and feel irritated. How does one say God save Putin?
Might be more instructive to ask if Russians tolerate people in
- New Jersey
not speaking Russian.
It depends on situation.
Tourists as a rule don't speak Russian and people try to help them as much as possible. I myself was is such a situation many times.
Russian citizens (even not ethnically Russian) with rare exceptions speak Russian. Sometimes they know Russian language better than their own native one.
Migrants try to learn Russian as soon as possible. Because without basic knowledge in Russian it is impossible to find good job.
Next door flat is hired by a lad from Afghanistan. Now his Russian is on a very good level. It's business, nothing personal.
Generally there are no direct demands to speak only Russian even public places. But migrants just to survive, to get good job have to learn Russian. Many their children are Russian speaking and teach their parents.
The situation is simplified because there are no dialects in Russian.
Well that's nonsense on two levels:If people live in Britain they should speak English. I went to Wales once and they were all speaking llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
The Great Victorian adventurer and war hero - Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC states in his memoirs (edited by George McDonald Fraser) that the best way to learn the local language in the places that he served. was to take a local filly as a mistress and you picked up the local lingo while you were tupping her silly.This is what I have been led to believe. In England, however, you can travel 20 miles down the road and hear an entirely different dialect being spoken and that is the same throughout England for those native speaking English.
The UK has generally been a welcoming place for foreigners who wish to come here and settle but it is only good manners that those who do so make some attempt to learn a basic amount of English (that includes Americans ). I am also of the opinion that native English speakers should attempt to learn some small amount of the language of the country they live in if they decide to settle abroad.
The problem we have is that there are so many languages for us to choose from and I think it is generally considered that English is a world language and a language of international trade so the chances are we are going to bump into a foreigner who already speaks our language. Which foreign language should we choose to learn?
I know there are a few ARRSErs that speak other languages and some people have a talent for it that means they can pick up languages quite easily. I can't. I understand that Dutch is one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn but I very recently started to learn Russian. Russian, being one of the more difficult foreign languages, I'm finding it slow going but also interesting all the same. Perhaps in about 4 or 5 years, if I manage to keep it up, I'll achieve some semblance of semi-fluency.
Other than the KGB collective, are there any other ARRSErs that speak Russian?