I did a lot of research prior to my trip to Paris several years ago, and the overwhelming theme was that the French would treat you a lot better if you made an attempt to speak their language. Having spent time living in Puerto Rico, I observed that everyone there spoke both Spanish and English. I know that fluency in English—or some other second language—is common throughout the world, so knowing that the command of a second language is not the norm in the United States is embarrassing.
While Spanish is spoken as a second language more frequently than any other language in this country, I would like to suggest that now is the time for our citizens to consider learning to speak Russian—just in case we become a Russian colony or you want to boost your resume for employment in the Intelligence job market.
Thanks to my father, I already got a head start as a child. Sadly, I know just a few words and phrases, but I am certain that what I learned as a little girl places me at a distinct advantage over most Americans. I would like to share what I learned so many years ago.
- Hello Zdrvstvuyte (zdrah-stvooy-tyeh)
- Good Night Spokoynoy nochi (Spah-koy-nay-noh-chee)
- Goodbye Do Svidanya (Do-svi-don-ya)
- I love you Ya lyublyu tebya (Ya loo-bloo te-bya)
- I want to eat Ya khochu kushat (Ya-ha-choo-koo-shat)
- Tea Chai
- Milk Moloko (Mol-uh-kaw)
- I want to go for a walk Ya khachu gulyat (Ya-ha-choo-gool-yat)
- Good khorosho (hah-rah-shoh)
- Thank you Spasibo (Spa-see-bah)
- Yes Da
- No Nyet
So once you learn these few words and phrases, which will become useful if we become a Putin colony or you decide to seek employment in the espionage world, you know enough to survive. You can won’t be dehydrated because you can ask for milk and tea. You can ask express your desire for food (Ya khochu kushat), and then give that meal a positive review (khorosho). You can go outside for some fresh air (Ya khachu gulyat), participate in a meet and greet (Zdrvstvuyte/do Svidanya), and express your feelings to your true love (Ya lyublyu tebya) before kissing them Spokoynoy nochi.
It’s just the beginning, but with a little work, you are all set. Thanks Dad.