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09-04-2011, 01:28 PM
Lost Horizons
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Originally Posted by Artemis View Post
Do you think he and his wife spent a year in Rhode Island and made no attempt to learn English?

It's a lot easier to learn when you're immersed in it, but I have a feeling Yury will keep working at it. He did before he came to the U.S., or else he's a very good actor, because I saw him listening to his coaches intently and at least attempting to converse with his teammates at development camp last year.
Listening and understanding are two different things. He spoke almost no English before he got here and Cassidy has said it made it hard to explain things . Because he was with his wife I have a feeling he didn't pick up as much English as you might think. If he were just with his teammates or had an English speaking roommate he would have been force to speak English full time therefore learning it faster but he was with his wife which most likely means he spoke Russian at home which would have only stunted him learning the language.

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