You’d think that a medical degree from Cambridge would be enough schooling for anyone. But, love-struck Stuart Oliver is returning to the classroom to learn Russian for his Ukrainian bride, Marina. After a whirlwind romance that involved dates in Ukraine, his home country of Britain and Egypt, the couple have decided to wed. But, he wants to accomplish one thing first: learning to speak his bride’s native language.
Twenty-five-year-old Marina comes from a small town near the Russian border where Russian is the dominant language. Although she is fluent in English, Stuart wants to learn her language, as well. He feels that, if he can speak Russian, it will be easier for him to converse with her friends and family. Marina also has a 10-year-old son who is learning English from a private tutor.
Although Stuart’s career as a research physician is demanding, he has returned to the classroom at the University of Manchester to study Russian. His goal is to be able to have basic conversations with his bride in her native tongue. Stuart says that languages have always been difficult for him, but, he feels that, with discipline, he'll be able to pick some Russian up.
“It’s strange doing my homework again after all these years but I just have to buckle down to it,” Stuart told British paper The Examiner. “It’s not easy but I’m sure it will be worth the effort.”
You don’t need to go to school to learn a bit of Russian. Each week, we teach new Russian phrases here on the Russian Love Match blog.