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24.07.04á10:21
SPEAK RUSSIAN
TURKMEN SCHOOL CHILDREN ASTONISHED EVERYBODY WITH THEIR GOOD RUSSIAN AND KNOWLEDGE OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND HISTORY

The Russian capital has again arranged a three-week summer holiday for 320 children from the CIS and Baltic states, Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia and Montenegro in a camp "with linguistic orientation". Young visitors will heartily learn Russian every day under the supervision of teachers-linguists. Talking to children of their age will help them "polish" in practice "the great and powerful" language. By the way, boys and girls paid only travel expenses to Moscow and the government of the city covers their catering, study, entertainment programs and sightseeing.

Liana Roosmaa that I have met at the summer school opening is the most advanced learner in an Estonian group: she speaks Russian fluently, using such expressions as "cool", "party" and "cool guy". This is a result of last year's communication experience with her-age children in "Moscowiya" camp. The rest of children still have a problem with finding proper words in a foreign language. Only with the help of a teacher accompanying the group I could understand that a girl called Annuus Tuuli wearing spectacles wanted to participate in the archeological excavations of a Scythian barrow. A good-looking boy, Yanus Reebe, who has proudly introduced himself as a senior in an Estonian gymnasium, confessed: "Russian language is my love!" The guy was the only one in Tallinn this year to choose Russian as foreign language and to receive high grades at examinations: 18 points out of 20 possible.

A leader of the Estonian group, Lee Seem, shared with me her observations: "Political games of grown-ups are of no interest to a new generation of children. They are much more interested in friendship with children of their age from other countries. By the way, Lee has already been to Archangelsk and St Petersburg this year.

Turkmen school children have astonished everybody with their good Russian and knowledge of Russian literature and history. As it appeared, all of them were the pupils of the Turkmen-Russian school after A.S. Pushkin established at the initiative of presidents Vladimir Putin and Saparmurat Niyazov.

The groups in "Moscowiya" camp are mixed - by one representative from the CIS and Baltic states as well as Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro and Italy. Each group necessarily has two Moscow school children acting not only as organizers but also as interpreters from bad to good Russian.

Marina MATSKYAVICHENE

"Trud", 23.07.2004

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