Drawing: Kseniya Bulavko, AFM talented fencing mom!
If you have been in fencing for more than 10 minutes, then you’ve probably noticed that it is dominated by Russian speaking coaches who came from the big old Soviet Union and who share many similar traits and habits. Generally speaking, all Russian fencing coaches speak pretty much the same.
What did he say?
Have you ever wondered what your Russian coach means when they say something to you in English? Then you’ve come to the right place.
You can praise yourself for learning to adapt to the heavy accent by mastering the skill of super fast, simultaneous mental transcribing of phonetic pronunciations of each word along with mental spelling and then saying it (in your mind) correctly. Yet, you find yourself again and again clueless as to what your coach just said you in “plain English!” And heaven help you if you show your fencing coach that you have no clue what he wants! Fear no more!
AFM Comprehensive English-to-English guide to Russian
will save you in your times of need!