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Learning English can be a painfully slow undertaking

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March 15, 2012, 8:50 p.m. | Ukraine — by Svitlana Tuchynska

English teacher Tetyana Filipovych supervises the class of road police officers in National Police Academy in Kyiv.
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Svitlana Tuchynska

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Yuliya Popova March 16, 2012, 7:05 p.m.    

Sveta, I love this story. It has made my morning! It reinforces some stereotypes that policemen in Ukraine are dumb while also makes them look like humans. When you are after 30, it's hard to learn a foreign language. Imagine your parents doing it..

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Mykhayl March 19, 2012, 4:27 p.m.    

They say you can't achieve (think in) a language after age 12 only &quot;learn&quot; to react to orders. This might be a statement on understanding the mindset rather than the language.

Poor dumb cops. What are they doing for teaching them to understand the selfassured democratic raised? The culture shock will not be that Ukrainian tourists know more about Ukraine than the Ukrainians but that they are the icons of true communism. Everyone is equally respected to contribute to society for a just wage. Academia protects academia and English is not the local schools' second language? The best investigating reporting was not their use of 'books' but 'devices'. The best teacher is experience. We do good with what we do a lot.

The foreign Xoxol will not surrender to 'Gogol's Overcoat&quot;.

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