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Sochi learns English ahead of Olympic Games

April 16, 2012, 18:21 UTC+3

A “Word of the Day” project kicked off in Sochi, southern Russia, on Monday

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SOCHI, April 16 (Itar-Tass) — A “Word of the Day” project kicked off in Sochi, southern Russia, on Monday. First informative banners with a phrase “Welcome to Sochi” have appeared at cultural institutions, polyclinics and hospitals of the capital of the 2014 Olympic Games, the project’s organizers told Itar-Tass on Monday.

Sochi residents will be offered to remember 662 English words and phrases.

“The project is designed to help people to start speaking English and learn basic phrases necessary for everyday communication,” Olga Medvedeva, the head of the city administration’s education department, said.

“The Word of the Day” program will run in public transport two times an hour every day. Local television companies and city newspapers have also joined a campaign of teaching English in an accessible and graphic manner.

The city authorities believe that unobtrusive methods of teaching English will be a good appendage to short-term language courses that have opened for everybody at Sochi schools.

However, language is not the only concern of the 2014 Olympic Games organizers.

A new water intake reservoir will be built in Sochi this autumn to supply water to the infrastructure and sport facilities in the Olympic Park. The structure will appear near Gumariya village on the left bank of the border River Psou.

A source at the Krasnodar territory department supervising preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games told Itar-Tass that nine water wells out of the designed 17 had already been equipped.

The intake’s daily capacity will be 37,000 cubic meters of water. Builders are erecting pavilions over the wells. They look like summer cottages from a distance and don’t spoil the general landscape.

Powerful constructions and a dam will separate the intake from the rough Psou. The reservoir will be encircled by a permanent fence later on.

Another two reservoirs for clear water are being built down the river. Their total capacity is 10,000 cubic meters of water.

Three additional water supply reservoirs will be built in the Adler district for the Sochi games. They will provide 44,000 cubic meters of water on a daily basis. A water intake in the mountain village of Krasnaya Polyana has already begun operation. The construction of another reservoir is nearing completion on the River Beshenka.

New water intake installations will supply safe and good-quality water to the participants and guests of the Olympic Games.

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