Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE LANGUAGE BARRIER AT THE SOCHI WINTER GAMES IS COMING DOWN

A RUSSIAN TRANSLATOR HIRED BY CHANNEL 1 NEWS'S DAVE TAYLOR HAS ALLOWED TAYLOR TO OPEN DOORS AND GO WHERE NO NEWSMAN HAS GONE BEFORE.  

SOCHI, RUSSIA

Five days ago Dave Taylor stood on a street corner fifteen miles from his desired destination after asking a local resident  for directions.  Somehow the true directions were lost in translation, sending Taylor and his team into an unsafe section of the city.  As fate would have it however, it was in a small drinking establishment in this part of the city that Taylor met Bjorn Turok, an out of work English teacher and translator.  Turok recognized Taylor from old CHANNEL 1 NEWS stories he had used to teach English to his students and came up and introduced himself.  A friendship was made and Turok became the official translator for Dave Taylor.

Young Russian translator Bjorn Turok and
Dave Taylor understand each other.

Turok, 36, and his wife Lova, allowed Taylor and his team to spend the night in their small apartment above the bar. The next morning they all were on their way back to Taylor's hotel suite at the Королевский гусиного яйца.  Upon arrival, Turok translated the hotel's name for Taylor who immediately laughed out loud.  "It gives new meaning to getting laid!"  Taylor said looking up at the hotel name on the building and then quickly added, "Don't print that."

On Tuesday Taylor and his translator were back inside the Olympic village where athletes from around the world were keeping themselves preoccupied from the constant security alerts,  by holding  a blind taste test contest.  When Taylor arrived, two Japanese athletes were blindfolded and being fed chicken.  After both had tasted the white chicken meat, they were asked to give their answer.  They answered simultaneously, "Dat taste jus like flog legs!"  The two would not believe it wasn't frog legs until the chicken was brought out for another taste.
Dave Taylor won a blue ribbon at
the Olympic Taste Testing contest.
Taylor and is team entered this contest which went on for hours, ending with different liquors being tasted instead of  food.  Taylor and his team were back in their rooms before dawn after winning two red and a blue ribbon.

Dave Taylor will be sending more reports from Sochi, keeping everyone on top of the news.

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