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Do many locals speak English?

Newcastle upon...
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Do many locals speak English?

Hi

ive visited minsk and kiev and i am now thinking about trying tbilisi.

i would like to know if many people speak english there?

i found alot of people did in kiev but not so many in minsk.

thanks alot guys.

Batumi, Georgia
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1. Re: Do many locals speak English?

Although English is spoken in most major places (hotels etc) many of the smaller places do not. However, please don't let that put you off. Tbilisi this time of the year is very pleasant and if you get a chance to visit Batumi and Kobuleti on the Black Sea I've no doubt you will come back year after year.

I see you are from England. Are you there now and what part do you come from. I'm a Hampshire Hog myself.

C_B

Dublin,
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2. Re: Do many locals speak English?

Hi

I was in Tbilisi in march 06 visiting a friend for ten days and I have to say its an amazing place.The people are lovely and some do speak english. I suppose I was lucky I was with an Irish mate and his Georgian friends so I was driven all over the place including Gauadri which is a ski resort.Although I dont ski we went up to the top on the ski lift and at about 12,000 high its the most amazing view in the world. The old building in the city are stunning but the new ish russian ones are ugly but somehow interesting. Disco in Marriott on fri or sat can, shall I say be an interesting experience to say the least. Big russian communications tower on the hill (think its now used for tv and mobile) is right out of a spy movie. On the way up there, there is a stretch of road and when you stop the car on the downward slope take the car out of gear and release the brakes the car goes backwards up the hill...... wierd! Gold market is good fun and seems cheap, also seems to be ligit. They have an old part to Tbilisi which has now been revamped and has some nice restaurants inc chinese.. cheap too. An Irish bar with no Irish and another bar called the Hanger Bar with an American lady running it. Lots of guys in black leather jackets looking shifty but after a day or two I discovered I wasnt at a mafia convention its just the way they are, posturing but not doing any harm. Cops drive aroung with their lights flashing all the time like something is happening but there isnt. Luftansa fly from Munich and I didnt need a visa being an EU citizen. Think Air Turkey fly there too via Istanbul.

Knowing your not in the eu is part of the charm so go see...Wine is good and the food good too. Dont bother with the casino. There are three old churches of different denomations within metres of each other in Tbilisi and everyone gets on with it without any trouble... maybe we could learn something from the Georgians.

They have a street there on the way from the Airport called George W Bush street but none called Putin street. Strange !!!!

Enjoy

Dublin,
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3. Re: Do many locals speak English?

Hi again

I stayed in the HOTEL PRIMAVERA which is just off the main street. About 100 us a night, it was ok, a bit 70's,big room tv bathroom,but nothing to write home about.. Marriott was over 200 which I thought was taking the pi** a bit.

http://www.georgica.caucasus.net/hotels.htm

Newcastle upon...
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4. Re: Do many locals speak English?

miyar

thanks very much for that info.

Glasgow, United...
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5. Re: Do many locals speak English?

We are coming to Tbilisi in October for a week for the football. We originally booked the Primavera, but subsequently changed to the Courtyard. Got a great rate via Expedia.

Cant wait. Looks like such a fantastic place.

Tbilisi
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6. Re: Do many locals speak English?

In tbilisi people (mainly young generation) speak English, In small towns and villages Russian is spoken but not english.

If you are going to Tbilisi and you will be looking for a guide (students who charge little ) you can email igoder@hotmail.co.uk

This lady helped my friends finding a guide. also she lets her house which is a very nice 2 storey house in tbilisi centre and is much cheaper than any hotels.

I think my friends paid $30 a day, for the whole house.

you can also get a small dictionary on the main street (Rustaveli) and take it with you if you go anywhere else than Tbilisi, as you will have a need for it:)

all the best.

mina

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