Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said during an interview with U.S. talk show host Larry King that he was working to improve his English and even learned some songs with his teacher.
When King asked Putin if he was ready to deliver a public speech in English, the premier said, "My English is very bad. And I'd better be precise and make no mistakes in the conversation with you. My teacher and I are now learning different English songs and trying to sing and this is not even a lesson but a kind of a game."
Putin said he would try to speak English with King when the latter came to Moscow.
"Of course, I understand a lot. Anyway, it gives me a chance to communicate with colleagues without an interpreter in an informal atmosphere," Putin said.
Putin spoke English during the presentation of the city of Sochi's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics during a session of the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala City in 2007 and during a CNN interview two years ago.
MOSCOW, December 2 (RIA Novosti)