No, but quite soon i was having to impress with my knowledge of the great figures of Russian history, Ivan the Terrible, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Nevsky
My Russian is almost entirely film titles- even that at least helped make a connection when meeting a Russian woman with hardly any English not long back. She was surprised when i mimed Zerkalo and pointed to Zemlya etc
Keep up the good work on Tarkovsky. He has a big following here- i've been surprised that one of my 2 Tarkovsky lists is the most popular i've done.