Foreign Exchange Friday: 2014 Winter Olympics

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be televised tonight.  The ceremonies are a great way to bring some cultural awareness to your home, as the hosting country (this year, Russia) will typically inject some of their own culture and traditions into the show.  Are you currently a host family?  Cheer on the home country of your exchange student!  Many of our EF High School Year countries compete.

Here are some fun facts about the 2014 Olympics:

  • This is the first Winter Olympics to be held in Russia.
  • Sochi is the warmest city to have served as host to the Winter Olympics.
  • 12 new events will be debuting at this year’s games.
  • 88 countries will compete in the games.
  • The 2014 games are the most expensive in Olympic history.

Want a fun activity to do with your kids during tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, try this Scavenger Hunt from Kid World Citizen.

I’m also proud to point out that EF is the Official Supplier of Language Training Services at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.  Our language partners trained about 70,000 athletes, volunteers and judges for the games.  If you’ve seen any arrival pictures, you may have seen the pink EF logo on the luggage carts.

Tune in tonight at 7:30 ET to watch the Opening Ceremonies!


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A Taste of Russia:  Perogies, salad Olivier, herring, caviar and borscht (


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