British singer Sarah Brightman says she starts understanding Russian

British singer Sarah Brightman who is undergoing training near Moscow ahead of a September ten-day space journey said on Thursday she had started understanding the Russian language.

British singer Sarah Brightman who is undergoing training near Moscow ahead of a September ten-day space journey said on Thursday she had started understanding the Russian language.

"I’m starting to get an understanding of the Russian language," Brightman said in an interview with TASS.

The singer said she had to learn many specific space acronyms, which were "taking precedence over normal conversation with people."

"But I am sure by the time my training is over I will be much freer in this area and have a good basic knowledge," she said.

The singer earlier said the music by great Russian composer Sergey Rachmaninoff helped her learn Russian, which is included in her pre-flight programme.

Brightman said she had been learning Russian for two months only and expressed hope her skills would improve by September.

When the singer reaches the ISS, she will become the eighth space tourist in the world paying around $52 million for the journey.

Brightman wants her space song to carry beautiful message

Brightman said she wants to perform a simple song with a beautiful message from the International Space Station (ISS).

"I do understand there are complexities to this. I am working with various people at the moment," Brightman said in an interview with TASS. "We are working on something that’s very simple and has a beautiful message."

"And I hope we can achieve what we promise," she added without disclosing the name of the song she was planning to sing.

Brightman said earlier she was trying to find "a song that suits the idea of space."

The Phantom of the Opera star also said she has not yet selected a mascot that she would take on board the ISS.

"I am thinking about what that may be. I have a few months to find something that is special enought to take as a lucky mascot," the singer said.

No fear of pre-flight training difficulties

The singer said she is not afraid of difficulties of the pre-flight training.

"I have been in the centrifuge and I’ve been taken up to 8g. G forces are not unusual to me because when I was younger I did some Harrier jump jet training," Brightman told TASS correspondents.

"I am not concerned or scared in any way because the people that I am working with, the professors in Star City, all the cosmonauts, astronauts - they all have families, they have children, they have loved ones. They are doing what they do and they love it and they have a passion for it. And that in itself makes me feel very safe. I am working with extremely experienced people," she said.

Brightman acknowledged that that she faces some difficulties when adjusting to the Soyuz spacecraft.

"But what is making me understand as a human being that I am capable of many things (all of us are) and if we are given the right training we are all capable of things that we couldn’t believe that we are," the singer said.

"So for me this is an incredibly positive journey, and I am passing my tests, and I seem to be passing them very well and everybody seems to be very pleased with my progress," she added.

Brightman's flight is scheduled for September 1-11, 2015. She will be accompanied by Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen.

When the singer reaches the ISS, she will become the eighth space tourist in the world paying around $52 million for the journey.

First published by TASS.

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