As a side note: I took Russian for two years in high school, and loved it. I used to be able to read Cyrillic easily, and I was able to understand the Russian dialog in the marvelous movie The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming without reading the captions (though that likely owes more to the grade-school Russian in the movie, than my translation skillz). Unfortunately, most of that ability is gone now.
P.S. Rent The Russians are Coming- it holds up extremely well (except for the hokey love story- and maybe I'd like to brain the bratty kid, but that's just me), and I am amazed that it found an audience at all during those tense years. It not only has something important to say to us about hysteria, it's laugh-out-loud funny.