This post is about a curious girl from Russia named Marina Orlova who has a website called hot for words. Despite some bias comments in this blog post about her I would give Marina and her blog and Youtube channel HotforWords two thumbs up. I think she promotes languages and gets people into language learning, I like it and her for her love of languages.
Who is Marina Orlova
Marina Orlova is a Russian girl who studied languages and English in Russia. She has a master’s degree and getting her PhD in the US she is 28, born December 10th 1980.
I respect this girl’s love for languages. I particularly love her etymological interests. This is one of my passions also.
What makes her so special? Nothing. She is in my opinion a normal looking (maybe below average) Russian girl. She is not that pretty in fact. I am an American living in Eastern Europe and all the girls look like that, well most of them. And even if not, what does it matter. Every girl no matter what she looks like is beautiful and a princess. I truly believe this. The difference is with Marina Orlova is she markets herself well.
People will say are you kidding Mark? Marina is an amazingly sensual Russian girl. I say not really, she is all marketing, like most stars. However, I live in Eastern Europe.
Marina Orlova and YouTube
Marina Orlova is a YouTube hit, I can not deny this. Her Youtube videos have 250 million views, and I am sure those views do not have an interest in languages.
I have some YouTube videos and none of them fly as high as hers, it is because of her looks.
She is one of the all time most popular Youtube actresses. Her focus is languages. She combines languages with looks. Hence the title of her website HotForWords. People like this combination of beauty and intelligence.
Марина Орлова has a program and makes a new video twice a week. I personally find it boring because it is too much cream not enough milk. However, in all fairness I think part of young and modern Russian culture is Russian girls like to show up and show off, however, not all of them. But Whether I am in Egypt or Greece I have observed Russian girls on the beach striking the pose like they are some super model.
My general view about Marina’s HotforWords
- Marina Orlova is too flashy for me. Too much make up and looks too artificial. I can not watch more than five minutes. Even a few minutes is painful for me to watch on my computer. I do not like girls who try to be tempting even if it is for show.
- I prefer simple, humble Russian girls from the countryside, not some post Soviet Moscow girl with fake hair and maybe other parts? Therefore, for me she is annoying because she is the opposite of what I think is sensual in a women.
- However, Hotforwords does spark one’s interest in the origin, and use of words. Further it is a form of art. Therefore is not all that bad and this is why I would give her and her video blog an other all positive rating.
However, this is me. You maybe different. I like humble and normal. She puts herself out there as some blonde symbol of Aphrodite. I understand it is business so I will not knock her. Further, she is not doing any hard but in fact promoting language learning.
The people have spoken and she is a hit on YouTube so I recommend you watch her videos and evaluate it for yourself. I would be curious about your feedback, so leave me a comment.
I think YouTube by the way is great entertainment but in now way a good way to learn a language, it is too showy and chaotic. Maybe if your a child its good exposure to languages but not for serious study.
How Marina Orlova and HotForWord got started
I would have imaged she got a student Visa to study in the US. However, she is running a rather large profitable website so I do not how she does it. The USA is not just giving out Visas or green cards or citizenship, just because you look good.
It appears she has organized a limited partnership called HotForWords, LLC in of all places Beverly Hills, CA. Therefore I think the is more to the story than some simple Russian girl who has a passion for words. I imagine she has a sponsor. Perhaps she start by her self but at this point there are people behind the operation and it is a well thought out well planned honey pot.
I imagine she meet someone who helped her out. However, I do not have this information. Her website is filled with professional contact information. She like a teacher is very well-organized.
Is Marina Orlova married?
I think no, I think she is single. If you have any further information on the subject let me know. I also at this juncture she is done with her University degree. I think she has many guys that will try to marry her, but in my opinion a girl like that will marry some dark hair business guy in a civil marriage. This is my prediction.
Russian girls do want a family and love so at some level almost anyone could win her heart, but I think she is a post communist soviet girl who does not care too much about religion and fairy-tale ideals. This is why I think it is will be some American businessman.
Hot for words and languages
I do not think you will really learn much from this site. But what this site does is get you interested in languages. Languages are fun. I like Marina think etymology is an important part of language learning. She has a book out. It is filled with phrase origins and suggestive puns.
It is not a serious book, just more for fun with a lot of pictures of herself. Can you learn anything from Hot for words? Yes I think so, but just basic random facts about the English language. It is very high schoolish. To activate your passive vocabulary you need to be more proactive than watching vocabulary and dictionary lessons from a philologist – teacher of English. Unless you want entertainment it is better to get a more serious book on English or etymology and then buy a calendar of beautiful Russian women.
Is Marina Orlova like Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk? Nothing similar. Marina is a showman or should I say show girl. Alexandra is a family girl who looks pretty and has lots of humility. Alexandra is a genius. She is a world chess champion. Alexandra really believes in the game. On the other hand, Marina just has books smarts and is marketing herself as a female geek from Moscow.
HotForWords and Marina is in the USA for the weather
This may be true or may be false. In Europe we have Crimea and the Greek Islands. Marina – Hot for words is in the USA to make a name for herself or maybe at least because it is fun for her. I love living in Europe as I am an American, she likes living in the USA because she is from Russia and it is fun for her to experience something new. So this is the reason she says she stayed in the USA, but I think half the world would like to stay in the USA, I think somehow there is information she is not telling us on hot for words.
My conclusion is it is worth looking at Marina’s language blog, at least for fun.