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Plans to move to Samara.. need help.

I may be posting this in the wrong thread entirely, so please forgive me if I have.

I am a US citizen living in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I am 25 years old and work as a restaurant manager. I lived in Moscow from April through July of last year teaching English for a University and have been dying to return. My girlfriend's family is from Samara, and I've no family to speak of. So we've decided that it would be best for her to be closer to her family.

That's all well and good, but I'm in a bind now. Although I lived there for several months, and my Russian is obviously enough to survive on my own... I'm not fluent in Russian. This makes finding work rather difficult. While being a restaurant manager is all good and shiny here, I know that this skill is rather wasted there when I don't speak Russian fluently.

My only other real skill is my stubbornness I'm afraid. I can do anything because I refuse to give up, so I've worked several jobs in aluminum mills and the like despite my not being a terribly large man.

So what do I do for work? We've discussed my enrolling in a University and taking a Russian course, which would keep me in the country, but income is still an issue of course. I need to try to find either an English speaking company in Samara that could make use of me until my fluency level has become more proficient, or find a job where communication isn't really a vital part of my daily tasks, for instance manual labor or the like.

I'm lost on what to do here, and would be grateful for any assistance, even if it's just pointing me in the right direction.

Thank you so much in advance,

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