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    Tour guides

    I'm visiting Moscow in Russia and have hired a couple of tour guides. I speak limited Russian - my question is do I address them formally (Vi) or informally (Ti)? Both are about my age (in 30s). Additionally, if they refer to me formally, how can I ask them to be informal. Is it customary to wait for a certain time before switching to informal grammar? Lastly - is there anything tour guides appreciate besides tips?

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    You start communications formally.
    how can I ask them to be informal
    Давайте "на ты" ?
    Yes, you could wait before uttering this phrase, but you will have not much spare time, so no need to wait IMHO.

    Different people are approachable to a different degree.
    So you would be unable to "перейти на ты" if you meet an arrogant guide.
    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

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