Rachel Riley is so smitten with Pasha Kovalev that she's learning his native language

After nearly a year of dating, Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev‘s relationship sounds like it’s getting pretty serious.

Countdown presenter Rachel – who met Pasha when she was partnered with him on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 – has revealed that she’s been practising her man’s native language of Russian. Pretty impressive if you ask us!

‘Yeah, I’m learning!’ says Rachel, 29. ‘I learned the Cyrillic alphabet first and I’ve got this little app that I do every day so Pasha‘s being forced to listen to my pronunciation.

‘I saw his friend who came over from Russia a couple of weeks ago and when Pasha wasn’t there I had to try and put it into practice and it was good fun.

‘It’s not as inaccessible as you’d think, but obviously it’s a totally different alphabet with different sounds. But it’s given me a good insight and understanding of why Pasha constructs certain sentences which can sometimes sound a little odd.’

Awww! Despite Rachel‘s efforts to learn Russian, she’s not yet living with 35-year-old Pasha and marriage isn’t on her mind either.

‘It’s not something that I’m aiming for,’ the presenter explains. ‘But I dunno. I might do. I might not, it’s not something I’m bothered about.’

Rachel was previously married to her university sweetheart Jamie Gilbert but they split in November 2013, just over a year after tying the knot. They remain friends though and have even met up to play squash together.

Even though she’s not fussed about walking down the aisle again, it’s clear that Rachel is totally smitten with Pasha.

‘Well, he’s like the ultimate gentleman,’ she tells Fabulous magazine. ‘He just treats me really well, he’s funny and lovely, a great person and very chilled.’ CUTE!

Rachel is currently appearing in 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown on Friday nights at 9pm on Channel 4.

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