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Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 02:27

Knowing that I'm Russian some guys ask me about the character of women of my country and the ways how effectively to "deal" with them. 

Well, first of all, you should devide Russians from the other Slavic nations, and understand that Ukranians have a different national character. This IS important. Then I try to explain the reasons of behavior.

But a while ago I've found a blog of a canadian ESL teacher who is working in Russia and he posted 50 fun facts about us. Not all of them are about nowadays people, but many are true.

I've decided to post some of those facts here to disperse the fog. Don't know is it possible to give a link here, if yes, I will. But for now here they are:

1: Russians distrust anything cheap.

 

3: Although Russians distrust anything with a cheap price, they are fine with freebies.

 

 

8: Russians gather in the kitchen and stay up very late, talking about "life".

 


9: Russians usually avoid talking about work.



12: Russians never throw anything away. Ever.


13: However, if Russians throw out half of their things, nobody notices.

15: Russians don't usually say "please" or "thank you".


16: The Russian proverb "Arrogance - the second happiness" cannot be adequately translated into English.

17: Russians drink a lot of vodka. It's not a myth.

18: You don't have to fear for your life when walking the streets in Moscow alone at night.

19: Russian men are convinced that feminism has led to the collapse of the West, and Russia's historical mission: resist.


20: A myth within a myth: Russians believe that Americans believe that bears walk the streets in Moscow, but this myth of a myth is a purely Russian invention. Americans actually believe all the bears in Russia are dead.


22: Dentists are very surprised when people show up for a "routine" check-up. So are doctors.



23: Russians drink tea with a centimetre of sugar on the bottom of the cup.


25: The number of brackets in an email or sms infers the importance of a message. For instance - Birthday party tonight ) means a birthday party, but Birthday party tonight )))))) means a fantastic blow-out extravaganza.

26: Moscow has the best subway system in the world.


27: Despite having the best subway system in the world, there are millions of Muscovites who refuse to ever take it, and spend half their lives stuck in traffic.

28: A Russian will use the slightest reason to bring everyone gifts of chocolate. "It's your birthday in four and a half months? Wow! Chocolate for the entire office!"


29: Anyone who speaks a language other than Russian is automatically suspect.


30: On New Year's, don't surprised if you are invited out at 11:30 pm, drink champagne and cognac until 6 am, eat herring under a fur coat and olivia salad in a kitchen, and then party in a flat for three more days.

35: Despite the small roads and the frustrating traffic jams, Russians still buy giant SUVs.


36: Sushi is more popular in Russia than in Japan.

37: In fact, Japan is more popular in Russia than in Japan.


38: Russians are extremely friendly if they've known you for more than ten minutes. If you've known a Russian for at least a week, you will be invited to meet their family.



39: Russians are also extremely emotional and passionate, and although they don't show emotion in public, they cry and laugh and shout and play more than Italians.



40: Russians care more about the philosophical side of living than the material, and have a folk song for every situation.


42: Russians are passionate lovers, and will quarrel like bitter enemies and make out like porn stars in public.


43: Russians love to criticsize their own country, but will be offended if a foreigner does.

45: Russians love McDonald's, KFC, Subway and Burger King more than Americans.


46: Russians spoil their kids rotten, and then magically expect them to behave responsibly at the age of 18.

47: Although Russians eat more fast food than people in the west, Russians are still healthier.


48: Russians cannot do anything that requires putting a car in reverse. It can take the average Russian driver ten minutes to parallel park (I've seen it countless times).


49: Winters in Russia are actually quite beautiful, and Russians are fantastic winter drivers.


50: Russians are actually freer than westerners; there are less laws and social constraints, and yet the crime rate is lower than in the US or UK.

Well, that's it. I hope it will help some to understand what is going on in their relationship with that Russian lady. And some items definitely belong to the whole humanity.

Uh? )))))  ;)



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Posted on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 23:38

Quoting Fifth_Element:

These girls probably speak russian because they have poor english. or one of them is russian in baltic states. Yes, that's probably it. And EET with LVL are coming from completely different backgrounds & language groups, since we are similar to lithuanians Only. but, by listening ukrainian I hear a lot of russian, same as polish or bulgarian, rumanian and all those languages- I understand a bit of all of them because I know Russian, so I assume the people being similar..

I've lived in Siberia, so I do know what true old-russian is and they have all my respect and love, But I am not hiding my disrespect towards mundane latvian-russians and I have all rights to do so and we all know it. period.

 



Well, Fifth Element, I have no idea who latvian-russians are but I hope not all of them are bad people. And, yes among russians there are many social and ethnic groups ( I don't speak of tatars, ukranians and other +-80 nations of Russia). I have old-believers background and I know how to be different by centures.



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Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 03:58

Quoting Fifth_Element:

Good job for posting this, however I disagree it being about Russians. 

This shall apply to ''slavic nations'' in general and every european I've ever met. And I've met quite many. I've been in Siberia (wich I consider to be the real-beautiful Russia)

Okay, subway system and junk food are exceptions. And I am saying this while drinking Japanese ceremonial Matcha green tea. 

52 about Russian ladies? They use coloring eye lenses a lot. 

53 thousands and Thousands of young women from smaller countries or/and obviously former USSR, not wanting to explain their roots, when meeting foreigners for first time or simply online, will say they are Russians. And That's exactly why there are ''so many beautiful Russians'' seen and heard in the World! :) 

 

--- Russians don't usually say "please" or "thank you".---- I've heard this one from many Americans myself. 

Same as we don't quite understand why to ask and answer ''How are you'' every time you meet someone, if you actually don't care how the person feels. Because when we ask, we care. 

''I wont'' and ''I don't want to'' type of phrases are highly used in English vocabulary, wich Americans see as an *Attitude*, while in europe it's Just Fine. 

 

I Am Pure Latvian. 




Thank you... Well, I can tell the story about two women who work in a cafe in Colorado. One is from Latvia the other is from Estonia. And their colleague is a Russian girl. So, she noticed that those two often say they are Russians though they are not :-) And ppl from the former USSR feel this difference between Baltic women and Russian girls. I bet there is a difference between Estonian and Latvian women as between Russian and Ukrainian. More than this. They talk to each other in Russian not English. And they create new words when they need to explain something. Russian girl often says: This word doesn't exist! But they don't care, they have their own Russian language.

I find it's interesting, as Stolichnaya vodka in American liquor stores which was produced in Estonia. Whatever, the name is pretty Russian, and that's fine! As thousands of actors who pretend playing Russians in the Holywood movies.  

:-)

As for all those items in the list some of them belong to all of us, some are very Russians. As kitchen talks, controlling the hit of emotions and actually... the absence of hypocrisy. They look like harsh people but if you cross this line you find out they are very friendly and commited into friendship guys.



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Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:34

 

"Oh, God, do they know how to endure.  But at whose expense???  [See my previous post.]

 

 

 

Still, I rather like them as a general rule--except for the fact that the men are, on the whole, extremely rude.  More than once I've had to give them what for.  If they want something from me in my shop, they had better be a little more polite than they are often wont to be.  Seems that when I make my feelings known, they quite suddenly become the polite gentlemen they shoud be.

 

 

 

BTW--they don't treat the men in our shop anywhere near as awfully rudely as they do us women.  HMMMMMMM.  Curious indeed.  What's that all about?????"

 

 

 

Well, every such case can be explained. Sometimes it's about their cultural and social level, sometimes it's about USSR ppl. They call them Russians in the USA but they're Ukranians for example, or jews or tatars.

 

And I can tell you the tons stories of rednecks and some white trash behaviour to me. And not only in America but in South Korea, too. But I understand I'm an alien, the other. With the others ppl usually let them more. It's an old instinct. 

 

Maybe they feel you're an alien for them. Long distance. Maybe it's about their very poor knowledge or English and your culture. Could you tell any story which will clarify your opinion? 

 

 



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Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:24

Quoting Curious2078:

At night, when our bait and tackle shop is closed, we put bait out on the porch along with a locked "honor system" box for paying for it.

 

In several years of doing this, the only people who have ever cheated us, as far as we have been able to figure, are Russians.  Older Russians.  Not the younger ones.

 

We frequently have a younger Russian walk in mid-morning to tell us that his friend, some "older" man, someone who didn't leave Russia until he was 55 or 60 some 15 or 20 years ago, took bait the previous night that he "swore" to his friend he shouldn't have to pay for, no matter what the signs out there say about what the prices are.

 

So, the younger Russian comes in, mid-morning, and pays for the bait his much older friend "stole" during the previous night.

 

Such curious cultural mindsets, indeed.   



Marginals exist in any country. And honest people too. 



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Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:20

Dear Silverlion! Thank you. I will add those two items. Russian are general reckless. ;-)



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Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:17

Quoting BeWell:

LaughingCloud,

Thanks for posting those fun facts about Russians. I have a good friend from Russia and your facts explain a lot about some of her seemingly odd behavior. (15, 16, 17, 23, 28, 48 and others)  ;-D............. BeWell

 



You too, BeWell. Enjoy your friend's qualities. They are nice after all. Because they are different. Diversity makes life richer. :-)



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Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:14

Thank you, HOPING!

I'm sure that we are all need to understand each other. But it's impossible untill we see the others in their own 'juice'. This guy is smart to get the right things. And I hope his comments make us not just giggle but look in our own inner core.

 



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Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:10

Dear guys, THANK YOU! I'll answer to all of you :-)



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Posted on Sat, Jul 14, 2012 19:12

Quoting silverlion:

~~ L C ~~

 

Ochen ' Khorosho, Moi Dorogoi......

 

I don't have a Russian keypad now, so I had to write that to you with English albhabets.

 

May I add number 51 to the list with your kind permission .

 

51 :  Russians are very Passionate Chess Players, like my good friend Boris who cusses with every move.

 

I learnt a lot of them from him but dare not mention it here or Boris will never shut up. He truly is a real friend though, and came to my rescue at 3 in the morning while stuck in a Winter blizzard.  Then of course we had to sip some chilled vodka with Caviar and discuss the storm until day-break. Just his way to make sure there was no hypothermia. Perhaps I may add 52 by saying...

 

52 : Russians are Real and Not Pretentitious.

 

I have a soft spot for all my friends from the former Soviet Union, for " They Truly Know how to Endure ".

 

Fond Regards,

 

~~ S L ~~

 



Oh, God, do they know how to endure.  But at whose expense???  [See my previous post.]

 

Still, I rather like them as a general rule--except for the fact that the men are, on the whole, extremely rude.  More than once I've had to give them what for.  If they want something from me in my shop, they had better be a little more polite than they are often wont to be.  Seems that when I make my feelings known, they quite suddenly become the polite gentlemen they shoud be.

 

BTW--they don't treat the men in our shop anywhere near as awfully rudely as they do us women.  HMMMMMMM.  Curious indeed.  What's that all about?????



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Posted on Sat, Jul 14, 2012 19:08

At night, when our bait and tackle shop is closed, we put bait out on the porch along with a locked "honor system" box for paying for it.

 

In several years of doing this, the only people who have ever cheated us, as far as we have been able to figure, are Russians.  Older Russians.  Not the younger ones.

 

We frequently have a younger Russian walk in mid-morning to tell us that his friend, some "older" man, someone who didn't leave Russia until he was 55 or 60 some 15 or 20 years ago, took bait the previous night that he "swore" to his friend he shouldn't have to pay for, no matter what the signs out there say about what the prices are.

 

So, the younger Russian comes in, mid-morning, and pays for the bait his much older friend "stole" during the previous night.

 

Such curious cultural mindsets, indeed.   



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Posted on Sat, Jul 14, 2012 07:38

Hmmm.....re: Boris.  A big-hearted, true friend....coming to your rescue at 3am in a snow storm.  A rare treasure in these days!!!  You are a very lucky man SL.  But I guess it also says a lot about you...to have such a friend.  I have always believed:  Show me your friends, and I will know who you are. 



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Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 14:03

LaughingCloud,

Thanks for posting those fun facts about Russians. I have a good friend from Russia and your facts explain a lot about some of her seemingly odd behavior. (15, 16, 17, 23, 28, 48 and others)  ;-D............. BeWell

 



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 11:29

Quoting Extratallblondie:

((((( Fun facts about Russians )))))

 

Thanks!



You're welcome ))



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Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 06:08

((((( Fun facts about Russians )))))

 

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Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 05:17

LOVE IT! 

 

I find 1 and 3 hilarious.. GIVE ME ANYTHING... LONG AS IT AIN'T CHEAP! AND KEEP THE PRICE TAG ON WILL YA! LOL

 

12 and 13? LOL... 

 

LOVE how "PASSIONATE" Russians are portrayed. Many ppl cannot handle "passionate" individuals and therefore may find Russians exhausting and confusing... "How do you have a verbal beat down in a restaurant one minute..... and then madly make out later in the streets?" LOL I identify with the deeply seeded emotions.. and how they can make for heated arguments one minute and fire fueled passion the next... I tell everyone... I COME WITH A WARNING LABEL!! Passion can't be bottled and true passion is not to be stifled! :) 

 

Now between the passion, chocolate and vodka references.. I am going to have to do some research.. I am unclear what my heritage is.. BUT.. I am thinking there may have been some Russian in there somewhere! LOL

 

Hope all is going well for you LAUGHING! Good to see you! :)



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