Jokes aside, I am lucky enough to have found an excellent Russian man with excellent English who is willing to help me improve my Russian.
He encourages me to describe what is going on around me, or to answer in Russian where possible.
There are certain expectations that come along with being a female in Russia that I don’t necessarily subscribe to.
I’m a pretty low maintenance girl, in the sense that I don’t spend a ton of time maintaining myself and my usual hairstyle is But all of them evidence that my attitude is definitely a quirk that Russian men notice.
The level of English in Russia isn’t high, so navigating dating and friendships has been a weird combination of the most fun and something that I dread!
I know that combining wine, mime and exaggerated facial expressions goes a long way towards forging lasting and meaningful bonds.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE love in all of its glorious forms and will hopefully end up with someone whose first language is not the same as mine.
This certainly exists within Western culture, but the undertones are on steroids in Russia, where marriage and children are hot topics amongst the parents of single people in their mid-to-late twenties.Russia is portrayed to the West as a cold, hard place with some magical architecture, myriad vodka shots, and a leader who dances with bears and who, for some unfathomable reason, never wears a shirt. Whilst it is cold, vodka certainly exists, and calendars featuring a shirtless Putin and puppies are not in short supply, there are a thousand misconceptions about Russian culture and people.The people are portrayed in the countless American films featuring Russians as spies or members of gangs who continue to refer to each other exclusively as comrade (which, incidentally, is a word that came into English via the Romance languages and is not at all a Russian word! After living here for long enough to catch a decent glimpse into Russian culture, here are the things that I want you to know about Russia and Russians: Before I get stuck into this point, I want to make it clear that I do not condone any “traditional” view of women that involves domestic violence or any kind of behaviour that devalues, disrespects or degrades the importance of the woman’s free will.In this post she shares about her experience as a woman dating in Russia while learning the language.This is a topic I have a lot to say about personally as I had a Russian girlfriend during my time in Kazan which I partly credit with helping me learn the language so quickly (links to my story below).