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How to Spot a Russian...


Over the weekend, I was sitting at my apartment pool, relaxing in the hot sun when I was disturbed by very loud voices. Immediately I could tell that it was some of the Russian residents living in my building. For me, it's easy to spot Russians in the crowd, perhaps because I spend so much time communicating with them in my personal life and in this blog. They most often talk in a very loud tone, which sounds aggressive to my English trained ears. Why is this? This is not only at my apartment, but also a perception based on numerous personal encounters with Russians in the USA, on airplanes and throughout Russia. It's not an insult, just an observation. :) The topic of the conversation can be extremely friendly, with a loved one or friend, yet still sound like an argument to me because I barely understand any Russian words when they are spoken by natives.

Other signs that the person at my pool is Russian - older women almost always wear bikinis, despite their physical shape or appearance. Very old, overweight females stuff themselves into these types of bathing suits, and it's fine. About someone else's appearance, I have no opinion or say, and if they're comfortable in this type of clothing, more power to these ladies! :) However, it's not so common for old women in the States to wear bikinis, I very rarely see it. Similarly, Russian and European men at my pool almost always wear Speedos, or tightly constricted swimming trunks. It doesn't matter that they have huge bellies, I suppose it's just a cultural difference in swimwear attire. Something like this...Read more...Collapse )


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Jul. 21st, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
You are right about Russians speaking too loud. Foreigners in Russia noted this very often.
Also if you see two Russians disputing and shouting to each other most likely they are relatives or good friends. It should be very serious reason for strangers to start shouting on each other.
The reason why older women wear bikini is simple. They have only 10 - 14 days to get good body tint. In whole year. So they care about surface. And do not care if somebody criticize it. Don't like - don't look.
Jul. 21st, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
:))) Speedos are the decent swimwear. Russian men can come to the beach wearing surf shorts, take off the shorts! and do splashy splashy in their underwear.
In an international crowd of businessman Americans are the once in the shortest pants, a baggy jacket from the 90 ties and a polyester tie. The pants will always be short, even if the rest is fine, polyester free.
Strangely, I always thought that the loudest are Americans - that's how you spot them anywhere in Europe. In Russia American tourist will most likely wear all their ridiculous souvenirs at the same time - ushanka, hockey shirt, red scarf.
British mingle easily with the Russians after just a few months of stay, Americans can stay here ages and still look like tourists.
Jul. 21st, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
))) I never wear bikini not because of my shape, but probably because of my age )))
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
You don't look too old for a bikini! :)
(no subject) - rider3099 - Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:06 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 21st, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
это забавно, потому что я, например, всегда удивляюсь, почему итальянцы и испанцы такие шумныеее. летом в Санкт-Петербурге много туристов и довольно часто встречаешь группы итальянцев и испанцев, не дай бог попасть с ними в один автобус, шум-гам где-то на уровне русских гопников, распивающих бухло на детских площадках по ночам)))
но самые дикие и буйные, абсолютно невменяемые по уровню производимого шума, это некоторые наши гости из Финляндии.)
русские тоже более шумные, я полагаю, те, которые живут на юге, Краснодарский край-Кубань, мы, северяне, тихие на людях.))
ничего, что я на русском?)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Испанцы наоборот говорят, что русские слишком тихо разговаривают.
Сам читал такое :)
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Если тут написана какая-то хуйня про Русских, то лучше удали по-быстрому!
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
Do not visit this blog again, your username is disgusting.
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Ринат Атман
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)

some comments so amusing
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
As always! :)
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
Самые отвязные в общественных местах пьяные англичане.
Американцы разные, среди северян много выскомерных, they are often rude. Это они толкают вас в транспорте. I like southerns. They are very nice.. они никогда вас не толкнут, they are truly polite.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
South is a different civilization occupied by North ...
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Never noticed this. Littering is evil! :)
Jul. 21st, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know if anyone has explained it to you already. But Russian swimwear is not about beauty or decency. It is not even about swimming. It's all about sun exposure. There is this old belief imprinted directly into the national mentality that sun tan is beneficial for your health. It used to be poetically compared to accumulating the sun rays under your skin for the winter. I think it goes back to post-revolution times when vitamin D deficiency and rickets were serious problems. Younger people know better nowadays but older people still live by that belief. When they go on vacation they fanatically grill themselves under the scorching sun. Then they get unavoidable sunburns. Put on some kefir or sour cream overnight to soothe the damaged skin (considered the best home remedy). Then they grill again. The darker they can get during their vacation the happier they are.

Next time you see these people shed a tear for they are on a highway to cancer hell.

And no, you cannot talk them out of this deadly pattern.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
Sour cream?!? I've never heard of this remedy for a sunburn! :))
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
scirted swimsuits look strange
in Russia.
Do you know why? Just culture traditions :)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
Re: scirted swimsuits look strange
Right, exactly as I said in the post. :) This is just another cultural distinction between America and the USA.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
Девушка, зачем у вас Латынина а аватаре?
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Ну эта девушка посимпатичнее Латыниной, прямо скажем :)
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
At some point these high heels just become ridiculous! :)) I can't even imagine walking in them in sand, snow and ice yet a lot of Russian women do it quite well. This is a special talent! :)
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
How to you distinguish Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and a bunch of other folks? They all speak Russian. Only Russian can spot another Russian and still it's not 100% accurate.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
странный пост
Часто вижу мусульманок, купающихся в платьях, и не нахожу это ни неуместным, ни достойным обсуждения/осуждения.
Большего культа загорелого тела, чем здесь, в США, я никогда не встречала. Среди зимы ( я живу на северо-западе) этот безумный загар из местной коптильни солярия. Да полно таких! Но я не об этом. peacetraveler22 плохо знает -что объяснимо и простительно!- социально-бытовой уклад поколения, вышедшего из советского прошлого. Тем самым older women всю их сознательную жизнь внушалось "солнце, воздух и вода - наши лучшие друзья!" Солнце, Карл! Про рак кожи и связь его с ультрафиолетом в Советском Союзе, кажется, вообще не знали. И да, купальные труселя и в современной России встречаются крайне редко.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: странный пост
да кто такой этот Карл объясните уже наконец!
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Re: странный пост - peacetraveler22 - Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
Мы громко говорим, потому что связь мобильная говно.
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