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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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fostral2
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
I prefer speedos-like.
At last, it does not make your suntan look like panda
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, tan lines are a pain. Esp. "farmer's tan," where construction workers and farmers have very white arms at the top but almost black arms on the bottom from working in the hot sun all day. :)
ochendaje
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
День начинается отлично, например.
tat_miller
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
I often try to spot my compatriots when I being in Indonesia, but last time some people which I spoted as Russians were turned old Germans or Australians)) Difference is less. And our Germen-friend said so - there are no louder people than "two-three Germans with beer near the pool".
krutoypayalnik
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
you're the same as a monkey and your Cobra President
America must be destroyed!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
Idiot.
zabriski
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:13 am (UTC)
where is that apt of yours that u r talking about?
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
It was in Arlington, Virginia, but I am no longer there.
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minato_mirai
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)
Have you ever spoken /listened to Indians or Bangladesh? The do shout in common conversation, so I always a bit scared. Citizens of Israel (many nations) also are too loud and emotional outdoors.
As for swimsuit, yes, I agree, bikini type does not fit everyone. In 2012 when I had a vacation in Crimea, Yalta city, it was only me in a modest swimsuit, while everyone including very old ladies were in bikinies. Yet, they tucked up their panties so that extra 5 cm were exposed to sun! Noteworthy, they were not only Russians, but mostly Ukranians and some Tatars.
Next year I came to that beach in bikini, too :)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Indians have very strong accents! I can barely understand them. but never noticed that they speak loudly. I've never met anyone from Bangladesh.
sasha_ecler
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:26 am (UTC)
Красавцы)
angeloni
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
за границей действительно все купаются в шортах
почему? не знаю
но знаю, что тут сложно найти качественные купальные шорты, либо они дорогие (у меня одни шорты лопнули по швам после того как я один раз нырнул, а купальные шорты которые покупал за границей прожили лет 10)
а качественные плавки недорого стоят
a000796
Jul. 22nd, 2015 08:44 am (UTC)
за границей чего? Итальянцы очень часто носят те самые Спидо, немцы предпочитают шорты. Заграница загранице рознь
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vitaliy2021
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:36 am (UTC)
конечно легко определить америкоса в толпе. обычно это тупая, жирная и жизнерадостная физиономия
peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
You don't notice a lot of fat people in Russia? I see plenty of them. :)
angeloni
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
американца можно отличить по белоснежной улыбке :)
русский всегда мрачен :(
louchsveta
Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:31 am (UTC)
Тихие, интеллигентные американцы))




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taurus_555
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:01 am (UTC)
London is the capital of the Great Britain.

Kak slavno poobshalis!

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bestoflife
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
Have you ever seen germans? They are so loud too.
А чего все вдруг кинулись по-английски писать?
svp911
Jul. 22nd, 2015 09:05 am (UTC)
just to practice )) why not?
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Oldsave Oldsaveoldsave
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
А когда то ведь наверняка фитоняшками и качками были, Великие стройки, Бам, Куям и т.д. чё поделать взрослеет человек, стареет, даже у Лено Миро когда нибудь сиськи висеть будут.

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stagla
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:20 am (UTC)
Чо там понаписано то непорусски?
Опять что ли делят людей на классы по форме трусов?

Не знаю ап чом там сверху написано, но скажу что недоумеваю с этой эпидемии шорт. Плавки обычные хрен найдешь теперь в продаже. Висит в магазе обычно две три модели - вот и весь ассортимент.
И все как мудаки в этих шортах разгуливают.
Я еще могу понять на пляже! Солнце там, укрыть тело от ультрафиолета. Но в бассейне закрытом - какой смысл и в чем прелесть? Эти же уроды в шортах ниже колен потом прутся и в сауну. С них течет, скамья мокрая под ними, сухой воздух увлажняется - а они прутся. Чем им обычные плавки то в бассейне плохи? А потому что вот такие дебилоиды пишут в соцсетях - в плавках только совки, ага.
Еще б блин в солярий в таких шортах ходили бы!

Однако тенденция, как я погляжу - к укорочению шорт. Несколько лет назад были купальные трусы чуть не до щиколоток, теперь же встречаются шортики немного длиннее плавок. Скоро наверняка придут к тому, что комфортнее ходить на пляже в небольшом кусочке ткани, чем таскать на себе мокрые полотнища...

А тело... Ну какое тело дано - то и есть. Или толстяков в газенваген надо?

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peacetraveler22
Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
Re: все вы правильно написали
Yes, for natives this loud tone is just normal. For a foreigner, it's a very noticeable distinction. Of course, loud people exist everywhere. :)
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