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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. 22nd, 2015 06:35 am (UTC)
Американцы непроходимо глупы и ограничены, как автор этого нелепого сочинения.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
If you hate Russians, don't visit our country. It's so easy. Be calm, be happy, think about God.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 11:56 am (UTC)
Why do you think I hate Russians? I never said that. In fact, I said the opposite. I have many Russian friends, most of my readers in this blog are Russian and I visit the country frequently.
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:50 am (UTC)
90е уже прошли
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:45 am (UTC)
Anytime, when I hear angry words about Speedos I want to ask: "Hey, woman, do you like suntan on your body? Why you don't allow me have it too? Shorts steal about 40% of suntan"

Edited at 2015-07-22 06:46 am (UTC)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:49 am (UTC)
That's true in many cases.
And I prefer to visit hotels where Russians are rare guests.
I think it's because for many years it was forbidden to express their own thoughts and problems in Russia. I was born late in the Soviet Era - there was an unspoken law to pretend "There are no problem!" even if there were problems with getting decent clothes and food (the deficiency of the most items of everyday life).
I think they are sort of "claiming" space for themselves by loud and non-significant speech. And calming their fear amids everything foreign.
I still remember how I was taught about every other nations being hateful and envious of Soviet people, and I am 34 now.
I see a lot of problem with the fact that plenty Russian people were not able to cope with the crush of USSR.
They were not able to realize how much cruelty of the Soviet Leaders for their own people was in vain. How many sacrifices were futile and the outcome of them was meager.
People still want to believe - it was done for the future, but in fact it was for upholding that Reign in that very moment.
But I think many people around the world who got used to their supremacy may get this 'cold shower' few years later.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:53 am (UTC)
здравствуйте !
Наши женщины ещё фору дадут иноземкам по возрастной фигуре , на своих посмотрите , там объектива не хватит .
Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
Re: здравствуйте !
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:57 am (UTC)
It's a funny thing about Speedos. I definitely saw this type of outfit on representatives of many nations, including many people from Western Europe.
Also, loud voices are not a specific trait of Russians (of course, if can see the difference between Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and some other nations from the former Soviet Union and don't call all of them "Russians"). By the way it is a typical trait of those who are not well educated (or at least not cultured enough to keep their tone low). Unfortunately, the number of well-educated people tend to be much lower these days than before.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:57 am (UTC)
And it's also really easy to spot an American in a conversation because of your attitude towards speedos) This intolerance bugs me: you are okay with gay marriage, you don't mind topless women in New York, a lot of liberal folks don't like it, when you judge other people, but when it comes to the most convenient sweamwear - speedos - you guys go nuts. You've used all your influence and media power to smear them and proclaim them gay, so that men avoid wearing them, and you stand your ground by your bigotry like as if you were George Zimmerman and speedos were Trayvon Martin. But here's the grim reality, lass, that Americans cannot grasp - speedos are the best swimming clothing humanity has ever invented, while all those swimming shorts are basically hijabs for men - they are just insufferably inconvenient. You don't like speedos? So why don't you try swimming in niqāb or burka? Anyway, speedos, just like South, will rise again! *waving Confederate flag with the image of speedos on it*

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Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
Speedos will rise again! LOL!! :)) There's no intolerance towards speedos, I'm not trying to ban them or say people don't have the right to wear them. I was only stating my personal viewpoint that they look horrible on most men. What people want to wear is their business, not mine. :)
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:58 am (UTC)
I think you have never seen a German woman on the beach. Old woman in bikini with tattoo and topless.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
German grannies are tattooed? :))
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:22 am (UTC)

But we have Skrepy, so we dont givva fuck.

Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
What is Skrepy?
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:25 am (UTC)

How to spot, how to spot... just aim and shoot!

Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:28 am (UTC)
Вы бы лучше заняли своих соотечественников, которые любят загорать на общественных пляжах совсем без купальников, развесив дряблые груди и пенисы.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:31 am (UTC)
Есть мнение что афтар псто - руссише косящее под пиндосище. Американцы так не спикинг фром зейр харт, выговаривая все частицы речи из школьного учебника.
Чего то тут не то.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
What do you think about swimwear of Giorgio Armani? ;)
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
А немки, загорающие всегда и везде топлесс Вас не смущают? 60 летняя или более древняя старушка, похожая на мумию или наоборот, весьма упитанная дама, оголяющие вехнюю часть тела - все ок?
Ни разу и нигде не видела, чтоб русские орали громче, чем турки, испанцы, итальянцы, французы, да и те же американцы в придачу.
Да и пожилые женщины в России никогда не оденут коротких шорт, юбок и топов, если их фигура этого не позволяет - что встречается сплошь и рядом в рядах Ваших соотечественниц.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 08:02 am (UTC)
Зачем вы переводите стрелки на американцев? Америка - исключительная страна, им всё можно! Даже можно пост на рашен ресурс запилить о том, какое мы некультурное, уродливое быдло.
Учитесь, отсталые, как надо

Реально трудно выбрать одну картинку, там (people of walmart) все уникальны и чудесны))
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