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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...


Photo credit nemihail.

What do I think about this type of swimwear? Horror! :)) I strongly dislike Speedos, even on extremely attractive guys. I guess I prefer modesty, and leaving some things to the imagination. It's for this same reason that I have never worn a bikini, even when I was younger and in much better shape. These are the two simplest ways for me to spot Russians at my pool, and there are a lot of them living in my new apartment complex! Of course, there are certain Slavic facial features in both men and women that also make the determination easy. How about you? Is it easy for you to spot your fellow compatriots when you're in a foreign country? Can you easily spot Americans in Russia? I can almost never pick out fellow Americans in a big crowd overseas!


Jul. 21st, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
It's difficult to tell them apart honestly, but based on my travels in each country, I find Ukrainians more friendly than Russians.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:51 am (UTC)
So you tried to make friends with all of them?
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't pick friends based on nationality, but on common interests and passions. Someone's ethnicity is of no relevance to me, only their character and the way they treat me and others.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Statement "Ukrainians are more friendly" requires representative statistics. If you admit that those people you dislike could be either Russians or Russian-speaking non-Russians, then it can be the fact that, say, Ukrainians are in average more "simple" in their emotional manifestations, so some of them are more friendly while others are more like those people whom you dislike. Looks reasonable that "friendly" behavior and "noisy" behavior are the two sides of one coin.
At least when I meet misbehaving Russian-speakers abroad mush more often they are NOT Russians (though sometimes pretending to be Russians).
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
interesting observation. Americans always seem fake and bully to me. it doesn't have anything in common with reality, of course, but for me they look so ugly and stupid. This is only my observation and by those things I can always spot them out. Not an offense of course, just this is the way I see Americans.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, you're entitled to your opinion. :) Have you traveled to the USA?
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
sure. a couple of times. not for a long, though. liked it very much.
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 08:13 am (UTC)
Многие американцы, и тоже в основном среднего и пожилого возраста. Одевают НОСКИ с шортами, а обувь при этом сандалии, кроссовки или мокасины! :) И носки при зачастую длинные, чуть ли не гольфы! Смотрится тоже смешно! А выглядит примерно так - http://industry.com.ua/wp-content/imeges/006/8e468.jpg
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
I agree, socks with sandals looks very funny! :))
Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
"Одевают НОСКИ с шортами, а обувь при этом сандалии, кроссовки или мокасины! :) И носки при зачастую длинные, чуть ли не гольфы! "

Не читайте Зялта, не смотрите Модный Приговор. Носки с сандалями - это нормально, если это удобно
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
А вы с чего взяли что я читаю зялта и смотрю модный приговор? И с чего такой поучительно - снисходительный тон? Как нибудь сам разберусь что мне читать и смотреть!
Носки с сандалИями может и нормально, но не тогда когда носки почти до колена! Ну и чисто на мой вкус - смотрится убого!
Кроме того, здесь в комментах уже говорилось, о том что многие американцы и европейцы среднего и пожилого возраста любят молодиться, то есть носить одежду для молодых. Я конечно понимаю, они молоды душой и стараются быть современными и всё такое, но смотрится тоже, как то не очень.
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
Shannon, have you ever been behind Ural?
Sorry, I forgot if you wrote before...
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)
No, not yet. I've never visited the Ural region.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
Not at all.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
Okay, you can feel differently. But, I've traveled in both countries. As a foreign guest, I found Ukrainians more friendly and open.
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