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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. 23rd, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right! We are smiling fools. :)) Completely normal to smile and even speak to strangers here in the USA.

Edited at 2015-07-23 03:58 pm (UTC)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
Можно ли обращаться к вам по русски? Я вижу что вы отвечаете иногда, но не знаю про ваш уровень знания языка.)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
My Russian is very, very bad. :( But, it's fine to write me in Russian. If I don't understand, I use Google translate. :) About my Russian studies, you can read here http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/23512.html.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
My english also not good) But i try write without google`s help. I clearly understand all that you say, or most of song lyrics, i can even watch a movie without translation, but it's hard for me to form my own text or speech in English. Lack of practice :(
Would like to add on the subject - it seems to me that the Americans can be distinguished from the crowd by appearance.
The faces of Americans, especially men, are quite different from both Russian and European. I would say that Americans are eventually separated in a slightly different race, because of geographical location and small number of mixed marriages
Jul. 23rd, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
You write in English very well! :) Yes, we have a lot of "hybrid" people here in the USA, because our population is so diverse and mixed marriages between races and cultures is common. Personally, I usually find such babies and children to be the most beautiful, there's something exotic about their appearance. I hope my blog helps you practice English! If you ever have questions about the language, just ask me. I will try to help. :)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
You are very open and nice girl, thanks for the offer)I am interested in many things in the US , even more than the language)I Hope that you will be able to answer these questions)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sure, I have a lot of posts about places and life in the USA. Just search this tag http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/tag/america. Enjoy! :)


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