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Russian Culture: Drinking Tea

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When American and Western people think of Russians and their drinking habits, 9 out of 10 people immediately think “vodka”. Many are surprised to find out that Russians are very passionate about tea-drinking and are drinking more tea than British people. So if you go to Russia to visit your Russian bride, expect to have a lot of tea with her, her family and her friends.

Tea was brought to Russia from China in the 17th century and since then Russian people fell in love with this drink. Believe it or not, tea is the most popular beverage in the country and is closely associated with Russian traditions and culture. Read more »

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Russian or Ukrainian?

Here is a question I got from one of our readers. He was kind enough to let me post it as well as the answer on the website.

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Who Are Mail Order Brides?

Originally mail-order brides were women who listed themselves in catalogs in hopes to be picked by men to marry them. This is one of the reasons why this term has a negative connotation. Russian women who post their pictures and profiles online find the term mail order brides offensive. Read more »

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The Main Reason Russian Women Want to Get Married

The question as to why Russian women want to get married, especially at an early age (early twenties is quite common) pops up quite often. This is not surprising, because if you talk to college age American women you will rarely hear marriage or kids in their near-future plans. So what’s the deal with Russians? Read more »

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Russian-American Marriage Challenges: Privacy vs Openness

Privacy is a big thing in the lives of Americans. Your medical and school records are protected by privacy. Privacy policies are a requirement in almost every field, even in blogging (as we recently found out). You cannot just send you family member or a friend to get your medical tests results, or to pick up your college transcript. Everything is protected by privacy. In Russian language we don’t even have such word. Yes, that’s right. There is no translation for the word “privacy” in Russian.
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America Through the Eyes of a Russian Woman Part 2

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Another thing that many Russian and Eastern European women and men mention about the United States is how horrible is American food.
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Why It Is a Good Idea to Learn Some Russian

You’ve been trying to impress your Russian girlfriend or bride with your handsomeness, wit and generosity. Even if it seems like you stole her heart already, there is something that will most definitely show her your dedication and the seriousness of your intentions. How about learning some Russian? Before you wrinkle your nose, read this.

Just to be clear, I am not suggesting that you start taking intensive Russian lessons and try to memorize 50 Russian verbs every evening. Well, if you decide to do that, kudos to you. Extra knowledge doesn’t hurt. Read more »

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Russian Ladies and Marriage Commitment

Question: Do all Russian ladies who post their profiles online want to get married and have a family? What if I don’t want a relationship with commitment. Will a Russian lady be up for it?russian women
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Russian Culture: Gift Giving. What to Get for your Russian Lady

If you already met a special Russian lady and you think you relationship is serious enough to go visit her in Russia, first of all, congratulations! Second of all, make sure you don’t blow it. Learning Russian customs and traditions will help you not look like a dork; it will make your Russian woman feel special and will impress her family. First thing you need to do before you go is to buy gifts. For your woman and for her family.
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Russian Women: Unwritten Rules. Smiles and Greetings

As mentioned before, Russian women, or Russians in general, don’t smile nearly as much as Americans do. And it doesn’t mean that we are sad. A smile from someone we don’t know makes us, Russians, feel self-conscious. I might think, that I look funny, or that our clothes are dirty if somebody I don’t know looks at me and smiles. Well, it is different when a guy smiles to a girl – in this cases smile usually means that he is interested in her.

So if you go to Russia, don’t smile too much. You might get unnecessary attention. Also, if your Russian bride doesn’t smile a lot, there is no need to ask her if she is OK 15 times a day. It can be annoying. She is most likely just fine. Read more »

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