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Russian Gift Giving Customs

You probably heard that Russians love gifts. It usually has nothing to do with materialism and in my opinion Russians are much less materialistic than Americans. If you want to appear cultural and make your Russian woman/bride/wife happy, you need to know Russian gift giving customs. Read more »

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Russian Culture: Holidays

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If you decided to develop a relationship with a Russian woman, or if you are already married to one, make sure you remember main Russian holidays. Russians like holidays. They like to celebrate, to give and receive gifts, so please don’t skip Women’s Day or, God forbid, forget about getting her a Birthday gift. She may not say anything due to pride and modesty, but you will make her sad.
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Russian Culture: Superstitions

If you don’t want to get in trouble or freak your Russian bride or Russian wife out, keep in mind that Russians are usually superstitious. Save yourself an embarrassment or three, try to remember these things:

1. An even number of flowers is considered to be a misfortune and you bring even number of flowers only on funerals and graves. Guess how many flowers were in the first bouquet of flowers, which my American fiancé at the time got for me? 16. I knew he didn’t want me to be dead and I never considered myself to be superstitious, but getting an even number of flowers felt a bit weird.
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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-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 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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Russian Women are Not Desperate to Leave

American media like to portray Russia as a country of severe cold, extreme poverty and sad unsatisfied people. If you have been in Moscow, Saint Petersburg or any other big Russian city at least once, you know that it is not true.

Many Russians live better than average Americans. They dress nicer, drive better cars and can afford exotic vacations once a year. They don’t mortgage themselves to the hilt, and they don’t have enormous debt. No doubt poverty exists in Russia, but it also exists in the United States. We personally know a few Russian-American couples, where the Russian bride had a better life in Russia in an economical sense. Read more »

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