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I’m also an English teacher and spend a lot of time working to get my meaning across to my students.This means that I do have to be in the right mood if I’m going to be enthusiastic about going on a first date with a stranger with B1 level English where I’m not sold on whether there’s enough chemistry for the date to be worth putting eyeliner on for.My relationship resume is made up of native speakers or ESL speakers with near-native fluency.
The people are portrayed in the countless American films featuring Russians as spies or members of gangs who continue to refer to each other exclusively as comrade (which, incidentally, is a word that came into English via the Romance languages and is not at all a Russian word! After living here for long enough to catch a decent glimpse into Russian culture, here are the things that I want you to know about Russia and Russians: Before I get stuck into this point, I want to make it clear that I do not condone any “traditional” view of women that involves domestic violence or any kind of behaviour that devalues, disrespects or degrades the importance of the woman’s free will.
What I do want to say is that, as a financially-independent Western woman, I LOVE that Russian men hold doors open for me and help me off buses. It’s a respectful gesture and it shows that they’re capable of thinking of others.
If nothing else, it is certainly better than having a man yell “nice arse” at me from a car…
He is also more than happy to take the backseat on every other meal and makes a show of complimenting me whenever I cook.
It’s a little Pavlovian, but for now I find it cute so no harm, no foul.