I have not yet been to Russia but it is on my bucket list. A powerful charming and mystical place that is quite often misunderstood in British and American culture. What can we learn about this interesting culture and the language that we hear so often in Bond movies!
Russian families contribute to the dynamics of Russian life and culture more so than in the majority of Western countries. The reason for this is because of the after-effects of the Soviet Union. There is a greater mistrust of members outside of the family and even extended family.
The communist party ruled Russia and other territories for over 70 years, it finally broke in 1991 and the Iron Curtain opened.
Due to news and even propaganda from both sides of the spectrum, we often have misconceptions about the Russian people and their culture. Thinking that Russia is just a cold vast tundra, however, the country is so big that Russia offers an array of terrains with amazing forests, countryside, mountains, and even a volcano.
The World’s largest lake can be found in Russia and actually holds around 20 percent of the world's supply of freshwater.
The largest country by landmass in the world with a total area od 6,601,668 square miles. Nearly double the size of the United States.
Russian is the official language surprise, surprise other languages can be found in rather large percentages such as English being the second language and minority groups speaking other languages such as Mordvin, Ukrainian, and Dolgan.
As far as religion goes half of the Russian population is registered in the Russian Orthodox Church, Islam is the second-largest religion with around 15 percent of the population.
Russian Dance & Literature
Ballet is a Russian pastime and the Bolshoi Ballet is world-renowned just like their gymnastic competitors and Ice Hockey players.
Russian literature has spread its philosophies on life, love, and death with novels from Dostoevsky and Anna Karenina.
The bear and Russian nesting dolls known as Matrioshka dolls are two major symbols of the country, the nesting dolls are made of wood and can be pulled apart and placed inside of a larger replica doll. The traditional style depicts a peasant Russian girl and some of the handcrafted and painted dolls can be extremely elaborate and beautiful works of art.
3 Russian Language Tips
1. In Russian, formal and casual talk is so similar it will confuse most non-native speakers. When you first meet someone you should use an informal greeting Вы and then after you are allowed generally to start using the different greeting of; ты.
2. Don’t get too bent out of shape with regards to the future when speaking Russian. The verbs do not have future forms when in the first person. For example, you cannot say ‘I will win’ you instead would have to say something along the lines of; ‘I will be the winner’.
3. English isn’t so different. When you start to study the Russian language you will notice around one in ten Russian words are similar to English, even the pronunciation is distinguishable from the English words.
When it is allowed and safe once again I will be looking to take a trip Russia and breathe the cool air and listen to the Russian words glide through the streets from all angles until I am immersed into the sweet new sounds of these fascinating wonderful people.
I hope you will join me soon.
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