Archive for July, 2007

The Elusive Russian Smile Posted by on Jul 26, 2007

Have you heard the complaint that Russians don’t smile? Have you traveled to Russia to find the sales people rude or disengaged? Have you ever looked at a Russian photo album and wondered if they’re not all depressed? It’s true, Russians smile less than Americans, and they’re well aware of it. … Continue Reading

Yes or No Questions: Have We Agreed? Posted by on Jul 24, 2007

When I lived in Russia for the first time for a while, people kept asking me, “Договорились?” The first few times I didn’t know what the word meant. So I said, “I don’t know,” or “No?” And then we would go over everything that we has just said. “We’re meeting at the Orbit Movie Theater…

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