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What do you know about Russia?

Dasha Eremeeva explores common stereotypes associated with her home country.

Dasha Eremeeva explores common stereotypes associated with her home country.

Dasha Eremeeva explores common stereotypes associated with her home country.

Dasha Eremeeva explores common stereotypes associated with her home country.

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As soon as I came to the USA, I ran into stereotypes about the country that I had never suspected before. So today I would like to inform you all about stereotypes about Russia. Also, I will tell which stereotypes are really true and which are just myths.

Start with the most popular stereotype — Russians love vodka, and they drink it instead of water. Of course, it is not really true. Yes, vodka is our traditional alcoholic drink and you can find it in almost every Russian house. Also, an adult Russian man rarely refuses a glass of vodka. On the other hand, Russians drink only if it is a holiday or an important event. In addition to this, in Russia you can find as many different drinks as in any other country.

The second stereotype – Russia is the coolest place in the world and Russian people never wear shorts and T-shirts. It is not true. We have four seasons, and every season is very different from each other. Yes, the winter is cold and it snows a lot, especially in Siberia (temp. -35°F).  However, the summer is usually so hot. The temperature might be 95°F. Also, Russia is very big country with different climates in the various regions.

The third stereotype is in Russia you can see a bear in the street. No! It is a myth. Actually, I do not know who said that you can meet a real bear in Russian streets and why some countries have this stereotype about Russia. We have bears only in forests (where people do not go) or in the zoo.

The fourth stereotype is Russian people are rude and serious. Probably it might seem that it is true, but it is not! It is just a part of our culture that you do not need to smile to everybody and ask, “How are you doing?” Strangers in Russia will pass by each other and will not look at each other (I am not even talking about smiling!) “Small talk” is not a usual thing in Russia. On the other hand, when it comes to helping, invite for a dinner, friendship and other stuff Russian people are very nice, friendly and kind. They are always ready to help. They like to talk to people who they really know.

The last stereotype is all Russians have USSR nostalgia. It is more about an old generation who was born and had lived most of their lives in the Soviet Union. The new generation born in Russia do not think about it and they do not want the USSR to come back.

In conclusion, I want to tell that every country has stereotypes. If you want to truly know the culture, people and traditions of the country it is not a good idea to Google it. A better idea is to go to this country and explore it, to meet local people, talk to them, to eat local food, to see monuments and attractions. Maybe it will not be as bad as you thought before about this country.

If you have any questions or concerns – ask me! If you know some more stereotypes about Russia – I would love to hear that! My e-mail: [email protected]

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