'Russians are like coconuts, Americans are like peaches': the opinion of a US resident about people from Russia
Author of the channel "On the fingers" on "Yandex.Zen" talks about an American, whom his friends introduced him to. The young man lived in Russia for several years and made his own conclusions about the Russian people and their differences from the Americans. Further - from the first person.
I have an American acquaintance whom my friend introduced us to.
Mike came to study for a year on exchange at a local university. Since then, we sometimes correspond.
When Mike needs help translating or generally needs to understand something in Russian, he often writes to me.
Gatherings with tea and pancakes with honey
Once we decided to meet all together: me, Mike and the friend who introduced me to him.
Well, sit and chat with delicious tea. Exchange, so to speak, cultural baggage.
At the time of the gatherings, Mike had already been in Russia enough, ten months, if I'm not mistaken. And I could already share thoughtful thoughts about the difference between our countries.
It was interesting to me.
You know, it's always curious what foreigners think about our country. When they talk about the pluses, there is pride in Mother Russia, and when they talk about the minuses, there is some kind of pain inside and longing.
And somewhere in the middle of the conversation, in the hope of a positive assessment of our people, I asked Mike:
“How do Russians differ from Americans? What do you think?"
He paused for a rather long time to collect his thoughts and give an accurate answer in his broken Russian. And after about thirty seconds, he produced a rather interesting analogy:
“You know, Russians are completely different people. They are neither better nor worse, but simply different. I was very surprised how closed you are.
Well, you don't even smile at each other. In the USA, smiling is the norm.
At home, everyone looks friendly. But in Russia, people walk the streets some gloomy.
At first I was even afraid of the Russians, until I understood what was the matter. It turns out that Russians are closed only to outsiders.
You know, I would compare Russians with coconuts, Americans with peaches.
You have such a hard shell that it is very difficult to break through, it is very difficult to penetrate into it, but if it succeeds, then that very Russian soul opens up: they begin to invite you to visit and behave with you as if you were a member of the family.
This really surprised me.
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Americans are like peaches because we're friendly to everyone on the outside, but hard on the inside.
It is not customary for us to call strangers home and treat them as if they were your own brother.
Usually we limit ourselves to socializing on the street or somewhere in a cafe. "
This characterization of the Russians from Mike made me think very seriously. But he's right. We all do not like strangers, but we are as open as possible to our own.
Original column published on the blog. "On the fingers" on "Yandex.Zen"
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