The Russian Way, Second Edition

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Here's an up to the minute, insider's look at how Russians live and work and how they feel about everything from family to religion to entertainment. Explore The Russian Way of doing things, and you'll uncover a fascinating world imbued with kindness, generosity, superstition, and surprises.

Russian character comes to life as you follow favorite pastimes such as communal baths, the circus, mushroom gathering, and watching television—especially soap operas. View life from the ...

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Overview

Here's an up to the minute, insider's look at how Russians live and work and how they feel about everything from family to religion to entertainment. Explore The Russian Way of doing things, and you'll uncover a fascinating world imbued with kindness, generosity, superstition, and surprises.

Russian character comes to life as you follow favorite pastimes such as communal baths, the circus, mushroom gathering, and watching television—especially soap operas. View life from the perspective of average Russians ("poor man's caviar" and flea markets) and "new" (rich) Russians (international dining and upscale shops). Historic background, evolving changes, and Russian words and phrases are woven into every chapter.

Find out how Russians feel about advertising (suspicious), clothing (conservative), "gifts" and bribes (necessary), dating (not until college), and appropriate behavior (bring flowers to dinner, always check your coat at the theater, and don't compliment a new baby to avoid the "evil eye"). The Russian Way is brimming with practical and lively facts on:

  • Home life, meals, and housing
  • Healthcare, education, politics, religion, and professions
  • Hotels, dining, shopping, and entertainment
  • Language, gestures, literature, and the Russian soul
  • The creative community, including controversial artist Tsereteli

This handy guide will help you understand and appreciate Russian way from Arkhangelsk to Vladivostok.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780658017964
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/4/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,166,575
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Zita Dabars, Ph.D., is an experienced academic, teacher, and author. She is president of The American Council of Teachers of Russian and has visited Russia more on more than thirty occasions.

Lilia Vokhmina has authored over sixty books and has taught for many years at the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language, Moscow.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Abbreviations 1
2 Advertising 4
3 Approaching Strangers in Public to Ask for Information 5
4 At the Table 6
5 Attracting Someone's Attention 7
6 Babushka, Grandmother 7
7 Ballet and the Russian Theater 8
8 Banya, the Russian Sauna 10
9 Bribery and Blat, "Pull" 11
10 The Calendar 12
11 Celebrations and Holidays 13
12 The Circus 16
13 Clothing 16
14 The Colors Blue and Brown 18
15 Compliments 18
16 Crafts 19
17 Dacha, Country House 19
18 Dating, Marriage, and Divorce 21
19 "Do You Not Know?" 23
20 Education and Upbringing, Obrazovanie and Vospitanie 23
21 Family 27
22 Fibbing, Vranyo 28
23 Flowers 29
24 Foreigners 29
25 Friend, Drug ["Droog"] [actual symbol not reproducible], and Ways to Denote Friendship 31
26 Gestures 32
27 Gifts 33
28 Greetings, Salutations, and Leavetakings 34
29 Gulag (Prison, Exile), the Secret Police, and the KGB 35
30 Health Care 38
31 Housing and Houses 39
32 Hygiene 42
33 Ice and the Purity of Russian Water 43
34 The Intelligentsia 43
35 Introductions 44
36 In the Kitchen 45
37 Letters, Greeting Cards, and Announcements 46
38 Meals and Mealtimes 49
39 Milestones 51
40 Monetary Units 54
41 Mushrooms 54
42 Nekulturno, Uncultured 55
43 Patronymics 55
44 Pensions 56
45 People's Names and Name Days 57
46 Physical Distance and Contact 58
47 Politics and Parties 59
48 Privacy 65
49 Punctuality 65
50 Religion 66
51 Restaurants 68
52 The Russian Language 72
53 Russian Nationality and Citizenship 75
54 The Russian Soul 76
55 The Seasons 77
56 Shopping 78
57 Shortages and Deficiencies 82
58 Slogans 82
59 Sports 83
60 Staring 84
61 Street Names and Addresses 85
62 The "Strong Man" Concept 86
63 Superstitions 86
64 Tea 88
65 Telephone (and Mail) 89
66 Television and Radio 92
67 Temperature 96
68 Time of Day 97
69 Toilets 98
70 Tourist Information 99
71 Transport, Traffic, Accidents, and How to Cope with a Militiaman (Policeman) 108
72 Tsereteli, Zurab Konstantinovich 109
73 Ty and Vy, "You" - Familiar and Formal 111
74 Vacations 112
75 Vodka and Drinking 113
76 Weights and Measures 114
77 Work and Professions 115
Select Bibliography and Additional Readings 119
Select Web Sites 121
Index 127
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    Exactly what I was looking for!

    My husband and I are adopting from Russia and wanted a book that described the different cultural aspects of Russia. This was great! Talked about common baby names, currency, giving gifts in Russia, eating meals, vacation time, etc.

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