These days, international marriages are something that is not uncommon and there are a large number of happy couples that have successfully gone through the years of living together despite spouses’ different nationalities and cultures. Seeking abroad gives western men a good chance to find a woman of dreams and, for many of them, looking towards the east was the best option to accomplish their goals. Russian women are widely regarded as the most caring and faithful wives and it is no wonder that they have already made many western bachelors happy. Though the internet and globalization are currently gradually erasing cultural differences between people, some are still left, and if you are going to date your prospective Russian bride, learning them in advance will greatly help you win her heart. Taking a deep dive into any culture is no longer a major problem today — a plethora of available web resources are ready to assist you in familiarizing yourself with national cuisine, geography, history and a political situation, and this erudition will let you be well prepared for keeping up conversations and making small talks. To avoid writing a long novel, let us just consider a couple of examples that clarify the importance of being aware of cultural features and how it may work for building relationships.
The first example is that a Russian woman has many names. No, these are not multiple second names as you might think. Unlike Latinos, Russian and Ukrainian women do not have second names at all, though they have patronymics. These names are diminutive forms, also known as hypocorisms. Each name is intended for its own specific situation and wrong usage may sound very awkward or even offensive, while correct one will help become closer. For instance, the given name ‘Elena’ has many diminutive variants including ‘Lena’, ‘Lenochka’, ‘Elenochka’, ‘Alyonushka’, ‘Alyona’, ‘Lenusik’, ‘Lenchik’, ‘Lenok’, ‘Lenushka’, ‘Elenushka’, ‘lyolechka’ etc. It is almost like `Jim' — `Jimmy' — `James', but with the only difference that the Russian diminutives are very informal and only close friends or relatives can use them. Learn them all and you will definitely impress her.
Another shining example is that despite being pragmatic, Russian single women still believe in fairy tales. Scarlet Sails, a love story written by Alexander Grin, had been the iconic book for many generations of Russian girls and had a remarkable cultural influence. The story is about the young maiden who has a dream of a prince coming on a ship with scarlet sails to take her away, and how one day her dream comes true. Of course, you are not required to pretend to be a prince, but Russian brides expect you to be confident, romantic and to act like a gentleman. They just hope to get a reliable partner with whom they wish to sail away from gray days to the wonderful coast to spend a life full of colors and happiness.
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