Will you feel that pain that a Russian does when seeing you in the outdoor shoes at home? Even those Russians who’ve been living in the U.S. for a long time cannot stop surprising of some American habits!
When meeting with Americans, Russians notice they always speak louder than most people. Some attribute this habit to a feeling of freedom and comfort and an indifferent attitude to people out and about
Most Russians prefer home cooked food and it’s not only because of saving money: 85 percent of people think we should restrict the consumption of fast food, snacks, soda, and convenience food. How can one compare a cutlet with puree to a hamburger?
On the other hand, we usually don’t take the decorations down until the end of January, while Americans get rid of them pretty soon after the festivities are over. Many Russians even joke that you're not hardcore if you don't leave your Christmas tree standing until early spring.
The thing is that Russians first celebrate the New Year, then Christmas on Jan. 7, and the Old New Year on Jan. 14. When the holidays are over people tend to forget about the tree.
Oh, a serious faux pas in the eyes of any Russian! We change into slippers or just socks immediately after getting home. If a Russian notices you on his sofa in sneakers their heart will be broken. Luckily, most Russians have an extra pair of slippers (
Tipping waiters is a common thing in Russia, but people only leave a tip if they’re satisfied with the service. Usually, no more than 10 percent and no one will raise their eyebrows if you don’t leave anything at all. Lavish tips for waiters, taxi drivers, maids, and doorkeepers in the U.S. sometimes really confuse Russians.
Americans like everything to be as big as possible, from cars to portions in restaurants (and huge tips after service, of course). Russians respect such breadth of the soul but sometimes they are puzzled when they see a huge one-gallon container of milk (four liters – this is four times bigger than in Russia), a half-gallon dishwashing liquid container (Russians just cannot comprehend this) or a pizza with a half-meter diameter (is it for the whole family?).
Due to precedent law, businesses try to remove the possibility of court cases with warnings. Russians are surprised by public cases about a client who burned with the "too hot coffee" in the café as there was no warning. Or warnings that scissors are sharp and they can cut...just in case you didn’t know. By the way, coffee is hot! But sadly these warnings are necessary because people can really sue for next to nothing.
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