Russian smile

Saw comments in one of the forums I regularly read about how Russians rarely seem to smile, compared to Americans, especially on the streets or in unfamiliar company.

The way I understand reasons for this is that a smile in Russian (or rather Soviet) culture is part of conversation. Are you having a conversation with everyone you pass on the street? You don’t even know them.

And even in conversation with someone you know, smile appears where appropriate in the context of conversation. People who smile at everyone all the time are usually percieved as insincere (and also as retards, if in addition to smile they shake their head a lot and have saliva runnung from their mouth)

Published in: on February 27, 2006 at 6:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

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