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Another cultural difference that I’ve noticed is that male-female friendships aren’t common.

Students in my classes have raised their eyebrows more than once when I’ve mentioned spending time with a male friend.

What I do want to say is that, as a financially-independent Western woman, I LOVE that Russian men hold doors open for me and help me off buses. It’s a respectful gesture and it shows that they’re capable of thinking of others.

If nothing else, it is certainly better than having a man yell “nice arse” at me from a car…

It’s also heartwarming to see men helping women with prams, shopping bags/trolleys or whatever else up the stairs, BUT I will admit that I’m suspicious of what my male 14-year-old students are up to when they insist on holding the classroom door open for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE love in all of its glorious forms and will hopefully end up with someone whose first language is not the same as mine.

That said, it can be tiring at times and dating in Russia has demanded a lot more effort and attention than dating in Sweden or Germany. I know it might seem impolite but it’s much better to ask for clarification and to admit defeat than it is to politely giggle and ruin the conversation for the next five minutes.

He speaks in Russian where he thinks I might be able to understand.

It feels a little ridiculous sometimes, to babble to someone the same way a toddler might one minute in one language and then switch back to English a moment later to discuss something substantially more complex than . I’m sure you’ve come across the adage that languages are best learned in the bedroom.

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