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  1. Erm... well I've been on disability benefits the whole time since finishing uni (mental health stuff again) and haven't been looking for a job, so I'm probably not the best person to answer that. On the whole though I believe Russian is a pretty good language to have under your belt - it's relevant to business, politics, cultural spheres etc. so there are a lot of areas to go into. Also Russia has a great demand for native speakers of English, so finding a job over there shouldn't be too difficult once you've got to a certain level of Russian.
  2. No problem, it's been a while since I talked to anyone about Russia, so it just sort of all came gushing out.

    I can see why you'd be interested in Russia from a photographic point of view - it's both beautiful and hideous in equal proportions! :lol:

    It gets pretty hot in the summer in most places (even in Siberia!), and also you've got to remember that it's a massive country - places like Sochi in the South are famously hot and really popular holiday destinations within Russia. And the winter isn't all bad - I was always greatly amused by the 'beware of falling icicles' signs in St Petersburg that had pictures of little stick-men being impaled.

    I wouldn't say that Russians are particularly rude (except for female cashiers for some reason :erm:), just they tend to be a lot more blunt/honest about their emotions. So if they've never met you before they're not going to pretend to be pleased to meet you if they're not, but once you've got to know them and there's genuine affection between you it's a completely different story.

    Definitely. :yep: I really recommend listening to Russian audiobooks as a language-learning tool, even if you don't understand half of what they're saying it's still nice to listen to. Also if you get one of the classics that you've already read you can mostly follow along anyways.
  3. I also picked up a ton of second-hand books (half of which I still need to read) for really cheap, and even new books are way cheaper than in Britain. Which brings us on nicely to the other famously cheap stuff... booze! Aisle after aisle in the supermarket is taken up by vodka, beer and other drink. You can get all different flavours of vodka (although I believe Poland does even more kinds) like birch, catkin, garlic and chilli (:yucky:), etc. And there are a few types of booze we don't get over here - my favourite was medovukha, which was a sort of honey beer (a little like mead, but way sweeter, like drinking fizzy alcoholic honey :drool:), and kvas is interesting too - I had some really nice stuff from a market stall, but the stuff from the supermarket was horrible. I also once tried what can only be described as 'fizzy milk' but I don't think that originated from Russia.

    So that's a few random impressions of Russia, hope you found it interesting. I can also have a go at answering any questions you have about studying Russian at uni if you're planning on that (I was at Manchester, but I know vaguely the reputations of a few other unis as well, like that UCL is amazing for Russian, but insanely hard [have to write your entire dissertation in the language! :afraid:]).
  4. Hey.

    Russia was (mostly) awesome - I stayed in Petrozavodsk, near the Finnish border, for three months, and St Petersburg for four. The language was a pretty difficult barrier to get past, but enjoyable at the same time - except when evil old ladies shouted you on trolleybuses or in shops.

    I think one of the things that impressed me most about Russia was their level of culture - your average person was very literate and had read way more classic literature compared to UK people, and there were a lot of cheap theatre productions or classical music concerts you could go to. Their education system is in many ways better to ours (although sadly in recent years the government has been reversing this), and students are generally way more dedicated to their studies.

    I also loved the food! Most of the other British students hated it, but I thought it was yumsk. Lots of tasty soups, raw fish for breakfast (Petrozavodsk is on the shore of the second-biggest lake in Europe, so you get lots of fish there), and a surprising amount of sushi. I also got to go mushroom-picking in the forest with my landlady which was great, apart from the mosquitoes and all the poisonous mushrooms I picked (none of which we actually ate once the landlady's mum had declared them all unfit).

    St Petersburg was amazing too, although I was suffering from mental health problems at that point, so enjoyed my time a bit less. There's a whole ton of stuff to do there though - I went to the Hermitage museum almost every week for a wander and always saw something new (if you go to Russia try and get a Russian student card, it'll get you in for free to a bazillion different places, including the Hermitage which would otherwise cost you ~£20), and the house museums are also worth a visit - you can go see Dostoevsky's old house (complete with his hand-rolled cigarettes and his wife's abacus!), or the Anna Akhmatova one is good too.

    Oops, message too long...
  5. Ignore all the replies in the thread you made about approaching women in the street. It is socially unconventional, sure. But creepy? Yes and no. For some they might feel as though it is creepy, others, maybe not so much. If you are referring to yourself, asking for approval to approach women in the street is needy in itself. Would you consider yourself to be creepy?
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  7. Wow I just went through your threads and you are like a mirror image of me man. I think we have some confidence issues when it comes to girls Let's work on it.
  8. Hi there
    My degree was an arts degree, film and tv studies. I did my dissertation on Korean cinema, so even in that course I still explored other cultures and was itching to experience it for real.
  9. hey this is to answer your question about what my sig is meant to represent. Basically it's a joke picture. In real life that wall exists to honour those who died in an American war, I THINK from the vietnam war but I'm not certain, I used to know but it's slipped my mind. An artist made a picture of that wall with someone putting their hand on it and the spirits of dead soldiers putting their hand on that persons hand. So instead it's been drawn by someone in a Star Wars theme, sort of making out it's Darth Vader remembering his dead soldiers. I just thought it was an amusing picture really but quite clever.
  10. ummm not really sure, It will never actually touch the square and become 4 but it approaches it.

    Try it on a piece of paper accurately.

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