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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 3:14 AM

The meaning of a smile? Why do Russians smile so seldom?

1. Smile is Russian communication is not a sign of politeness.
2. Russian people do not smile at strangers.
3. It is not typical to Russian to give a smile in return.
4. It is not typical for Russian to smile at a person whose eyes you met with your eyes by chance. Americans smile in such a case but Russians turn off their eyes.
5. Russians don't smile altogether looking at babies or pets.
6. A Russian smile is a sign of personal attraction.
7. Russians do not smile when working or doing something serious.
8. Russian smile is sincere. It is the expression of either high spirits or a good attitude to a partner.
9. A smile of a Russian person should have a sufficient reason.
10. The only worthy reason of a smile in Russian communication is the wealth of a smiling person.
11. It is not typical for the Russian communicational culture to smile in order to cheer up or make others cheer up. A Russian person will hardly smile without evident wealth or very high spirits.
12. In a pure Russian consciousness a smile need a proper time for appearing. It is considered an independent action, which is very often unnecessary and annoying. Another Russian proverb says, "Business takes time, fun takes an hour".
13. A smile should fit the situation from the point of view of the people around.
14. Russians do not really distinguish between a smile and laughter. They often mix up these two phenomena.

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AveValencia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
This explains a lot of youtube videos.
Honey-Hime Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
#8 is ..hmm true in a way I guess.High spirits towards being completely smug and wanting the receiver of said smile to feel like they are losing some game they are playing? O-k.

(Sorry,from personal experience with a Russian)
Not a positive one.
MeganEliMoon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Learned something new today. ^_^
JosueM7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Now this mexican knows something about Russia's people.
Gotta check this in my "travel to Russia"
Спасибо o_o
Tomoe-chi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Не за что
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