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18 household features in exile that Russians cannot get used to


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Accustomed to living within the framework of one culture, we hardly believe that it might occur to someone else to live in any other way. Moreover, it is unexpected and fun to suddenly encounter habits and concepts of other nationalities that are different from ours.

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Редакция reluctantly re-read the blogs of Russian emigrants and the revelations of lovers of foreign cultures, and now shares with you the facts that surprised us ourselves.

South Korea

Rice and kimchi are so dearly beloved component of traditional cuisine that Koreans acquire additional equipment for their sake. So, in a Korean apartment you can easily find two refrigerators: one ordinary and one specifically for kimchi.

The “rice question” is also vital. A proper rice cooker should maintain ideal cooking conditions and store rice without loss of freshness and taste. Often, Koreans who leave for work or study in another country will certainly pack a precious device in a bag. Technology in this area is constantly evolving, but the Koreans are not keen to save on the quality of the rice cooker.


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As in some other Asian countries, the inhabitants of Korea have two ages: “eastern” and “western”. “Western” is used mainly in legislation and legal proceedings; "Eastern" - in everyday life. The latter is calculated from the beginning of the lunar New Year in February and is not tied to the immediate date of birth. For example, if a child was born in January, then he will automatically turn one year old, and in February there will already be two, despite the fact that physically he will be only a few weeks old.

Your blood type may be of interest not only to the doctor, but even to the person you just met. The question is essentially similar to “Who are you in the zodiac?” Koreans are convinced that the type of blood determines personal qualities, and want to know how high your compatibility is.

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Japanese kindergarten, according to some immigrants, is an ideal place for a child, but an additional headache for parents. On the one hand, children are in the hands of truly loving and caring educators, they often go to nature, go to theaters and play sports actively. On the other hand, every day you need to bring your cutlery, towel, napkins, mugs and a thermos into the garden; Once a week, take lunch with you and take away special fabric slippers for washing. In addition, for each event there is a list of necessary items with which parents must provide their child in advance.

The habit that gaijins (foreigners) can hardly get rid of is talking on the train, especially at rush hour. On the train, people are usually immersed in books or phones, and if they talk, it is very small and quiet, because they do not want to distract the attention of others. This rule is unspoken, but traditionally enforced.

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Active Italian gestures are known throughout the world, but few know that Japanese speech is largely composed of non-verbal communication, which representatives of other cultures do not immediately begin to notice. Ignoring these gestures seems rude to the Japanese, and speech without their use is not expressive enough.

For example, this gesture means something expensive or just a large amount of money (“Have you bought a new car? Probably, it is <wow how expensive>”).

And they use it when they talk about a person who is arrogant or has become, as they say, a big shot ("My cousin has recently been promoted to general, and now he is like that ...").


Here, as in several other European countries, specific laws apply to rental housing. For example, according to the “winter” law, a landlord cannot evict a tenant from November 1 to March 31 under any circumstances: neither in case of non-payment, nor even by a court decision. Because no matter how malicious the deadbeat your tenant may be, leaving a person in the winter without a roof over his head is unacceptable.

Pupils are officially forbidden to use mobile phones in schools, while parents are generally more calm about school performance and do not consider it a disaster if the child stays for the second year.

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According to the observation of the Russian French, locals do not share the mass enthusiasm for photography and rarely order photo sessions. They are ready to invest in wedding photography, but they don’t understand who would think of ordering family or New Year’s photo shoots, let alone love story.

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In England there is no concept of provincialism in our understanding of the word. The “center-outskirts” contrast does not work here, and there is nothing special in being an indigenous Londoner. Historically, it was precisely in the city that those who had to work a lot lived, while the wealthy nobility lived in suburban estates.
The province in this country are considered specific regions, for example, the north of England.

If we had to quietly envy classmates whom parents took with them during the school year, the English students were less fortunate: parents would have to pay a fine of 60 to 120 pounds (approximately 75-150 dollars) for such a vacation. It is believed that such family absences adversely affect academic performance and create unnecessary trouble for teachers who have to explain missing material.

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To order tea without milk is almost impossible. It does not depend on the expensiveness of the restaurant and, according to the observations of emigrants, even on your personal request, the tradition of milk black tea is so firmly rooted here that you will be served it for granted.

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The Russian resident of Rapallo, Liguria, appreciated the local logic, when they had to pay the bills for the light in a tobacco shop - tobacco. And if you were fined and didn’t manage to pay the bill on time, you’ll have to notify the company about the payment to restore connection as soon as possible ... by fax.

In Italian restaurants, the role of owner, director, administrator, cook and waiter is often played by the same person or several family members. Singing karaoke, turning on some music channel and dancing even during the holidays is not accepted. All attention at the table should be given to the meal and a little less to conversation.

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Italians wear sunglasses year-round. Both men and women have several pairs of them. Representatives of the stronger sex are not afraid of clothing colors that are juicy and atypical in our understanding: bright yellow trousers, a scarlet shirt or a pink jumper are not uncommon in the Italian wardrobe. Another distinguishing feature is the crazy love of tanning: from May to November, local residents try to “absorb” as much sun as possible and sunbathe to a rich chocolate shade.


A number of professions can be called typically Swiss, since they do not surprise anyone here. Let's say your dog may have a crisis, and then she will need the services of a dog psychologist, and if she gets lost at the airport, another special specialist will be engaged in her search. Here you can find the masters of a snow bike or an alpine horn, an alpine cheese maker and a mountain train driver.

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Everyone has a home bar, and the Swiss turn to it quite often. Pear brandy (williams) and cherry vodka (kirsch) are among the favorite drinks.

Even with friends, meetings are planned in advance, in about 2 – 3 months. When entering a new house, it is really customary to get acquainted with the neighbors, and by all the rules. To personally ring the door of each neighbor and call for a small party is a bad manners. You can invite a person verbally if you encounter him in the yard, but this does not cancel the required notification by e-mail or regular mail.

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