Not so with Russians for whom friendship is all encompassing and connotes a special relationship. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, when asked about the difference between Russian and American friendships, replied, » In Russia, because the society has been so closed, you’re sharing your insides with your friends. Your views on society. Political points of view. It’s a small circle of people whom you trust. And you get so attached. Talking with friends becomes your second nature. A need. Like, at 4 o’clock a.m. without a phone call your friend can come to your house, and you’re up and putting the teapot on. That kind of friendship.» Читать далее →
Yale Richmond, the author of the brilliant book «From Nyet to Da. Understanding the Russians», opens his book with the words of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich: «I have never met anyone who understood Russians». Further on the author quotes Winston Churchill, who in 1939 described Russia as «a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma». The latter quotation is echoed by the well-known Russian poet Fyodor Tyutchev, as like follows: Читать далее →
Данный урок посвящен теме «Россия и русские». Это первая часть плана-урока. Смотрите ниже ссылки на следующие части урока.
1. Ask students to make up a list of «strengths» and «weacknesses» of the Russian people before your presentation of the lecture. During a teacher’s lecture they can mark the features being mentioned by a teacher; Читать далее →