I would like to share with you this. Maybe I'm very naiv, but...I think this is credible
The Russian word "нормальный" is "average" in English, not "normal", i.e. all others are "abnormal".
Tomas Verner was bashed in similar case for the use of the Czech word "normální" when he said he wasn't gay.
@olyphil Such "translations" are either politically engaged or you are fools who know nothing except the globe of America.
I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.
If "нормальный" (normalnyi) is the Russian for "average", what is the Russian word for "normal"? lolThe Russian word "нормальный" is "average" in English, not "normal", i.e. all others are "abnormal".
Former British javelin thrower Goldie Sayers wins "Snarky tweet of the day" award:
It appears Isinbayeva's English is much improved overnight. Did she invest in a Rosetta Stone DVD?
Ha! Excellent Goldie.
And good 'ole Rosetta Stone.
This is why it's such a hard issue to navigate. If you are going to be aggressive and tell Russians they are stupid and backward, you are going to achieve exactly the opposite result. They will feel attacked and their attitudes are going to get entrenched even further.
And then of course you also have another mechanism which is very common everywhere. Scapegoating. Using "the other" as a distraction tool (another example: US' "war on terror").
There is also a very worrying ignorance to your post. You have been to the Soviet Union 27 years ago and it is a very different country now. Also, what you have seen was a small anecdotal sample, which can't really be generalised.
I could provide you numerous examples that - if taken out of the context - could show Russia being much more "advanced" (whatever that even means) than the West.
For example, Russia currently has the best figure skating training facilities in the world, by far. And no other country seems to have a system that's as robust and where athletes get so much support. Everything is provided and paid for, including your lunch, when you are a nationally ranked skater.
If you're rich and you go to Russia you will find out that probably no other place in the world has so much luxury and opulence and such a big industry dedicated to entertaining the elite. A friend of mine saw the "rich" side of Moscow and it has left them speechless. It was incredible, jaw-dropping and they've never seen anything like it.
Of course you can't generalise those two things because there are also numerous issues that Russia is facing. But to perceive it in an entirely negative light is missing out on the bigger picture.
And on a final note, you do realise that Russia has an immense contribution to culture? Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, Tarkovsky, I could go on and on.
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ha-ha, yes. Moscow is the most expensive city in Europe and the third most expensive city in the world.
Look at it PairSk8Fan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4UK1eQW4-s Moscow is a luxury city.
Who was there, says Moscow really never sleeps..
Which I suppose only goes to show that Russia is a more developed country in terms of average living standard than Germany or France or The Netherlands.Moscow is the most expensive city in Europe and the third most expensive city in the world.
Speaking of Russian elites, I would really like to know what Tarasova, Moskvina etc think about the law under discussion here. Too bad TSL can't interview them too. But wait, Russian journalists can, right?And on a final note, you do realise that Russia has an immense contribution to culture? Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, Tarkovsky, I could go on and on.
Two Olympic-Bound NHLers Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Laws
Expect a lot more of this in the coming months. Hockey is the marquee sport of the Winter Olympics, and NHL players are the only winter athletes we're familiar with on a regular basis. Once the season starts, they're going to regularly be asked their thoughts on the matter. Some, like Hedman and Zetterberg, will criticize Russia. Others, like Henrik Lundqvist, will refuse comment. The real fun will come when reporters corner the NHL's Russian stars.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yeah the press will be asking the Malkins and ovechkins all the time! There has been a huge exodus to khl but there are enough so the Russian NHLers will either condemn immediately or try to "no comment" their way as long as possible!
Hockey is the marquee sport of the winter Olympics? Who the hell are these people?
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In terms of overall development, Germany, The Netherlands and France consistently place in the top 10, whereas Russia is not there yet. Moscow and St. Petersburg may be bustling, but for the most part, the rest of the country significantly lags behind. All this aside, I don't really see any relevance between the cost of living in Moscow and the topic of this thread.
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