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27 Things Only Kids From Russian-Speaking Households Understand

Selyodka pod shuboy, anyone?

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2. The next thing you must do is put on your slippers.

Your family also probably have a bunch of spare slippers in different sizes, for guests.


7. Any grade less than an A was unacceptable.


8. Caviar isn't fancy, it's standard.

In case anyone was wondering how my Russian Thanksgiving was..... We rode bears with Putin and had gallons of caviar


9. You had to learn and recite very long poems as a child.

Maybe also while wearing a large bantik.

10. There is a very high probability you write in cursive, no matter the language.

Russian is always written in cursive (even if that means all the letters look the same), which means your handwriting in all other languages is extra ~fancy~ looking.

11. Birthdays always entail half a dozen very long calls from relatives.

During which they wish you literally every single positive thing that you could wish someone, and you do the same in return, then you spend a further 10 minutes saying goodbye.

12. There is almost always a big pot of soup in the fridge.

Probably borscht.


14. All parties and celebrations start with everyone sitting at a massive table covered in food.

#growinguprussian on Thanksgiving, you wouldn’t even have a turkey just a lot of russian food

16. You also had special, massive crystal glasses and decanters for these events.

19. Then, when everyone is settled, come the inevitable toasts.


They are always incredibly elaborate, with the speaker occasionally forgetting why they're standing up holding up their glass because their anecdote took so long.


22. Any time you're anxious, your mum tells you to have some valerian root.

You probably have a box full of ~special Russian herbal medicine~.

23. You probably have a wall of books.

Книги делятся на два вида: книги на час и книги навсегда.

With the whole works of Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky, of course, but also a load of foreign writers translated into Russian, too.

24. Many of your family members and friends are "engineers".

Tim and Eric / Abso Lutely Productions / Williams Street

Where "engineer" can refer to almost any technical profession:

Programmer? Engineer.

Construction manager? Engineer.

Designer? Engineer.