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Helping Your Russian Bride Handle Culture Shock

3. December 2009 by Administrator 0 Comments

Bringing a Russian bride to your country is both exciting and scary. A clash of cultures is part of the assimilation process. You take big grocery stories for granted. Women iin North America throw on jeans and a tee shirt and run out the door with wet hair in a ponytail. Many people take cars everywhere. And what the heck is Wal-Mart, anyway?


That, and a loss of family ties will make for a big adjustment. Be ready!   


She's gaining, but also losing

Russian women are fiercely loyal to their blood families, and their social lives revolve around loved ones. Remember, if you and your Russian lady decide to marry, she will be leaving that family, as well as culture, language and lifestyle behind to sink or swim in yours. Make up your mind to make her feel at ease as soon as possible.


Easy adjustment takes hard work

You will probably both share a lot of information about your countries and local customs in your emails and chats. Keep in mind that the more you can tell her, the better. Look through these tips to help you both adjust to a new life together:

  • Send pictures! When you become a Silver, Gold or Platinum member, you can send her pictures of your hometown and landmarks. Don't assume she can find out these things on the Internet: She may not ecen own her own computer, and her time using the agency's shared computers is limited.
  • Tell her about how you live, not just where. Life in big cities, suburbs and rural towns are very different. Which type of environment does your lady come from? How can you prepare her for life in your corner of the world?
  • Dispel inaccurate stereotypes perpetuated by the media about your culture. Americans don't all carry guns or live like the folks on Jerry Springer. Aussies don't spend their days hiking the outback and wrestling crocodiles.   
  • When she comes to your country, let her adjust at her own pace and hold on to customs that are comfortable. Russian women tend to dress up more than North American women, for example. Their educationis more formal and less feel-good.  
  • Give her a taste of home whenever possible. Plan on phone calls to her family back home. See if there's a Russian or Ukrainian cultural club near you.
  • Look into English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Let her put her own decorating touches on your home.
  • Embrace cross-culturalism! Educate yourself and your circle about your Russian bride. Try to learn her language and culture. blogs are a good place to start. Tell your family and friends as much as possible about your new bride and where she comes from. 


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