Why are Russians so unfriendly?

Making friends in Moscow
Making friends in Moscow

In the Russian language there are several words that are used to convey the degree of familiarity you have with someone. Here are some of them:

Chuzhoy (чужой) – A stranger
Znakomiy (знакомый) – An acquaintance
Blizkiy Znakomiy (близкий знакомый) – A close acquaintance
Priyatel (приятель) – A close acquaintance
Droog (друг) – Friend
Tovarisch (товарищ) – Friend, business associate, slang, a bit old-school.
Blizkiy Drug (близкий друг) – Close friend
Svoy Chelovek (свой человек) – “Our person” -the closest degree
Now, the richness of the Russian language allows us to see how one must climb the ladder of familiarity in order to be a true friend. This takes time. Don’t give up. It’s worth the climb.


Originally published on June 21st, 2014

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