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News and Travel in Russia / Re: The Soviet Superplane still amazing
« Last post by Sennaya on September 30, 2011, 12:30:10 PM »
That's pretty amazing, would make a cool sci-fi craft movie. I bet Admiral would be flying it if he were alive today.
News and Travel in Russia / Re: How Americans are Creating a Great Education - in Russia!
« Last post by Sennaya on September 30, 2011, 12:14:20 PM »
Nice story. I have thought for a while that this "no child left behind" program that really is teach how to take tests so teachers can keep their jobs programs is basically a foolish idea.

Turning out great citizens who are empowered to live productive lives in America or Russia sounds so much better.
[b][url=]How Americans are Creating a Great Education - in Russia![/url][/b]

"Charles Heberle (former Colonel in US army and a NATO man), developed a full-fledged curriculum to for American public schools, K-12.  His program,  "You the People," is based on America's Founding Fathers' philosophy, the Declaration of Independence, and the American Constitution. 

In 2001 Charles Heberle received an email from Russia which said, "We have studied your American website and want to know if your program, "You The People," could be adapted to Russia's reality? "

What has ensued is a model American program for eduction being implemented in Petrozavodsk, Russia!

The Petrozavodsk teachers are teaching and refining the program on a volunteer basis after losing their minimal funding. When asked why they do what they do, they answered, "because the program and the children give us hope," and "because it makes teaching more exciting."

It's a positive, patriotic and inspiring program that deserves more attention in the USA.
To learn more about the program:

In order to advance the Democratic teaching in Russia they could use our help:

Read the story from [b]Russia: Other Points of Views[/b]
News and Travel in Russia / Antonio banderas Puss in Boots ion Moscow, Russia
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on September 28, 2011, 08:46:22 PM »
Antonio banderas Puss in Boots ion Moscow, Russia
[b]Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas in Moscow for a presentation of their animated adventure film ‘Puss in Boots’.[/b]

Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas in Moscow for  their animated adventure film ‘Puss in Boots’.  Journalists gathered on the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton in Moscow to interview the pair.
Sochi Olympics 2014 / Sochi Krasnypolyana construciton in full swing
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on September 14, 2011, 01:51:53 AM »
The Sochi 2014 Olympics - Krasnypolyana construction is in full swing.

Here is a view of some of the facilities that are shaping up and an impressive view from on top where only the ski lift is operating with a big Sberbank sign on top.

Survival tips and local custom / Privet! Privacy in Russia
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on August 09, 2011, 09:41:42 PM »
When I first was learning Russian and received an email titled Privet!  I thought it was a sensitive private message.  Private!

I never received a message titled "Lichnyi!"  :)

Survival tips and local custom / Privacy in Russia
« Last post by Mariria on July 17, 2011, 07:46:02 PM »
It is no surprise that the word “privacy” is one of the most difficult words to translate.
Let's talk about the concept of privacy in Russian culture, and the word "privacy" in Russian.

Standards of privacy often concerned.

[b]Touching[/b] is very important and NOT acceptable in formal settings especially between the members of the opposite sex and would be probably viewed as unwarranted familiarity. If you accedentally touched someone, you must appologise. As a rule, handshakes are more typical for men than for women (not at all usually) though presently more and more business and professional women follow the suit of shaking hands. In general, even women in professional settings are treated more gallantly than in the West where women might take it as a sign of gender discrimination. In Russia, if a lady is getting off the bus, it is impolite not to offer a hand but usually to the ones you know or wish to know.  )

There is no word for 'privacy' in Russian language; therefore the notion of social space is much closer in Russia.

Until very recently, Russian had no single word for privacy. At the present time the word "[b]privatnost'[/b]" is used primarily in legal language, and not in everyday conversation. The adjective "private" could always be translated either as "chastnyi" (applied most often to business, property, or to an individual operating on his or her own, outside of an organization), or "lichnyi," "personal."

"Lichnyi" is common in conversational Russian, for example "Stay out of this, it's my personal (lichnyi) business!" In the nineteenth century, the word "privatnyj," a calque from French, was used to contrast with the word "kazennyi" meaning "belonging to the state." In contemporary conversational Russian, a complaint about the lack of privacy—say, in a dormitory, where you can't invite guests so that nobody knows about it—can sound like this "I have no private/personal (lichnyi) life." At the same time the five-volume History of Private Life (1987-91; in French as Historie de la vie privée; 1985-87) by Airès and Duby, devoted to the evolution of privacy as a cultural phenomenon, is called in Russian "A History of Private (chastnyi) Life."

In the Russian language of the Soviet period these two words were in opposition: "chastnyi" was pejorative, in contrast to "social/communal," while "lichnyi" (personal) was neutral. So, for example, in the Soviet period "personal property" was permissible, while "private property," when not altogether illegal, was subject to severe restrictions. "Private ownership of means of production" was illegal. To the extent that apartments, cars, or dachas were items of private use by their owners they were classified as "lichnyi" property; were they to be used for profit, they would likely transfer to the illegal category of "chastnyi" property. Means of production in a socialist society had to be owned communally (by the state).
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Re: May 1: Workers Day
« Last post by Eugene5 on June 20, 2011, 02:41:00 PM »
As we know that the May 1 is the worker day and its also known as the Labor day. The main purpose to celebrate this day is to we should fulfill the rights of the workers and this world is celebrated all across the world. Happy Labor Day
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Re: Maslenitsa is an ancient holiday
« Last post by jill52nabi on June 18, 2011, 03:34:13 PM »
Nice post!!! and loved the event Maslenitsa. Attended the event many a times.
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