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My relationship resume is made up of native speakers or ESL speakers with near-native fluency.I am guilty of forgetting that this level of fluency isn’t the norm in Russia and have made more than one assumption of understanding only for it to come back and bite me since I got here. 🙂 I asked my friend if he likes spicy food, he assured me that he does.I’m Australian and I am not yet comfortable jumping off something a little higher than I’d like it to be when my landing space is covered in snow and ice, so it is genuinely helpful.
This means that I do have to be in the right mood if I’m going to be enthusiastic about going on a first date with a stranger with B1 level English where I’m not sold on whether there’s enough chemistry for the date to be worth putting eyeliner on for.
The level of English in Russia isn’t high, so navigating dating and friendships has been a weird combination of the most fun and something that I dread!
I know that combining wine, mime and exaggerated facial expressions goes a long way towards forging lasting and meaningful bonds.
It’s a little more complicated outside of the dating scene.
I’m grateful when a man helps me down from the bus or train.