Why Russian do not smile?
• Why Russian do not smile?
The well-known linguist to uncover the secrets of the famous Russian unsmiling.
Foreigners are constantly told that the Russian - a surprisingly unsmiling people, write about it in blogs and guidebooks, ask in person, tell all your friends and acquaintances. Indeed, we smile much less other nationalities, but, as it turned out, we do it has its reasons.
Renowned scientist, Professor Iosif Sternin calls one of the peculiarities of the Russian character household unsmiling and explains it to several factors.
Here are excerpts from the article linguist, which sheds light on some of the strangeness of the mysterious Russian soul.
1. smile in Russian communication is not courtesy signal. Western smiles while greeting mean pure politeness. The more a person smiles the more friendliness he wants to show his partner. Constant polite smile is called in Russian "duty smile" and is considered a sign of a bad person, a manifestation of his insincerity, secrecy, unwillingness to find true feelings. Russian smile - is a sign of personal sympathy, not polite. 2. The Russian did not smile at strangers. Smile in Russian communication is addressed mainly familiar. That is why the saleswoman did not smile at customers - they do not know them. If the buyer is familiar saleswoman, she told him definitely smiles!
3. Russian atypically smiling back. If the Russian sees smiling him / her to a stranger, he will undoubtedly seek the reason of fun. Maybe something in his / her clothing or hairstyle made this type so much fun.
4. To Russian smiled, it should be sufficient for this reason obvious to others. It gives a person the right to smile - from the point of view of others. The Russian language has a unique saying that is not in other languages, "Laughter for no reason - sign fool."
5. Russian unsmiling man (it is unsmiling, not gloom - Russian for the most fun, cheerful and witty) and supported by Russian folklore, where we find a lot of sayings and proverbs "against the" laughter and jokes. Of Vladimir Dal Dictionary "Proverbs of the Russian people" - joke to no good arguments. - And laughter leads to sin. - And laughter, and sin. - Sometimes laughter cry responds. - there is no truth in jest. - The joke does not lead to good. 6. Russian is not accepted to smile while on duty, when performing any serious business. For example, customs officers at airports never smile because busy serious business. This feature is unique Russian smile.
7. Russian smile is intended to be only sincere, it is regarded as a sincere expression of good mood or position to the other party.
So, if you smile a foreigner - it does not mean anything, he was taught to smile at everyone, and if the Russian smiled, it was because that really wanted it.