Read the text «Russian character».
There are plenty of amazing things in Russia. But the truth is that this country is the most famous for its people. To understand Russian people, one must know from where they come. Nature has not been kind to Russia. Winters in Russia are cold, windy and snowy. So in old Russia people could do little during long winter months.
But in spring there was a lot to be done, and in a short period of time. Perhaps, this explains why the Russians are often inactive for long periods of time and then show bursts of energy. Severe climate of the country is one of the reasons why Russians are strong and deal with hardships with dignity. Climate has made them careful, yet Russians are friendly and open. They are neither shy nor standoffish. Russian people love a nice long talk, having guests and have fun at parties. The Russians are well-known for their hospitality. Following old traditions, Russians always welcome their guests with bread and salt that are believed to be the symbol of life-giving food.
Living in Russia has never been easy, but Russians have always been proud of their country and sincerely loved it. They have always been loyal to their Homeland, fighting for independence and peace against enemies. We can’t say that the Russians are conservative. On the contrary, they encourage research and innovation. Still, there are a lot of customs and traditions in their life. For example, before leaving on a journey, many Russian people sit down quietly together for a few minutes. Russian people are clever and talented. We can name a lot of outstanding.
Russians who are well-known all over the world. And we can say that we are a nation that has done a lot for the world civilization. When foreign guests leave Russia, they usually say different things about the country. Some of them like it, others don’t. But practically everybody agrees that Russian people are wonderful. They are friendly, kind and very hospitable.
Write true or false:
1. To understand Russian people, one must know from where they come —
2. Russians always welcome their guests with bread and sugar. —
3. The writer thinks that when foreign guests leave Russia, they usually say different things about the country —