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Kamis, 09 Januari 2014

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

1. It takes a special kind of person to major in Russian. And by special I mean weird.

If you haven’t noticed, being weird seems to be a prerequisite.
28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

2. There’s a certain look people give you when you tell them you’re majoring in/speak Russian.

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

3. Which then follows with this question:

“Woooow. So what do you plan on doing with that?”
28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

4. Your usual response:

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand
I mean, really, at this point your guess is as good as mine.

5. And on the inside, you’re secretly thinking:

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand
Because we all know that the government jobs are on a halt, trying to go to grad school and become a professor is almost futile because that field is overcrowded, you don’t really want to teach Russian on a high school level, and you can’t go to Russia and teach English there because they hardly pay enough to cover your rent, let alone your student loan payments. So, that doesn’t leave many options.

6. And then they ask you:

“Oh, can you say something in Russian?”
28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

7. And you’re almost tempted to be like:

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

8. When people think St. Basil’s Cathedral is the Kremlin.

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

9. Or when they think Leningrad and St. Petersburg are two different cities.

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

10. Or when they think Moscow and St. Petersburg are right next to each other.

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

11. When you realize this is the evil Russian version of Chuck Norris.

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

12. When you’re obsessed with watching “The Americans”.

When you're obsessed with watching "The Americans".
And you’re counting down the days to season two.

13. When other people call blini pancakes.

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand
And they’re not crepes either. They’re blini.

14. When you know this guy didn’t go through enough beets for borscht…

When you know this guy didn't go through enough beets for borscht...

15. …But these girls did!

...But these girls did!

16. When this needs no further explanation.

When this needs no further explanation.

17. And neither does this one.

And neither does this one.

18. When you hear the word “Vafli”

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

19. If you’ve been to a dacha, you just want to go back.

If you've been to a dacha, you just want to go back.
(And if you haven’t been to one yet, you’re jealous of your friends that have.)

20. Same goes with a banya experience.

Same goes with a banya experience.

21. You’re pretty close to the kids in your department, and the professors are like parents.

You're pretty close to the kids in your department, and the professors are like parents.

22. And when you hear a freshman say “ochen’ da” (translation: “very yes”).

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand
You fix that, and you fix it right away. More like, ochen’ nyet.

23. When writing essays in an intro-level class:

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

24. When writing essays your senior year:

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

25. When getting back a graded test:

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

26. Yeah, being a Russian major can be tough,

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

27. And sometimes it may feel like no one understands us,

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand

28. But deep down, we know we picked the BEST MAJOR EVER!

28 Things Only Russian Majors Understand
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