Questions Russians ask Foreigners and Why


My experience as a foreigner in Russian is one that has proven few things I heard about them, before my arrival to Russia, wrong. It is interesting to know that, foreigners in Russia are with different stories about the country.

Russians are popularly considered to be racists by so many people. The accusation seems right from the view of some foreigners, and it’s a baseless statement to others. Having looked through few opinions, I am of the conclusion that racism in Russia could be based on cities, or the extent in which some foreigners relate with them, or the kind of deals foreigners make with Russians.


Nevertheless, I will not be dwelling on that today. In this article, I will like to share my experience with Russians from the perspective of the nature of questions they always ask foreigners.

This is not just my personal experience, but other foreigners experiences were gathered from  different cities, such as; Moscow, Tyumen, Kazan, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk, and St. Petersburg. In addition, two Russians were interviewed to know why they always ask my highlighted 6 questions.

Master these questions as you are planning for your next trip to Russian federation. Foreigners in Russia may not be asked these questions one after the other, but be rest assured that 4 out of any 7 questions is certain.

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Question 1: What is your name?

Why? I agree, it’s an interesting question. You know, I always like to call a person by his name and pronounce the name correctly. So, I am always forced to know the name, if possible, before we start conversation.

Question 2: How old are you?

Why? Interesting question) In fact, I often ask it myself. And the reason… I do not even know… Probably to understand the kind of person I am about to deal with. Yes, it is important I know his age and level of maturity for me to know what to discuss with such person. That’s probably why)

Question 3: Where are you from?

Why do we ask foreigners what city they are from? We are interested, curious, to know, because the color of the skin (shows) black, we have white. So we ask you, what country did you come from? Where were you born?

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Other questions include;

Question 4: How long have you been here?

Why? I ask this question to know how much a person has managed to get acquainted with the culture, city as a whole, and climate. Based on these, I can assume what topics to discuss with him or her.

Question 5: How is your weather there?

Why? After we find out what city you’re from, we wonder what the weather is like there? Hot or warm, or cold, or snow, as we have, for example. We are interested and ask the question, what is your weather?

Question 6: Do you have a Russian girlfriend?

Why do we ask foreigners if they have a Russian girlfriend? We ask this question because we are interested in how they get to know our girls. For instance, there are white girls, there are black girls, there are also white and black guys… The question is, how does a black guy meet a Russian white girl? That’s why we’re ask.

In conclusion, be prepared for these top 6 questions Russians ask foreigners, if you are planning to visit Russia as a tourist, student or worker, for instance.


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