Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml en-gb 30 Fri 31 Jul 2015 22:42:06 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml Francis Boima http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=97#comment34 Indeed Russian humour cuts like a blade in the literary terms like you have put it and even in reality as it cuts into the lives of ordinary minority ethnics which you as a Russian sometimes do with your chastooshkas and sometimes FM stations, like russkaya radio and others, laughing at other nationalities as a joke and even your "skazkas" about "Don't go to Africa for a work" and your "chernomazovksky" expression for all that is black and from Africa, causing "pains and athritis" for all those kids born here in Russia to parents of African and Russian marriages.I cannot but really laugh at the suggestion that "Russian Mat" is fun, knowing fully well that there are certain regions where even the authorities are trying all their best to stop this phenomenon by introducing fines, Belgorod, for instance, the reason being that it is just another way of degrading the society and making it a lot more uncivilized - that is the use of "Russian Mat" in every day language. There is nothing amusing about making the subject of laughter a matter of another race but you do this and get away with by saying it is a joke, i only want to amuse you, why not about yourself? Fri 24 Jun 2011 14:11:41 GMT+1 Emat from Kazakhstan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=94#comment33 Hi Dearest Olga, Jan, Marina, Svetlana and all other girls from ex-USSR!I congratulate you on the 8 March, the International Women's Day! I Wish you good luck and great love in your lives!See you,Emat Tue 08 Mar 2011 21:04:00 GMT+1 amel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=91#comment32 hi, every one i want just tell you i like russian people Fri 04 Mar 2011 23:23:50 GMT+1 Sami_jeeran http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=88#comment31 Good luck Fri 04 Mar 2011 15:14:57 GMT+1 huyanping http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=85#comment30 i love your blog, i love your picture too.i am your student,i hope you are my teacher.good bye! Wed 02 Mar 2011 06:00:09 GMT+1 metin1981 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=82#comment29 hi, everybody, how are you today..:) Wed 23 Feb 2011 14:43:58 GMT+1 MagdalenaN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=80#comment28 Hi Everybody! It`s my first post on this website. I`m very happy that I joined to your bbc learning group of friends. Olga, I admire your fluency in English and ligtness of writing. I hope that this website and Everybody help me improve my English! Best wishes, Magdalena (Poland) Tue 22 Feb 2011 10:03:55 GMT+1 brendanstallard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=77#comment27 Hey Olga,I write robot/human romances, and in the latest one in order to spice up part of the dialog I brought in a Russian computer programmer.The programmer was cussing out the Robot when they woke it up, and started off calling it, "Wed'ma Tvar" and there were a host of other words I cannot use here.Then of course, as these romances go, they fell in love, and she became the, "Malyh Wed'ma."It was the most tremendous fun learning how to pronounce the words. I asked some Russian friends of mine and it was the dismissive way they said "Wed'ma Tvar," that I got the meaning. The Russian actually helped with the writing.Russian is a VERY cool language, very expressive.brendan (Atlanta) Mon 21 Feb 2011 23:38:28 GMT+1 Gilvery http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=74#comment26 To manyica: Hello. We already are two Sun 20 Feb 2011 18:00:44 GMT+1 Felix http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=71#comment25 Hi Olga,thank you for blogging. Your try to explain the Russian sense of humor was a very successful one und I loved reading your text. I think the joke with the seven paradoxes meets exacly the situation in Soviets time.Love from Austria Felix Sun 20 Feb 2011 16:14:58 GMT+1 Cristianini http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=68#comment24 Dear all,This is Cristianini, from Pindorama. It is nice to join this group.My best wishes. Fri 18 Feb 2011 15:02:00 GMT+1 Shahin1986 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=65#comment23 Hi Olga i like your humour too because I am from Azerbaijan (city Baku) and I know instrumental balalaika. Balalaika like guitar but balalaika triangle. Do you know where I know Balalaika??? because we were born and lived in Soviet Social Republic an we are neighbors just now. I learn English language in my country and my teacher said to me that enter to BBC site and there is you can Learn English and you will find friends.Good bye!!! Fri 18 Feb 2011 11:05:48 GMT+1 Tadassa http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=62#comment22 Hi Olga! For learners of English, it's sometimes quite difficult to understand jokes, I know the main trouble is because of different cultures in our countries, but I should add too that paradoxes keep my attention to follow the joke.@Taru: I love reading your comments,your level of English is so clear and you have a good command on your vocabulary. I found your joke interesting but to tell you the truth I didn't understand the ending, oh and that it's the best part in jokes (endings:) I will re-read it again:)Have a wonderful day,Tadassa Thu 17 Feb 2011 23:21:18 GMT+1 Pedro http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=60#comment21 hello Olga,Very nice hear something about russia here. My father was Russian, from St.Petersburg and when I red these phrase ''I would say it helps to survive'', it sums up the Russian reality.Sometimes life is so hard in russia that it is not possible to live in tears, then you need to laugh, to move on. That...holds our emotions... listen Tchaikovsky , the emotion is too hard, like explosions.why this humor cut as a blade ? to feel with intensity. Always with intensity !!Thanks. Wed 16 Feb 2011 21:58:34 GMT+1 Taru http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=57#comment20 Hi OlgaIt was interesting to read your anecdote. It rised to my mind a finnish joke "Two possibilities"It tells how a souldier goes around in his mind how to avoid the army and the war. The story is old and it can be created during the second world war as finnish and russians have had a common history.The end of the story is a bit dirty, and I just give the hints and you have to guess the end.Here it goes...There was a souldier who was thinking what to do with the army." If I go to the army, I became a soulder. If I don't go to the army, that is good but If I choose the opportunity to go to the army, I have two possibilities. I will be a walking gun man or I will be a driving gun man. If I am a driving gun man, that is good but If I am a walking gun man, I have two possibilites. I will be on the front war yard or I will be on the back war yard. If I will be on the back yard, that is good but If I am on the front yard, I will have two possibilities. I will stay alive or I dye. If I stay alive that is good but if I dye I have two possibilites. I will be barried under the ground to the cave or I will not. If I am barried under the ground that is good, but If not, I have two possibilites. I will grow hay or trees. If I grow hay that is good but if I grow trees I have two possibilites, I will be made for a paper or a toilet paper. If I am made a paper that is good, but if I am made a toilet paper, IN THAT CASE I HAVE TO SAY THAT MY WAR HAS GONE FORWARD TO A....H....E!Best day all of youTaru, Finland Wed 16 Feb 2011 16:08:08 GMT+1 elbouzidi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=54#comment19 I enjoy your entry which gives me a great sight russian's humour . Then i wait others to learn mor about your country and your people customs .I like too the style which you write with .Good luck Mohammed from Morocco Tue 15 Feb 2011 18:17:13 GMT+1 ijaz http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=51#comment18 hi oliganice and beautiful.i like it Tue 15 Feb 2011 04:47:54 GMT+1 Marcello http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=48#comment17 Hi OlgaYou couldn't be clearer.Pepole often think sense of humor is connected with the countries latitudes rather than pepole. I honestly think that what we generally call sense of humor is a personal attitude and I disagree with those who think that the country where you live has a good/bad influence on your sense of humor.Incidentally, is there any CAE students around this blog ?Bye Mon 14 Feb 2011 22:22:20 GMT+1 marco http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=45#comment16 Hi Olga, very nice the joke you gave that explain the paradoxes of socialism. I think too that the humorism help the people to sustain the bad governments. Humorism is hepful everywhere in the world and I think I'm lucky in this moment to be italian: I have a prime minister that is a joke. Mon 14 Feb 2011 21:30:05 GMT+1 MESUTar http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=42#comment15 Hi, again I like the humour in the political poem and I think i could modify it to the capitalism. In fact there are few differences between capitalism and Soviet dictatorship. but I promised I am going to do it.Nobody has a job ;everybody is unemployed ;everybody is unemployed but the economy is good all the time the economy is good all the time . People are surrounded by prosperity ,people is surrounded by prosperity but every is hungry everybody is hungry,people live in freedom people live in freedom but nobody is free ,nobody is free, How is it ? Do you like it ? heyy i guess there are only two parties in the Usa The joke must have a problem bye :)(sorry for punctation marks :( ) Mon 14 Feb 2011 21:07:16 GMT+1 Neel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=40#comment14 ...Hello, Olga ! It is nice reading your Blog.(..by the way, this is Neel from Dubai).."Russian habit of having dismal face"- is it a common phenomenon ?..but i have found some Russian always having cheerful face though...I think, you study literature..I like your topic and nice presentation.......Your Anecdote fused in Paradoxes is amazing...."everybody is unhappy, but nobody complains; nobody complains, but the jails are full! "....the world lacks good people, but more Bombs are being 'given birth'; more Bombs are being given birth, but the world is peaceful; the world is peaceful, but revolutions are going on everywhere.....hahah..does it make sense...?......waiting for your next move.. Mon 14 Feb 2011 20:56:00 GMT+1 Igor http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=37#comment13 Hi Olga,I'm Igor but I'm not a russian guy...I come from the frogs country (France). It is a very nice idea to post articles about Russia, I think this country is poorly understood by people ; to lift some taboos is great.I found this joke on the internet and I would like to share with you : "In America, you can always find a party, in Soviet Russia, the party finds you" ... funnyThanks Olga and keep going !(You are very cute on picture :) ) Mon 14 Feb 2011 17:55:29 GMT+1 Pary http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=34#comment12 @ dear nastasia , best of luck for your study . I know being a student is not a easy Job specailly in exam season but belive me in the future when you look back your life the uni time with your friends is one of the best moments of your life so take advantages of it as much as you can . kisses Mon 14 Feb 2011 04:17:39 GMT+1 Filippo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=31#comment11 Hi Olga! Pleased to e-meet you too!! I found this post very interesting cause we barely know this aspect of Russian society. I cannot wait to read your next posts. Meanwhile, have a good week ahead!!! Sun 13 Feb 2011 16:35:57 GMT+1 jimbeckworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=28#comment10 Humour in Russia Sex in China,how about that? Sun 13 Feb 2011 15:41:06 GMT+1 Gilvery http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=25#comment9 Hello everybody. I`m new here and recently I studying english in my country and I want to learn so much this language. Thank for your help. Sun 13 Feb 2011 15:37:58 GMT+1 nastya http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=22#comment8 To Pary: Thank you so much for your warm words. And I'm really sorry for being absent for so long, but I'm a student and I had some exams to take. Fortunately they are all over :-) I promise to be in touch. Lots of love to you and your family (^.*)Nastya, Russia Sun 13 Feb 2011 14:03:12 GMT+1 Pary http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=20#comment7 Hi Olga , Thank you for your informative entry . To tell the trust I didn't know about them and it was interesting to know about them ! by the way I liked the Joke very much and it tells really thousands of words . With this theme I 'm thinking what would be your next entry ….. Good luck @ dear Nastasia , How long time no see no hear ! Happy to see a comment from you . Hope you have had a good start of 2011 year ! please be in touch and take care I can see there is a tend to upload photos by commentator specially among new fans of BBC LE Blog . How knows maybe in close future it would be possible ! For me it doesn't matter so much and I 'm happy with it 's current situation . I recommend For those readers to use other social network programs like Facebook at the same time : ) Greeting every one Pary from Iran Sun 13 Feb 2011 10:57:44 GMT+1 Adielson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=17#comment6 Hey please say me how I do to put my photo in this blog! Sun 13 Feb 2011 02:06:17 GMT+1 Adielson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=14#comment5 Hi Olga! My name is Adielson and I am Brazilian. I would like to be your friend. Well I'm looking for people to conversation because I am a student in my country and I still don't know speak English very well. It does will be a pleasure for me if you want to be my friend. Thanks! Sun 13 Feb 2011 01:17:55 GMT+1 nastya http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=11#comment4 Hi everybody! Hi Olga! :)I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to comment on your first blog and tell you "Nice to meet you" but you know that better late than never so I tell you now: "Nice to meet you". It's such a pleasure to encounter a compatriot ;-)I must compliment you on your writing style and on your theme choice. You've managed to get to the heart of the problem without unnecessary expanding. Even for a Russian like me your post was very interesting to read. Well done!To Manyica: the site is quite easy to use - just post your comments on Olga's (this month's student) blog or your questions to her if you have any. You may also communicate with other commenters asking them questions and sharing your experience with them. I know I don't explain very well but I'm sure you'll understand how the site functions if you visit it. And there's no doubt that the BBC LE Community will be very glad to have you as its member :) By the way, where are you from?Best wishes,Nastya, Russia Sat 12 Feb 2011 20:12:11 GMT+1 Michal http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=8#comment3 I may only assume what is the equivalent of a word 'mat' in my mother tongue :). Michal (Poland) Sat 12 Feb 2011 10:09:36 GMT+1 manyica http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=5#comment2 Hello. It's my first time and I don't how it works. Is there anybody who can help me please? Sat 12 Feb 2011 08:51:34 GMT+1 peter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=2#comment1 i like this blog Sat 12 Feb 2011 03:28:27 GMT+1 peter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/02/humour-in-russia-1.shtml?page=0#comment0 it is beautiful Sat 12 Feb 2011 03:25:37 GMT+1