Making new friends and share experiences

HI, my name is Noel and I am an English teacher from South Africa joining a school as soon as my visa is approved, I am looking at joining an English community to maybe guide me through what to do and what not to do while making new friends and share experiences.


Hello and welcome on board Noel !

Please note that I have created this new thread from your post on the Russia forum so that you may better interact with active members.

Where, in Russia, will you relocation ?




Nice to meet you here. I will be relocating to Khabarovsk

A few things:

  • Don't be overwhelmingly friendly/ smiley that is strange/ suspicious, only with the ones who are close/ for example who invited you into house
  • If get invited inside left your boots in the anteroom/ near entrance, especially if there are a baby in the household
  • no smalltalk/ generalities
  • Don't use loud voice, nor make promises or oath if you are not perfectly sure that can or will keep them
  • Don't criticise anything/ any progress/ leader: locals can do outsiders not,
  • Be careful with the ones who especially seek the company of outlanders instantly, they are may semi-otcasts from local society - better the ones who are seem distanced first, when they open up after deeds/ after you prove yourself that is true/ real not fake/ profit seeking