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Why Use Our Consulting Services?

At SpeakRussianNow.com we strongly believe that speaking a foreign language is a great tool to have whether you are working overseas, dating someone from another country, building a friendship or a partnership, traveling abroad, or simply enjoying learning about other cultures.

However, speaking the language is not the only key to effective communication. It is also important to understand its culture. For example, if you are traveling in Russia and don’t really want to stand out as a tourist, knowing what to wear becomes quite important. Also, if you are meeting the family of your Russian girlfriend or boyfriend for the first time, you want to make a good impression and bringing a dozen of roses for your future mother-in-law is not going to help you!

This is because in countries like Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus an even number of flowers is used only for funerals, for all other occasions, you want to give an odd number of flowers. Other cultural differences like taking shoes off in someone else’s house, not whistling, understanding personal space, etc. become very important for building long-lasting relationships as well as for making a good first impression.

I have been taking Russian lessons from Natasha for about six months. Not only has Natasha done an excellent job of tailoring the lessons to my needs, but her help understanding the Ukrainian and Russian cultures has been invaluable. I have made two trips to Ukraine this year, and she has gone out of her way to prepare me for everything you can imagine, including, the food, lodging, the types of ladies I might meet along the way, and the local customs. A testimonial like this does not allow enough room to express my appreciation for Natasha. ~John N.

To help you overcome these cultural barriers, we offer professional consulting services with a native insight on many different subjects!


  • House rules
  • Superstitions
  • Holidays and celebrations
  • Religion
  • Food


  • Realities and illusions
  • Mentality
  • Communication
  • Family and friends
  • Intimacy


  • Transportation
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Gifts


  • Politics
  • Culture
  • History
  • Literature
  • Movies and music

From Our Blog on Culture