Traditional Slavic foods you should try

Slavic traditional dishes are rich, filling, and bursting with flavor, despite the fact that they haven’t undergone the same worldwide revival as Indian and Vietnamese cuisine. While many of the classic Slavic culinary dishes are heavy, a few lighter choices are influenced by the French. These popular and excellent cuisine items should not be missed if your love hunt brings you to Russia or Ukraine.

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Blini

Blini, the Russian/Ukrainian variant of the crepe, demonstrate the French influence on Slavic cuisine. Blini, which is somewhat thicker than a French crepe, can be dressed up with sweet or savory fillings and toppings. Blini for dessert are often cooked with white flour, whilst those for meals are typically made with buckwheat.

Blini garnishes range from smoked salmon to fresh cream, handmade jams to hand-picked mushrooms. Another popular blini topping is sour cream. Those searching for a more luxurious alternative may be interested in blini served with caviar.

Borsch

Beet soup known as borsch has its roots in Ukraine but has become a popular dish in Russia. Several Westerners would find the use of beets as a soup base odd, but there are many reasons why this hearty soup is one of Russia’s most well-known recipes. It is stuffed with meat and sautéed vegetables like potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and onions. It may be served hot or cold, but a dollop of fresh sour cream on top is preferred.

Pelmeni

Pelmeni are one of the easiest and most tasty meals to eat in Russia or Ukraine. This dish is made up of considerably more than just flatbread and chopped beef. If your Slavic girlfriend invites you to a traditional lunch or supper, expect to be served pelmeni with sour cream.

Pelmeni are traditionally eaten with a fork and boiled in Russia. Some Russians, however, cook pelmeni in a skillet with different veggies and seasonings. Whatever you do, don’t leave Russia without trying the legendary pelmeni!

Shashlik

If you eat a shashlik, you’re eating the Slavic equivalent of a shish kebab. Thick and chunky chunks of chicken, beef, lamb, or fish are roasted and typically served with unleavened bread in this delectable feast. They may be served with sour tomato sauce or Russian pickles. In Moscow, these hearty delicacies are as frequent in restaurants as they are from street sellers.

Solyanka

The word “solyanka” initially appeared in a piece of literature from the 15th century, which defined the meal as a great option for a quick lunch or dinner. Solyanka soon established itself as a staple on the local tables due to its high-fat content, which was known for slowing down the onset of alcohol intoxication.

The soup, which often contains pork, bratwurst, and pickles, is commonly prepared following a party. It only takes a little patience and around two hours to prepare a decent lunch.

Vatrushka

Vatrushka is a sweetened cottage cheese and raisins-filled spherical bun with an open top. The name vatrushka is said to have originated in Russia’s surrounding nations since vatra means “hearth” or “fire” in most Slavic languages. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Vatrushka resembles a spherical and puffy sun. There have been several varieties of this delectable delicacy over the years. Some residents include homegrown fruits, berries, and even plain white yogurt!

To be fully honest, if you make the vatrushki without any recommendations from Russian homes, it might be really difficult to create a ‘puffy’ finish.

Kvas

Kvas, which was first fermented over a thousand years ago, is regarded as one of the most refreshing soft beverages in Russia and Ukraine. The major ingredient in kvas is rye, which serves as the drink’s leaven.

If your Slavic girlfriend invites you to a family lunch or supper, the children will almost certainly be served kvas, and you will be invited to try okroshka, which is prepared with kvas.

Okroshka

Okroshka is a refreshing cold soup prepared with chopped vegetables, bratwurst, and kvas. It is often served as a light appetizer or side dish. The term “okroshka” means “sour drink” in ancient Russian.

Some Russians think that because this meal is served cold, it should have a robust and rich flavor. As a result, bratwurst may occasionally be substituted for beef tongue, and kvas can be substituted by airan or salty sour milk.

The original recipe for okroshka was reportedly published in one of the legendary Russian chef Vasiliy Levshin’s cookbooks in the 18th century. Russia enjoys okroshka all summer long because it is tasty and refreshing.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff, which originated in Russia in the middle of the nineteenth century, is considered a dish of the upper crust. The dish is named after the prosperous Stroganoff family. It is thought that the meal was created for them by one of their French cooks.

The meal itself is made up of bite-sized pieces of pork cooked in a smetana sauce (Russian sour cream). More ingredients have been added over time to create the beef stroganoff that we all know and love today. Onions, tomato sauce, potatoes, and mustard are among the components, and many chefs will sauté the meat. Beef stroganoff is a classic Russian dish that has spread around the world.

Pirozhki

You’ve probably heard of pirozhki. These little puff pastries are baked or fried and filled with potatoes, pork, cabbage, or cheese. Stuffed pockets are popular in Russia and Ukraine.

Holodets

In addition to being a satisfying appetizer, holodets is high in minerals and collagen, which helps keep your bones, joints, and teeth healthy. It is frequently known as ‘Meat Jelly’ in Russia. This is due to the dish’s major ingredients being pig shank meat and bouillon.

The dish is native to northern Russia. It was an excellent dish to have on hand for farmers and peasants who required substantial food throughout the winter months. Holodets are also a favorite hunting meal. It’s great for long days and nights spent out in the outdoors.

Unusual Russian superstitions you should know about while dating a Russian woman online

Keep in mind that Russian women are superstitious when communicating with them on a dating site. Yes, according to a recent study by Levada Center, more than 50% of Russians believe in omens and lucky signs.

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These are the good omen signs in Russian culture:

Tap on the wood

Russian people knock on the wooden object three times when they hear or say something pleasant. In general, Russians are afraid to frighten fate and hardly ever speak about the future in a good or hopeful manner. If someone says compliments to a child, a Russian person would most likely knock on the first wooden thing that comes across. The custom is based on old tales about good spirits residing in trees.

Make a wish when you are standing between 2 people with the same name

Because there are many people with the same name in Russia, this custom provides you with several “good luck” options. Keep your wish a secret or it could never come true. Historically, children were named after saints. As a result, if you sit between two people with the same name, two saints on each side will protect and assist you.

Take a seat before going on a journey

Everyone in the family should sit for a time and remain silent for a minute or at least a few seconds. This practice dates back to ancient times when such periods of quiet were a homage to home spirits. In fact, this habit has a pleasant side effect: you may occasionally take some forgotten items before departing.

Rub the statue

The practice of rubbing various parts of public statues is popular among tourists all across the world. This belief is very common among Russians. As a result, when you arrive at Ploshadj Revolutsii metro station, you will witness people touching the noses, shoes, hands, and even the genitalia of the sculptures in the hopes of becoming wealthy, passing examinations, or marrying happily. However, we would like it if you did not hold this notion, as it does significant damage to the sculptures.

There are also some bad luck omens:

Don’t give someone an odd amount of flowers

People in Russian culture always give an odd number of flowers. You’ll only need an even number if you’re bringing flowers to a grave. Even numbers symbolized the conclusion of the life cycle in ancient Slavic culture.

Don’t whistle in the house

This odd Russian custom may appear bizarre. People feel that if they do that, they will have no money. One probable origin of the habit is that people used to keep little money in their mouths, which might easily be lost when whistling.

Don’t spill the salt

Otherwise, you’ll fight or have other troubles. Salt was once expensive and worth its weight in gold. People would be too afraid to spill it, as expected.

Do not wish someone a happy birthday before the date

Russian people have long believed that wishing someone a happy birthday in advance is a bad sign. One of the ancient wives’ tales holds that if the birthday person receives early congratulations, he or she may not live up to the holiday day at all.

Do not shake hands or kiss over a threshold

Russian people assume that shaking hands or kissing across a threshold will result in a fight. This superstition has even made it into space! Russian astronauts declined to shake hands with foreign cosmonauts who came in the hatch when the Russian Soyuz and the American Apollo docked.

Don’t leave an empty bottle on the table

It may bring you bad luck. Russians always leave empty bottles on the floor after drinking. According to legend, the practice dates back to the Napoleonic Wars. When Cossack forces arrived in Paris, they frequently visited French pubs and restaurants. At the time, restaurants in Paris did not measure the number of bottles supplied to a customer but instead counted the empty bottles at the conclusion of the meal. Someone immediately found out how to save money in the Russian army, and cossacks began concealing empty bottles under the table.

Don’t sit at a corner table if you are single

A single Russian woman would never sit at a table corner, according to tradition. Otherwise, she might never marry. What are the origins of this tradition? Children in big peasant families used to sit on benches in the center of the table, and only a foster kid had to take the place at a corner.

 

Small talk with Slavic ladies

Small talk is the entryway to building personal and professional relationships, whether it be about the weather, a favorite Netflix series, or anything else.

Western men are sometimes taken aback by the cultural contrasts between Slavic and Western countries when it comes to small talk. In Western countries, people frequently use small talk to approach strangers or to test the waters before entering into more serious topics. Slavic women, meanwhile, are less likely to strike up a conversation with total strangers. They take longer to warm up and may even appear distant to foreigners.

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Why should you learn Russian small talk?

Small talk is ideal for those awkward moments at the start of a new in-person or online language interaction when you and your Slavic girlfriend don’t know what to talk about. Small talk words can assist you to keep the discussion flowing, which is what the exchange is all about.

When you study Russian small talk, you become acquainted with fundamental and often-used Russian vocabulary. These will serve as the foundation for learning intermediate and advanced Russian if you want!

Small talk expressions might help you have a more realistic experience if you’re planning a vacation to Russia or another Russian-speaking region.

Common Russian expressions to start a conversation

Привeт! (Hi!) / Здравствуйте! (Hello!)

These are two ways of saying “hello,” which should always be said first while establishing a small chat! The first should be used to greet a Slavic woman, a friend, a parent, or a kid. The second might be used to express respect for an older person or a business acquaintance.

Kaк дела? (How are you?)

This is the expression that usually follows “hello” in basic talks in any language.

Кaк погодa? (How is the weather?)

Weather and small chat are virtually always related. It’s a safe discussion topic on which everyone may weigh in.

While many countries throughout the world have little variation in weather throughout the year, Russia is the polar opposite. Russia has all four seasons and experiences them all. If you’ve never seen a genuine Russian winter, you know nothing about being cold to the bone.

Давайте познакомимcя! (Let’s introduce ourselves!)

Do you see a lovely Slavic girl you’d want to get to know better? The sentence above may be used in a variety of contexts! All you have to do is be bold enough to say it.

Меня зовyт… А как вас зовут? (My name is… What is your name?)

You should introduce yourself and ask the Slavic lady’s name when you wish to start a more intimate conversation.

It would be awkward to approach a woman and introduce oneself out of the blue, so make sure to add some small talk before doing so. Use the weather first since it is a great starting point for introducing yourself.

Я из…, a oткуда вы? (I am from…, where are you from?)

All Slavic ladies will recognize you as a foreigner, but not all will be able to figure out where you’re from. Make the process easy for them by stating it straight away. They may know some English, which will aid them in the dialogue.

Even if you are in Russia, you may always ask the woman where she is from, especially if you are in a large city. This is especially true in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where women go from smaller places to study and work.

 

How to minimize the risk of being scammed while planning a meeting with a Slavic woman you met online

Are you in contact with a lovely Slavic lady who wants to visit you in your country but requires an international passport or visa and flight tickets? Is it realistic to guarantee her arrival in the United States, Canada, Australia, or Europe and help her obtain these papers without falling victim to an online dating scam?

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Continue reading to learn about all the legal and practical actions you may take to meet your Slavic girl while avoiding a classic romance scam scenario:

1. Video chat with her

First and foremost, you must ensure that you are in contact with a real, genuine lady who is interested in you. Have you video-chatted with your Slavic girl on Skype, FaceTime, or another popular mobile messenger? No? So, how do you know she is a real person? Are you in love and chatting with a lovely Slavic girl you’ve never met before, and she expresses a great desire to visit you in your country? Sorry, but this is a complete online dating fraud! You’re one step closer to transferring money to a scammer. As proven by the numerous fraud cases reported on the Internet, many Western guys have done the same.

Prior to taking any additional action, try to meet her via video chat. If the lady with whom you are communicating refuses to appear on cam, end the connection immediately and report her profile.

2. Ask her some questions

If you’ve seen each other on cam and are both interested in further conversation, the following issue is: How can you verify her intentions regarding your future together? Even if she is real, she may con you out of travel expenditures without ever showing there. A few easy questions can assist you in reaching the correct conclusions. Why would a sincere and honest lady desire to spend time at a man’s residence even if she has never met him before? She’ll be alone with a complete stranger and leaving her house; won’t she be afraid?

The correct response is self-evident: no sane lady would travel overseas after merely exchanging letters or texts. A true and honest Slavic lady would expect you to first visit her in her country (or meet in a third country), not the other way around.

Case 1

Your girl insists on visiting you in your country and requests financial assistance to pay the cost of a visa and other travel charges. Oops! You have been contacted by a scammer. Visa scams are the most common method of stealing your money. There are several instances on anti-scammer forums and around the Internet.
To ensure your safety, submit her profile to the dating platform administration where you met immediately and cease all connections before you lose money and your heart.

Case 2

Your girl insists on coming to see you even though she will have to pay for her own travel. Is this offer also real? No, she is not requesting financial support at this moment. Please keep in mind, though, that it would be quite difficult for her to obtain a visa on her own if she doesn’t already have one for your nation.

If you check your embassy’s rules, you’ll discover that if you haven’t met in person, neither the US, Canadian, Australian, nor any other embassy will provide a visa to a young lady who is traveling on your invitation. This application for a visa will be denied.

By the way, hardly many Slavic females are prepared to take such a daring and hazardous action. Imposing herself on a man is not in their nature and goes against their traditional upbringing. So, how can you be sure it’s not a dating scam? Do you need additional proof?

  • The lady repeatedly claims that she can afford her own bills, but then discovers that the money for the trip is comparable to her whole family’s earnings. Or she claims she just requires a portion of the total and will pay the remainder on her own. You will feel embarrassed and will send her something to alleviate the discomfort.
  • You have seen the lady’s scanned tickets and visa. You both look forward to her coming shortly. However, a dreadful tragedy happens the day before the arrival. Her journey will be delayed due to the illness of a close member, criminals on the streets, or the requirement for supplementary travel papers like travel insurance. She will approach her dearly loved man abroad for cash assistance for any cause. You’ll send the money out of sympathy for her.
  • The woman has already left for the airport. You’re both looking forward to your first face-to-face meeting. Then she dials your number. She claims she is at customs and is being requested to show proof that she has enough money to pay her daily living costs while overseas. She sobs and claims she really needs the money. There is no time to waste. Will you pay the needed amount in order to save your princess?
  • The lady is at the airport’s customs desk. The immigration officer discovered an antique relic or anything expensive in her luggage. As an old Slavic tradition, she meant to deliver this to you as a gift. She urgently requires money in order to bribe an official and get through customs without incident.

The techniques mentioned above are just a handful that con artists use to extort money from guys abroad. All of their efforts are directed at earning your trust before soliciting donations.

3. Visit her country to meet her

Basically, you are already in a precarious position if a lady you met online asks you for money at any point to pay for her trip expenses. Why not use the money to book your own trip to Russia or Ukraine to meet real Slavic women? Come to your online woman and evaluate your feelings against reality if you are confident that she is a real person and reliable.

Visiting in person can be the wisest choice and a practical, efficient, and economical tactic that will assist:

  • minimize the danger of online dating fraud;
  • learn about her hometown’s customs and way of life;
  • meet her family and friends.

By the way, if you’re in contact with many ladies, you may meet them all or even other local women. When you get home, invite the person who was the best fit. This increases your chances of having a successful relationship.

Why do Slavic women make the best life partners?

Some people continue to resist the idea that these days, all it takes to be happy is a reliable Internet connection. Your love radar doesn’t need to be set to your area anymore. One of the benefits that modern society best advertises is dating a Slavic lady. Would you be interested in learning why Slavic women make the finest girlfriends?
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Many Westerners are curious about what makes Slavic women so alluring and distinctive given the recent surge in popularity of Slavic online dating services. You may undoubtedly cite the attractive Slavic women as one of the causes, but there are other factors at play as well:

They are straightforward
It may appear that feminism has already taken hold in Slavic countries, but this is not totally correct. The major reason mail order Slavic brides are so straightforward is that it’s genetic. These ladies don’t know how to be hypocrites, and they can’t stand those around them. She will never plan behind your back if something goes wrong; she will always bring it out.

They are joyful
The nicest thing about Slavic females as girlfriends is that you’ll never feel down around them.  They know how to have fun and make others happy. While Slavic boys and men may appear dark and melancholy, Slavic women have a more cheerful outlook on life. These women are upbeat and extroverted. They are nurturing and encouraging, making them excellent long-term partners.

They are purposeful
The post-Soviet nations are still recouping from the harm the system caused. Although it may appear that the political and economic climate have nothing to do with the current generation, this notion is false. The challenging circumstances most of these women were raised in still shape their outlook on life, making them survivor-minded and goal-achievers in any circumstance.

They are family-oriented
You should be aware of something else in addition to the well-known fact that Slavic women make excellent moms and family caregivers. Slavic families are based on love. If you treat the Slavic girl well, you will get a second family that will look after you even more than your own family. There is no hyperbole here.

They are high achievers
While Slavic women would never prioritize their careers over their families, they are hardworking and well-educated, which allows them to find jobs fast. The major reason Slavic ladies can readily adjust to any scenario is because they are used to adversity. They will go to great lengths to assist their family since they understand how to live on a limited budget and successfully manage their spending to save money.

These women frequently obtain a second degree and may rapidly acquire a new language if they relocate to another country. They can contribute to a family budget if necessary. Furthermore, they will go to any length to ensure that their children have a solid education.

They are devoted
Loyalty is one of the most important factors in why Slavic ladies make the finest girlfriends. You’ll receive a best friend and a loving partner in one if you commit to a relationship with a woman from Russia or Ukraine.

They are caring

Slavic ladies understand that terrible times pass and may console their spouses when they are unhappy. This is why Slavic women are the ideal girlfriends and spouses because they know how to care for and support their loved ones when things don’t go as planned. They will find pleasant words for a spouse who is experiencing difficulties at work and will look after their relatives when they are ill.

 

New Year traditions in Russia

One of Russia’s most important holidays is New Year’s. When Christmas was outlawed in the Soviet Union, many of its related customs were transferred to New Year. It became a special day for gathering family and friends around the (New Year’s) tree, gift-giving, and overeating. While Christmas has returned to the calendar, New Year has not yet lost its place. Here are some of Russia’s greatest New Year’s customs, ranging from Father Frost to Herring in Fur Coats.

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Begin the year with a thorough cleaning

On New Year’s Day in Russia, people traditionally forgive those who have mistreated them, settle their debts, and clean up their homes. Many Russians will start the year with a clean body and soul in addition to cleaning the house by scheduling a banya, or at the absolute least, taking a really hot bath on December 31.

Banyas are an essential component of Russian culture. They usually consist of a steam chamber with wooden benches around the outside and an altar-style bench in the center of the room for treatments. The therapy entails being thrashed by huge birch leaves before being submerged in an ice-cold bucket or pool. People in Siberia have historically preferred to lay on the snow rather than immerse themselves in frigid water.

Watching a screwball comedy is a must

Every year, millions of Russians tune in to see The Irony of Fate, a 1976 Soviet screwball comedy. In the film, Zhenya intends to spend New Year’s Eve with his girlfriend, but after getting drunk with his friends at the Sanduny Baths, he finds up on a flight to St. Petersburg instead. He drunkenly orders a cab to what he believes is his house, only to be awakened by Nadya. We won’t give away the finale.

Prepare to meet Ded Moroz (Father Frost)

Ded Moroz, often known as Father Frost, is Russia’s version of Santa Claus. Unlike Santa, he usually appears on New Year’s Eve with gifts for well-behaved youngsters. He dresses in a long blue or red fur coat, a matching cap, and felt boots, and carries gifts on his back in a large sack. He doesn’t, however, require reindeer to move about. As an athletic Russian guy, he travels the nation on skis, treks, or by troika carriage. He also carries a mystical stick with which he can freeze anything around him. And, unlike Santa, he doesn’t sneak about at night; instead, he’s eager to reveal his face and drop by a Christmas party to deliver presents.

His granddaughter Snegurichka, the Snow Maiden, is also attending. She frequently has a long blond braid and wears a blue and white fur coat. Grandfather Frost reportedly resides outside of the Vologda Region, close to Veliky Ustyug, while she apparently resides in Kostroma, on the Volga river.

Your wish will not come true until you complete the following three steps…

Thinking about what you want to happen next year isn’t going to cut it in Russia. You must put up much effort to ensure that your dream becomes a reality. To begin, write it down on a piece of paper. Then you must burn it. Then, pour the ashes into a glass of champagne and take a large sip.

 Salad to celebrate

If you’ve ever visited Russia, you’ll know that salads are a huge thing. Not the light leaf sort, but robust meals with at least a kilogram of mayonnaise – and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The ‘Olivier Salad’ (prepared with mayo, potatoes, carrots, green peas, eggs, and chicken) and the ‘Herring under Fur Coat’ are two of the most common salads on the menu (layered herring, potatoes, carrots, beetroot, and mayonnaise).

Champagne – generally the Sovietskoye variety – and caviar served on buttered toast are other favorite feasting foods. Surprisingly, mandarin oranges are also a favorite. The custom dates back to Nicholas II, but it was only in the late 1970s that the Soviet authorities began importing them.

Double the fun!

In Russia, there are two New Year’s Eves. According to the Orthodox or Julian calendar, the ‘Old’ New Year’s Eve is on January 14th. This event is generally significantly smaller than the first. The ‘New’ New Year’s Eve, like the rest of the Western world, occurs on December 31st. The ancient celebrations have now been surpassed as the most significant day in the calendar.

It became a holiday only when Russia moved from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Christmas was prohibited during the Soviet era, thus New Year’s Eve became the day to celebrate.

How to deal with dry texting while communicating with a Slavic lady

Despite its many advantages—convenience, simplicity, and speed—texting is still communicating in a vacuum. Yes, any digital discussion may send a message from one person to another, but without the natural aspects of body language and facial expression present in an in-person conversation, or even the tone and honesty that can be heard in a phone call, the words of a text can lack vital context and complexity. It’s possible for an essential texting interaction to sound robotic, inhuman…or, at the absolute least, dry unless you seek to fill that contextual hole with additional words or emoticons.

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Dry texting is now used to describe any text exchange in which one of the parties relies solely on one- or two-word replies to maintain the discussion. It can be more bothersome when communicating through text because the recipient has no additional background to determine the texter’s interest or thinking, unlike when speaking in person or on the phone. Dry texting (e.g., “yes,” “cool,” “that’s ok”) without nonverbal social indicators might make the recipient uncertain of their position and the tone of the message.

To bridge that communication gap, it’s become increasingly typical for people to pad text messages with things like “lol” and emoticons, both of which help color how a text-sender truly feels. In fact, according to a 2017 poll of 2,000 individuals in the United States, 71% utilize visual expressions such as emojis, stickers, and GIFs in their communications. A 2022 poll of 1,000 remote and hybrid employees in the United States found that seven out of ten felt communication is incomplete without an emoji. All of this serves to highlight the dry texters: The bare-bones design might be seen as a purposeful choice to exclude information, especially in light of the explosion of visual tools and linguistic developments that allow texts to have a deeper, more human tone.

So, what should you do with the dry texters you meet while dating online? Below are some insights on why Slavic women you connect with on international dating sites may engage in dry texting in the first place (to help you understand where they’re coming from), why it may be so irritating on the receiving end, and what you can do to enliven those dry chats.

Why would a Slavic lady send dry text messages in the first place?

It’s natural to question what a woman is concealing or withholding and why when she chooses to communicate by text simply the bare minimum. The reason someone is dry texting, though, may have more to do with them than the discussion, say dating experts.

First off, it’s always possible that a Slavic lady is truly too busy to add more complexity to her texts, or that she simply believes texting should be kept for only the most basic of communications. She might not even be aware that her texts could be perceived as soulless or robotic in that situation. She suspects that these simple communications come across as a lot friendlier in her brain than they do in reality. On a deeper level, she may struggle with text communication to the point that she only feels comfortable providing brief replies. Dry texters may be socially anxious and have difficulty articulating their thoughts and feelings in writing.

Aside from personal reasons, the dry texting might be a reflection of how a Slavic lady perceives your relationship. A woman who is hesitant to put any genuine effort into the conversation—and, by implication, the relationship—might send dry messages. It might be her attempt to distance herself from you by preventing effective communication.

How to spice up your interactions with a Slavic lady who is dry texting you

Before you get into strategies for encouraging a dry-texting lady to be more conversational, it’s crucial to connect with her and ask a few questions, like if she genuinely enjoys texting and has time to text anytime you’ve reached out to her. If the answer to either question is “no,” you’d be better off figuring out a communication “middle ground” in which you text less and she responds with greater passion.

It may also be good in this chat with the dry-texting Slavic lady to explicitly state how her present communication style is being perceived by you. She may be unaware that her texting style is making you feel unheard or unloved, and understanding this may motivate her to be more verbose in her responses.

You may then establish clear communication standards about texting so that you’re both on the same page. For example, you may decide that one-letter, one-word, and/or one-emoji comments are unacceptable to you and that you will leave the discussion if you get them.

You may also model the type of messaging you’d like to receive and construct your own texts around topics that tend to elicit interaction, such as photographs, gifs, or even voice notes. Similarly, you may send articles or links to social media posts that made you think of her, as well as ask open-ended questions, which often get fuller and more involved answers.

In any regard, it’s crucial to remember that texting is still only one mode of communication—and a fundamentally flawed one at that. If a Slavic woman can’t or won’t compensate for the lack of nuance that texting brings, it’s all the more incentive to communicate with her in other ways more regularly.

 

What exactly is “pocketing” in online dating, and what should you do about it?

A new relationship with a Slavic lady is exhilarating, and that is an understatement. The butterflies, the flutters, the period where you are discovering everything fresh about the other person—totally appealing. And if you’re like most men, you’ll want to tell your buddies everything immediately. After all, who can give you better counsel than your friends?

You could also wish to publish photos of yourself with your Slavic girlfriend on social media as you get closer. In addition to being a chance to spread your happiness, captions may demonstrate your affection for her and uplift her spirits.

Would you be puzzled or offended if your Slavic girlfriend didn’t post about you on her social profiles? You may wonder whether the absence of a hard launch on Instagram indicates that she does not want to be with you.

There is a new online dating term that defines and explains her conduct called “pocketing”. “Pocketing” is the catchphrase for avoiding disclosing your relationship or the person you’ve been seeing on social media. In other words, pocketing is “keeping your partner in your pocket,” so to speak.

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If your Slavic girlfriend hasn’t tweeted about you but is otherwise an active social media member, she might be pocketing you. Almost everyone these days is on social media, where we upload images of our life, friends, family, pets, and even what we ate for lunch. So, if the lady you’re dating is active on social media but doesn’t exhibit any traces of your existence, you might be getting pocketed.

What if, though, you haven’t been dating for a while? When was the right time for your Slavic girlfriend to write about you online? No, there is no hard and fast rule, but if she hasn’t written about you after you two have had “the talk” and started dating officially, she may be pocketing.

The practice of “pocketing” extends beyond social media and is as prevalent offline. When one partner in a relationship isolates the other from their friends and family, this is referred to as pocketing. Additionally, if you bring up family or friends, your Slavic woman can dodge the subject, discourage you from seeing their loved ones, and only create arrangements for the two of you.

The motives for pocketing are rather alarming

As you may expect, pocketing isn’t a good sign. But, before you worry, keep in mind that some of the motives for the behavior are more harmless than others. And, in most circumstances, their pocketing is not triggered by you.

Personal motives for pocketing are typically more prevalent than ones particular to you. People frequently pocket their partners because they have had negative experiences in the past. Understandable, to be sure, but it doesn’t diminish the impact of their actions on you.

What to do if your Slavic lady is pocketing you?

When you regard pocketing as a problem, and your Slavic girlfriend is unable to speak it out and compromise with you, you have a problem. If you want to upload a picture of the two of you showing off your lovely life together and she stops you, it’s time to rethink your relationship. It’s normal if you’re hesitant about discussing this issue with her. Just keep in mind that you are not doing anything wrong or asking for too much. Speak out if your Slavic girlfriend’s conduct continues to bother you. You’re absolutely correct. You, like her, are an active participant in this relationship. Tell her that you want to be visually reflected in her life both publicly and privately.

However, there are certain possible warning flags when it comes to pocketing. It might indicate a problem with the Slavic woman’s transparency—what is she withholding from you? She may, for example, be dishonest about her goals or expectations. Perhaps she wants to keep things casual or date other guys, and adding you to her grid would take away their space. Perhaps your Slavic lady isn’t serious about you. Simply put, some people do not want the person with whom they are in a relationship to socialize with other people in their lives. Why? Perhaps because they don’t respect or care enough about them to do so.

Use the “I statements” gently to avoid making your Slavic woman feel assaulted. “I think you don’t like the notion of my seeing your friends and family,” for example. Do you want to talk about it?” or “I’m a little concerned that I haven’t met your friends/family yet. If you’re ready, I’d want to talk about it.” Prepare to listen and collaborate on the problem.

Take note of how she reacts when you bring it up. Is she approachable and understanding? And does she demonstrate actual change? Or does she silence you? Pocketing becomes a problem when she refuses to talk about it despite your efforts to convey your worries about the matter. It’s very reasonable and acceptable to ask for your Slavic girlfriend to publicize you on social media or integrate you more fully into her life.

How to end a relationship with a Slavic woman you met online without ghosting her

Finding yourself ghosted by a date is never pleasant, whether you’re dating online or off. However, it’s generally acknowledged that ghosting is among the most impolite dating practices. In reality, a 2019 poll reported that 30% of respondents had ghosted someone, while a 2020 poll claimed that 85% of respondents had been the victim of ghosting.

Ghosting is a definite no-no. So, if you’re not interested in the Slavic woman, you’ll have to admit it and offer you both closure. Being truthful helps you to go on since this lady now knows not to contact you again, and it also allows her to move on because she knows you are no longer interested. Dating experts advise having “a few pre-written scripts stored on your phone that you can send” when you’re no longer interested in developing a relationship.

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What to say in these typical dating scenarios instead of ghosting?

If you simply aren’t ready for a relationship

Not in the mood for a romance right now? Don’t worry about it. Rather than being concerned about disappointing a Slavic lady, send her this message to let her know. You don’t have to give her a detailed explanation, so feel free to keep the letter brief.

What to tell a Slavic woman: “I’ve liked our conversations, but I’m recognizing that I’m not in a position to start a relationship. I want to be completely honest with you because I value your time. I hope you understand.”

If you feel like you need a break from international dating

Here’s another great text to send if you need a pause from international dating. It stops the communication loop while returning the emphasis to yourself. Consider this text to be creating a healthy boundary by ending the connection in a straightforward way while still being nice so the Slavic lady does not feel personally rejected.

What to tell a Slavic woman: “It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, but I’m going to take a break from international dating for the time being. It’s entirely my fault; I just need it. I wish you the best of luck!”

If you’re ready to move on

If you’ve been online dating a Slavic lady for a few months (but not exclusively) and no longer want to date her, dating experts recommend sending this anti-ghost text. While you may appreciate the lady, you may begin to have other priorities. With this in mind, a brief and simple message may go a long way.

What to tell a Slavic woman: “I have enjoyed our time together, and you have been so much pleasure to converse with. I wanted to be honest and tell you that I don’t see this going any further.”

If you like her… but only as a friend

If you have a completely platonic connection, dating gurus recommend sending this message. This text is good since it is straightforward and extends an open invitation to become friends, but only if the lady thinks it would be beneficial for her.

What to tell a Slavic woman: “It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. I’d rather be honest with you since I respect you so much. I’m not feeling a romantic connection. Please let me know if you are interested in being friends since I truly like you and would like to be your friend as well. However, I never want to give the incorrect impression. If not, that is also completely OK.”

If you’ve decided to go exclusive with another lady

Dating gurus advocate sending something like this if you meet a Slavic lady you are actually interested in and wish to stop things with other girls. Being direct is sometimes the kindest thing to do. You shouldn’t feel awful about it. This statement is a straightforward and courteous approach to end things so that the Slavic woman can continue dating freely.

What to tell a Slavic woman: “I recently started dating someone seriously and truly want to see things through. I really hope you find what you’re searching for and best wishes.”

How to avoid taking rejection so personally

Many men who have signed up on an international dating site feel afraid to start chatting with Slavic girls for fear of being rejected. Rejection is the action of not accepting, believing in or taking something into consideration. And although though rejection is something everyone experiences on some level—whether at work, in relationships, with friends, or elsewhere—it may still be painful and take time to digest before moving on.

People are wired for connection, and the connection is created via acceptance and belonging, so rejection may feel particularly personal. This is part of the reason why rejection can hurt so badly. But that’s just not true at all. Not only can you learn to not take rejection personally, but you can also strive to accept rejection as a redirection that may actually boost your self-esteem.

The first thing to realize about rejection is that it frequently happens to guys for reasons that are unrelated to them. All guys want to be loved, but you must realize that liking means having certain tastes. You evaluate a woman’s personality, values, and character when you first meet her in order to decide whether you want to be friends or partners with her in the future. In order to determine whether she is a good fit for your personality, values, and beliefs, you evaluate this based on your own measurements. You accept certain Slavic women and reject others since it is highly unlikely that every one of them will be a perfect fit for you.

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In this sense, rejection is essentially a natural filter that we all use to varying degrees in our lives—you can’t be best friends with everyone you meet, for example. Even yet, the tendency to feel slighted when you’re the subject of rejection rather than the rejector is normal, and some people experience it more intensely than others. Those who are afraid of abandonment are one category of people who are more likely to take rejection personally than others. The good news is that there are mental tools available to assist you with this.

Give yourself credit

If you lack confidence, rejection may sting much more. In this scenario, to avoid taking women’s rejection personally, focus on increasing your confidence in yourself and your ability. You gain strength and resilience when you can validate yourself.

Let rid of childhood resentments

Dealing with rejection may often bring up unpleasant childhood memories of feeling abandoned, unwanted, and uncared for. This excursion to the past may be an indication that your inner child is seeking attention.

If this rings true for you, attempt the following exercise. Find a photo of your younger self and write a letter using this prompt: “Dear self, I want you to know that you are cared for and safeguarded. Here are some of the ways I’ve taken care of you throughout the years…”

Give yourself permission to try again

Being rejected might cause you to cut yourself off from new experiences, but doing so is harmful and counterproductive. After being rejected, it’s acceptable to get emotional and process your feelings, but make sure you also give yourself permission to try again. This is how we recover, advance, and change. Adversity cannot be avoided, but it may be used to your advantage to help you become more resilient and mentally strong when times are tough.

It can be necessary to seek within in order to come to terms with getting rejection and, critically, to realize that it is not personal. By doing this, you’ll be able to see that you’ve also rejected women and that your propensity to take rejection personally typically stems from underlying personal concerns. Accepting this fact will better prepare you to not take rejection personally and instead to understand that the lady just saw a mismatch in wants and beliefs and chose to be open rather than pressuring a relationship.

In this sense, rejection is a good thing since it only permits the most genuine two-way connections in all areas of life to flourish. As a result, no energy is lost on relationships with low or declining value.