В гости с пустыми руками не ходят
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Interesting Russia
Russians love ХОДИТЬ В ГОСТИ (visiting friends’ houses)
We visit our friends at their places whenever we are free and they are free too, when we want to have fun together, to watch a movie, to play board games or just to chat while drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee. It’s very common to celebrate Russian holidays together with friends at somebody’s place, not at a restaurant. Maybe because it’s cheaper that way or because Russians are very hospitable and they are usually great hosts.
Set phrases and proverbs about visiting other people’s houses in the Russian language
- В гостях хорошо, а дома лучше – It is good to be visiting, but it is better at home.
- Будь как дома, но не забывай, что ты в гостях – Feel like home, but don’t forget that you’re visiting
- В гости с пустыми руками не ходят – You shouldn’t come to visit people “with empty hands”
Here are some recommendations before going to Russian friends
You shouldn’t come to people’s places with empty hands mean that if you’re visiting someone you should bring a little present with you. What present might that be? It depends on who you’re visiting and on what occasion. If it is a person’s birthday the present must be personal and not that cheap maybe. But if you just come to your friend’s house to chat for an hour you might want to bring some chocolate or a cake. If you decide to bring some flowers REMEMBER – NEVER bring an even number of flowers! It’s considered a bad luck and you really might offend a person you’re giving the flowers to.
Also be ready to get an invitation to share a meal with the host if you even just came for a few minutes. It’s very common for Russians to ask their guest if he/she is hungry and even if not you might not get away without a delicious homemade meal. Though Russians are so hospitable we don’t like when people come to visit us without warning. Try not to invite yourself to people’s places. If they like you, you’ll get an invitation right away:)
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