Author's notes Karina Kudinova


Theft of cards, wild fines and 8 more things that await you in the USA

Not everything that seems harmless can be carried with you. When I flew to the USA for the first time, even my palms were sweating at the sight of a smiling stewardess who issued a customs declaration in my hands. The fact is that in the USA there is such a thing - agricultural control. Its staff checks that you do not import anything prohibited. ...


Immigration to the USA: how I worked for free, and then became a director

Let's talk a little about volunteering in the USA. For someone, this is a completely familiar thing, but at first I was amazed how much many city and public organizations and events in Seattle are tied to volunteers. Even more - many are completely dependent on volunteers! ...


Peculiarities of the American Mentality, or Why Ours Feel Awkward

These are just my observations, and they certainly cannot apply to the whole nation. And for the most part, these are just those things that will in no way affect my mentality and habits, and because of this I do not always feel “mine” ...


Personal experience: the difference in working conditions in the United States and Russia

I came to a new position in a company where I had long wanted to go, so my thoughts are focused exclusively on work. They also prompted me to write a short note about some of the features of the US labor market. 1. I begin, perhaps, with the fact that in ...


8 things our immigrants always bring to America from Russia

Is everything in the US? Or is it not all? I was going to debunk this myth for a long time. I will say this - in the US there are a lot of things, but not everything that I need. I still buy some things in Russia. AT…


10 myths about Americans, with whom you will say goodbye, having moved to the USA

During my life in the States, I said goodbye to many of my stereotypes and prejudices about Americans. Here is just one of them: in the States they eat one fast food, and therefore there are many overweight people. 1 Myth: All Americans are Workaholics. I lived a long time with faith in this myth. Until I started working with the Americans and did not understand ...


Personal experience: how to learn American accent and 'bleed up' pronunciation

“And what if, because of my Russian accent, they will not understand me?” - oh, well ... Let's decompose the whole thing on the shelves as it should. An accent is simply “talk,” as we call it, characteristic of people living in different regions of the same country ...

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