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xSnoofovich
12-04-2011, 13:09
and it was full of foreigners learning Russian from teachers who had accents so thick it was like they were from a James Bond movie, not to mention that the teachers themselves spoke English on maybe an intermediate level.

The funny thing was, the teachers had their pupils doing these impossibly stupid exercises, like repeating jibberish or tongue twisters.

Plus, there were a few business guys discussing something over powerpoint (in English).

Crazy place, that Starbucks.

AndreyS
12-04-2011, 13:12
and it was full of foreigners learning Russian from teachers who had accents so thick it was like they were from a James Bond movie, not to mention that the teachers themselves spoke English on maybe an intermediate level.

The funny thing was, the teachers had their pupils doing these impossibly stupid exercises, like repeating jibberish or tongue twisters.

Plus, there were a few business guys discussing something over powerpoint (in English).

Crazy place, that Starbucks.
For sure, there are also Russians learning English from native speakers who don't have offices/classrooms.
I used to be one of those Russians. ;-)











Now I am Chinese!

SpinaPubica
12-04-2011, 13:12
and it was full of foreigners learning Russian from teachers who had accents so thick it was like they were from a James Bond movie, not to mention that the teachers themselves spoke English on maybe an intermediate level.

The funny thing was, the teachers had their pupils doing these impossibly stupid exercises, like repeating jibberish or tongue twisters.

Plus, there were a few business guys discussing something over powerpoint (in English).

Crazy place, that Starbucks.

Which Starbucks ? Paveletskaya, Arbat, moscow city or another ?
just curious ..

AndreyS
12-04-2011, 13:16
Which Starbucks ? Paveletskaya, Arbat, moscow city or another ?
just curious ..
Everywhere, m8!

xSnoofovich
12-04-2011, 13:16
Which Starbucks ? Paveletskaya, Arbat, moscow city or another ?
just curious ..

Off Tverskyaya.

Every time I go in there, there are group of foreigners. Seems to be a popular place with French people.

I guess if one were interested in meeting foreigners, this place would be a good start.

xSnoofovich
12-04-2011, 13:17
Anybody know if those sandwhiches they have behind glass are for sale? Or do they make them in the back, or ????

Ian G
12-04-2011, 13:44
Anybody know if those sandwhiches they have behind glass are for sale? Or do they make them in the back, or ????

Multiple items, esp. wrapped in plastic- for sale.
Single item displayed on a plate- it's a demonstation model.

Can't stand the places. Why the chain is named after the Pequod's first mate I can't fathom. The only remotely fishy thing about it is the salmon in the cream cheese and salmon croissants.

Oh- what's this about 'Russian teachers with accents so thick it was like they were from a James Bond movie'- what language were these Russian teachers speaking. English?

xSnoofovich
12-04-2011, 13:52
Multiple items, esp. wrapped in plastic- for sale.
Single item displayed on a plate- it's a demonstation model.

That is good to know. I saw one girl eating a sandwich (with a fork and a knife of course), and I saw the little quick heat convection oven that they heated it in, but I missed the part where the sandwhich came from somewhere.



- what language were these Russian teachers speaking. English?

Yes sir, they were speaking in English to their pupils, when the pupil didn't understand something, or it was time to do a new exercise.

I suppose their accent in Russian was pretty clear, although I am not an expert in these matters.

Viola
12-04-2011, 13:54
Why the chain is named after the Pequod's first mate I can't fathom.

Thanks for enlightening me, Ian. I was sure that their name means the amount of bucks they make (up to the stars). :D

Ian G
12-04-2011, 13:57
Thanks for enlightening me, Ian. I was sure that their name means the amount of bucks they make (up to the stars). :D

:-)
Yep- I'm reading Moby Dick at the moment. I tried before but couldn't finish it. Too much detail about whaling. But go beyond that and it's a great novel.

FlakeySnowballer
14-04-2011, 11:26
That is good to know. I saw one girl eating a sandwich (with a fork and a knife of course), and I saw the little quick heat convection oven that they heated it in, but I missed the part where the sandwhich came from somewhere.

I think it is too strange to eat a sandwhich with a fork and a knife.:wazzup:

AndreyS
14-04-2011, 11:29
That is good to know. I saw one girl eating a sandwich (with a fork and a knife of course), and I saw the little quick heat convection oven that they heated it in, but I missed the part where the sandwhich came from somewhere.

I think it is too strange to eat a sandwhich with a fork and a knife.:wazzup:
Strange? ;-)
To me, it's just idiotic!

Still, I saw many times sandwiches being served on plates with silverware in the West. ;-(

Periwinkle
14-04-2011, 12:01
Strange? ;-)
To me, it's just idiotic!

Still, I saw many times sandwiches being served on plates with silverware in the West. ;-(

Never saw this, unless the fork was for a side on the plate like coleslaw or potato salad.
Have seen British people eat hamburgers with a knife and fork though.

xSnoofovich
14-04-2011, 12:11
Have seen British people eat hamburgers with a knife and fork though.

I know, right?

Oleisya
14-04-2011, 12:14
It could be that these people don't wash their hands before they eat. So, eating sandwich with a fork and nife is their way to avoid the microbes to spread. However I do find a little unnatural.

FlakeySnowballer
14-04-2011, 12:19
It could be that these people don't wash their hands before they eat. So, eating sandwich with a fork and nife is their way to avoid the microbes to spread. However I do find a little unnatural.

What is the problem then? They can wash their hands in tap water.

AndreyS
14-04-2011, 12:21
Never saw this, unless the fork was for a side on the plate like coleslaw or potato salad.
Have seen British people eat hamburgers with a knife and fork though.
I ve never been to America, I saw that in Europe. In fact, my mistake, because The West means mostly America. But for us Russians Europe is also the West. ;-)

Ulyana.de.fine
14-04-2011, 12:22
http://www.etiquettescholar.com/dining_etiquette/table_manners/dinner_etiquette/miscaleanous_food/sandwich.html

was it an "unwieldy sandwich"? :ninja:

xSnoofovich
14-04-2011, 12:27
It was the same as in the glass case. Not too big, but not too small.

Anyways, I guess it is standard to eat them that way here, much in the same way one eats pizza with a knife and fork.

It just isn't how I would eat it.

I guess if someone buys some food, one can eat it however they want. :)

AndreyS
14-04-2011, 19:27
It could be that these people don't wash their hands before they eat.
Straight from a latrine, huh? LOL

gene1782
14-04-2011, 20:40
Off Tverskyaya.

Every time I go in there, there are group of foreigners. Seems to be a popular place with French people.

I guess if one were interested in meeting foreigners, this place would be a good start.


"noughtygirl", did you hear that?:shhhhhh:

Periwinkle
14-04-2011, 22:03
I ve never been to America, I saw that in Europe. In fact, my mistake, because The West means mostly America. But for us Russians Europe is also the West. ;-)

I am confused - where did I say you mentioned the US?
I am aware what 'The West' means and that it is not specific to the US - thanks for your help though.

AndreyS
14-04-2011, 22:12
I am confused - where did I say you mentioned the US?
I am aware what 'The West' means and that it is not specific to the US - thanks for your help though.
I am happy to say that after almost 5 years spent in the forum, my posts finally drew your attention. Even two times in one day. ;-)

cantunay
14-04-2011, 22:21
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robertmf
14-04-2011, 22:32
I ve never been to America, I saw that in Europe. In fact, my mistake, because The West means mostly America. But for us Russians Europe is also the West. ;-)

"The West" is everything to the west of ye olde rusted Iron Curtain.

robertmf
14-04-2011, 22:40
It could be that these people don't wash their hands before they eat. So, eating sandwich with a fork and nife is their way to avoid the microbes to spread. However I do find a little unnatural.

As W says it's a Euro 'class' thing that originated with the ye olde aristocracy.


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:brush: You are also correct in implying their ..ahem.. sanitary habits. You do know all those old Euro castles did not come with indoor plumbing - the stone staircases and crenellated towers were used !!
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