Friends, hello everyone! My name is Anastasia Semina. Welcome to my channel! Today is a very unusual video, because today my students from the Netherlands are interviewing me. Alex and Benjamin prepared questions.
And I don’t even know what these questions are. So let’s get started? Benjamin, you have the microphone. And ask me questions. I’m ready. Hello, Nastya. We were at the Museum of Russian History and Politics yesterday and And [for this] so I have the first question. If your parents talk about the time of the Soviet Union, do you think they were more or less happy than [time] …
– Yes, than now? – Well, for me this is a difficult question, in fact, because I think that I know little about that time. And they don’t tell me that much about it. I don’t have any clear memories of mom or dad talking about the Soviet Union with enthusiastic … yes, enthusiastic words, or vice versa – about something bad. It seems to me that they talk more about good (when they talk about the Soviet Union) than about something bad. That is, always … Always the first association comes to mind that “yes, then it was better, then there were lower prices or some things were more affordable.” The first thing that comes to my mind is when my mother studied at the institute in Leningrad and flew home to Arkhangelsk, she did it often. She flew every month. Yes, and it seems to me that this is now inaccessible to me. This is the first thing that comes to my mind. And so, in terms of, for example, travel (which is important to me), for example, yes … I don’t know, parents … did they need this? Did they want to see the world and could they do it? As I understand it, apparently, it was not very accessible and it was not possible to travel to other countries. But, as I recall, my dad always says: “Oh, then (this) cost this much!” That is, how it was much cheaper, and how it was available … Or mother also says: “Oh, well, now it’s completely inaccessible!” Something … connected with housing or some other things. Well, that is … I believe that if we talk about happiness, then all the same, most likely, my parents have no connection between what country it is and whether they are happy or not. Therefore, I think it is important to understand that happiness is … (it) should not depend very much on what the country is called and what is the political system inside the country. All the same, you need to try to look for this happiness within yourself.
– Well, thank you. – The second question will be … [so that] you told us yesterday … [What] What is your favorite Russian proverb or saying? – Aaah! Proverbs… I have a lot of favorite proverbs and sayings. Mmmm, yeah. One of my favorites is “Eyes are afraid – hands do.” – What does it mean?
– What does it mean? This means that if we see a task in front of us, and it seems to us that this is difficult to implement – that is, “the eyes are afraid” because we are only looking at it … but when we start doing – that is, “hands are already starting to do” – this … it turns out that it’s not as difficult as it seemed to us in the beginning. And the meaning of this proverb … You understand, yes? That, although the eyes are afraid, the hands still need to start doing, and everything will be fine. And all this can be done. Do you have such a proverb in the Dutch language? – No! I… no. Probably not. Yes! Do you think that Russian fathers
need to take more (paternity) leave when their child was born, as, for example, in Sweden, where they give fathers and mothers several months? – That is, in Sweden … I just don’t know. In Sweden, they give leave to both father and mother when a baby is born?
– Yes. Yes. Right. – Well, this is an interesting question. I think that would be nice. That is, the question is that not only does the mother receive the leave (vacation) from work … We call it “maternity” – maternity leave, yes. But so that the father also gets… got this vacation?
– Yes. I think this is a good idea. – I think this … It would be wise to do so. Maybe not an equally long vacation, but for example, for the first month after the birth of the baby, I think the mother definitely needs the support of her husband. Why not? And how is it in the Netherlands? Also so? Or is it only in Sweden that a father is given leave after giving birth? – Well, now in the Netherlands only a few days are given for fathers. And they say that maybe it will be more and therefore I wonder how it is in…
– Yes, I understand. – Well, yes, we have it … This is not, therefore … At least a month, I think, would be nice.
– Well, thank you. – And now there will be a question from Alex.
– Yeah, the question is from Alex. Good. I am a little afraid. – What, in your opinion, does “Russian culture” mean? And how does it differ from the west?
– Wow! – Interesting question. Russian culture and how is it different from Western culture? I think that if we take culture in general … And we take works of art, we take dances, theaters, literature… All together, right? It’s a complex issue. I think that… it seems to me that Russian culture shows more the soul of man… But I could be wrong. Because I am not an expert, for example, in Western culture… Yes, and not an expert in Russian culture. It seems to me that in Russian culture
the human soul, its worries/suffering are shown much deeper than in Western culture. It’s my opinion. I think so. That’s all.
Another question? – They say that in the (other) yard the grass is always greener. In which of the countries that you visited would you like to live? – Ahh, a proverb, huh? The grass is greener in the other yard, right? I liked it in Italy. But I don’t know if I would like to live there, because being a tourist and living are completely different things. AND… I absolutely do not know any system related to taxes… Some kind of bureaucracy… I do not know anything about this. I suspect that there are also difficulties there. And when I admire the beauty or the climate even, yes … I have absolutely no idea what the real life of an ordinary person is. Therefore… At first glance, yes, it may be Italy. And so, I haven’t been anywhere else to choose one right here. Based on where I have been – yes, it seems to me right now that the closest is Italy. – Now questions from you?
– Yes. Yes. So if you could travel in a spaceship to the colony of Mars, without a return ticket, would you do it? – You mean, without a return ticket? To fly there and stay?
– And what will I do there? – Well you said that you like to travel.
– Well, not THAT much. I probably wouldn’t even say that I am
ready to go to any country if there is any danger. I have… to think about my safety. And of course about what you are talking about, yes … I … maybe I will change my opinion in five years, in ten
years, if it will be possible to take such trips… and… …but… I can’t come back? Of course not. Even if I can return I’m not sure that I want to go there before I travel to some other countries, or fly to some other places, where I haven’t been yet. Then no.
– Well thank you.
– There’s more?
– That’s everything? Is this the last question?
– Yes. Aaaah, thank you very much! Thanks for the questions! I liked it. They were difficult for me… some (of them). But it was interesting. Thanks. Bye bye!