there! It’s super cool to play ocs with an ethnicity different than
English/American. It really is. However, there are specs you need to know to be
as realistic as possible. Plus, there’s also a chance you’ll run into a person
familiar with said culture, and that can cause an awkward situation. I grew up
in a post-Soviet country where nearly 50% of the population is Russian, and
every adult I know is fluent in the language.
Now, I’m not claiming I know everything, however, it irks me when I see
common mishaps again and again in the rpc. (E.g. naming your character “Natasha”
when it’s actually supposed to be the nickname for “Natalya”). So, here’s a
list that includes tips on how to properly name your Russian oc, a list of
popular Russian male and female names that include the most typical nickname if
there is one, and a list of Russian last names that I have encountered in my
life. I hope this helps! Likes and reblogs are appreciated!