When you start dating Russian women through an agency, it can be hard to figure out which girl is right for you. Not only do you need to read between the lines of a profile, you also need to know about cultural norms. It really helps if you contact women who speak at least a little bit of English. Using translators is not only expensive, but you lose that feeling of intimacy or spark when going through a translator. You will also want to search for potential Russian brides who are within 10 years of your age. Russian women generally prefer older men but having someone in the same age group is important for maturity. When first contacting a woman, make sure that you are being polite and use her full name, not any nicknames. Dating Russian women is a much more formal process than the open and friendly process in the west. After making contact, you can become much more formal and start to ask important questions about future goals and desires. There are so many candidates in Russian dating that it helps to get these questions out right away and to see if you are compatible before wasting any time.