I have learned a new phrase of greeting in Russian...but in English...it would sound like Hello Swallow(as in the bird!). So, I must say that my thoughts of a swallow are not very pretty, so I thought I'd look it up to see why Russians think Swallows are beautiful! and a compliment too!
Check out the wikipedia site about swallows...most of them are pretty--much to my surprise. I don't think I would say this phrase in America, but when in Russia, speak like the Russians.