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Old 06-05-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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I was wondering how the rest of the world views Americans. What comes to mind? Also what have been your experiences? Do they reinforce the stereotype or do the opposite?

I'm a well-traveled, open-minded and cultured American, so I won't be offended by what anyone says.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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Europeans think American tourists dress in sloppy clothes. A couple of friends of mine dressed nicely when they went to Europe. The woman wore heels, not the comfortable walking shoes that other American women wear. Everyone thought the couple were European. They were shocked to hear American English coming out of their mouths, because the way they were dressed didn't fit the stereotype.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:20 AM
 
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Fat and stupid - often true.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:46 AM
 
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You can issue? I understand we are talking about stereotypes about Americans (as he sees the rest of the world Americans) or I did not understand?If this is so, then Insolent and arrogant.Met in life, but not all, of course (I think it depends on the upbringing)

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Old 06-06-2012, 04:12 AM
 
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Well, being from Puerto Rico, Americans are a people always preoccupied about race. I find that to be true a lot of the time.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:17 AM
 
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For me it looks like many Americans have ADHD or something.
They have to move/talk all the time, and they like to do that as loud as possible so everyone can see/hear them too, like they think they are playing in a movie and the camera can't hear their voices so they have to speak up.
Americans invented Overacting.

I actually look like a American after doing cocaine.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:25 AM
 
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I was wondering how the rest of the world views Americans. What comes to mind? Also what have been your experiences? Do they reinforce the stereotype or do the opposite?

I'm a well-traveled, open-minded and cultured American, so I won't be offended by what anyone says.

i very much like americans , probabley the friendliest nation on earth and certainly the most hospitable

the stereotypes have rarely presented themselves and even they do , i like them
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:56 AM
 
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For me it looks like many Americans have ADHD or something.
They have to move/talk all the time, and they like to do that as loud as possible so everyone can see/hear them too, like they think they are playing in a movie and the camera can't hear their voices so they have to speak up.
Americans invented Overacting.

I actually look like a American after doing cocaine.
Thankfully, only young 20-somethings American tourists fit the bill. Also, most Americans don't travel outside of the country, so you're meeting a very small section of America that isn't representative. The loudest, rude American tourist is usually under 30 and on Spring Break or in between university semesters or study abroad students
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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I have an American friend (exchange student) and she definitely reinforces the stereotype in some ways, LOL. Sometimes she will go out in clothes that are only meant for the gym (sweatpants, sneakers, wide shirt) but she wears normal clothes most of the time. She is also concerned with her weight and always on some type of diet, even though she's not overweight (in my experience "weight" is a much bigger issue in the US than it is here). Then again, she also eats much more fastfood (I mean food that she doesn't cook herself but orders somewhere, like fries or pizza or Chinese food) than anyone else I know. And then one time she wanted to take me and and a few other friends out to dinner for a special occasion and we went to the Pizza Hut Really nice food there btw

On the other hand, she doesn't reinforce the American stereotype in other ways:

- She's well-travelled
- She studies French in University
- She's not at all patriotic

I don't take stereotypes too seriously anyway, they're caricatures more than anything.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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I grew up with a mom that wasn't American, so I see some of the differences you've mentioned.

That's interesting that many of you mentioned the clothes. When I'm in the US, I don't mind going to the grocery store in sweatpants, but I wouldn't elsewhere in the world and I don't think my mom would be very proud. Even on the plane my mom didn't allow us to wear sweats and that stayed with me even now that I'm on my own.

Also, growing up, we always ate in and only went out for special occasions. I didn't go to my first taco bell until college. Sadly though, now eating out has been the norm for me.

As for the ADHD thing, I agree, I think sometimes we don't know how to relax and I think that's why maybe most are ok with 2-3 weeks paid vacation per year, and sadly many people don't even take those vacations.

I know many of the things mentioned were stereotypes as well, but I just wanted to see how many of view have actually experienced those.
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