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Old 11-27-2023, 08:51 PM
 
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In the States the attitude trend is NE to SW. Try to fit with your NYC attitude in Lexington, KY. Canada has no regional variation. It is all like a frozen out Dayton, OH.
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Old 11-28-2023, 07:16 AM
 
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I would think that's about the same for any type of people that we don't have first hand experience with.

Two years ago I moved from NY/NJ to the rural areas south of Raleigh. You would (or wouldn't) be surprised at the "assumptions" of Southerners by Northeners. No, they are not bare foot and pregnant, low educated, ignorant Bumpkins. I've found the sweetest, and very sharp, people every where I go. I would never go back north.

Life is wonderful here in the south with a people who understand the meaning of respect, look out for each other, would stop and lend a hand to a stranger, and welcome you with a smile.

I think Canadians are just like anyone else. What you think others look at you like is mostly an assumption by both them and you until we all get an opportunity to meet each other. Then we get to realize that most people on this earth are really very much more alike than different.
Great post. As most of the regulars on here know, I spent a great deal of time in Canada over the past six years or so. I really didn't have many preconceived ideas of Canadians before I met my late fiance (I'd never even heard of "eh"). The Canadians I had met were through business contacts, engineering and aviation people working in New York City. Oh, and my niece in the Boston area married a guy from Montreal.

Your last paragraph is spot on. Wherever we go, we'll find people who are more like us than not.

I had some reverse Canadian-American presumptions. Twice within a short period, two people asked me if I carried a gun, one of them the dentist who was working on my mouth when he asked the question. Really? No, I've never carried a gun, never even touched or held or fired one except for one time maybe 20 years ago when visiting my sister and BIL and they took my other sister, me, and our daughters out into the woods and showed us how to use a shotgun to shoot at clay pigeons.

But c'mon. I'm American, so your first thought is to ask me if I have a gun? LOL. But again, that was only two people out of all those I met in Canada.

My biggest disappointment with Canada is the mysterious absence of unsweetened iced tea in restaurants. They don't have it. But that won't keep me away.
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Old 11-28-2023, 07:48 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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One thing I noticed is Americans I’ve met tend not to swear as much. Maybe it’s just cause I didn’t know them well enough but it seems like crude language is more taboo in the States. Also, wait staff in the US are much friendlier in my experience. Maybe they’re too busy here, but in the States servers seem to actually enjoy the small talk with customers but here a lot of it seems like scripted lines people say with no eye contact while they ring up the credit card machines. Not that expect a conservation from people, just an observation that the culture is a bit different around that.
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Old 11-28-2023, 08:26 AM
 
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It's an interesting topic, but generally speaking I don't spend much time thinking about what people from other countries think about us. It's really really far from being something that offends me.
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Old 11-28-2023, 08:38 AM
 
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One thing I noticed is Americans I’ve met tend not to swear as much. Maybe it’s just cause I didn’t know them well enough but it seems like crude language is more taboo in the States. Also, wait staff in the US are much friendlier in my experience. Maybe they’re too busy here, but in the States servers seem to actually enjoy the small talk with customers but here a lot of it seems like scripted lines people say with no eye contact while they ring up the credit card machines. Not that expect a conservation from people, just an observation that the culture is a bit different around that.
We don’t all talk like the dialog in a Martin Scorsese gangster movie.
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Old 11-28-2023, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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We don’t all talk like the dialog in a Martin Scorsese gangster movie.
We know.

Some of you guys talk like Forrest Gump.
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Old 11-28-2023, 08:49 AM
 
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We know.

Some of you guys talk like Forrest Gump.
Swearin’ is as swearin’ does.
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Old 11-28-2023, 11:52 AM
 
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I personally was not misunderstanding, I was trying to explain how what seems like an unnecessary "sorry" can come across to the average American.



Hmm. I think "uh-huh" as a response to "thank you" sounds borderline rude, and I'm American. More appropriate response are "You're welcome," "Sure!", "No problem," and "Of course"--this last being increasingly common among restaurant servers, I have noticed.
Sorry eh

Uh huh is very common. At least it stands out to Canadian ears. There is a lot of discussion about it on the internet, mostly in groups that I don't think I can link here.
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Old 11-28-2023, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I would think that's about the same for any type of people that we don't have first hand experience with.

Two years ago I moved from NY/NJ to the rural areas south of Raleigh. You would (or wouldn't) be surprised at the "assumptions" of Southerners by Northeners. No, they are not bare foot and pregnant, low educated, ignorant Bumpkins. I've found the sweetest, and very sharp, people every where I go. I would never go back north.

Life is wonderful here in the south with a people who understand the meaning of respect, look out for each other, would stop and lend a hand to a stranger, and welcome you with a smile.

I think Canadians are just like anyone else. What you think others look at you like is mostly an assumption by both them and you until we all get an opportunity to meet each other. Then we get to realize that most people on this earth are really very much more alike than different.
Overall yes, but it is the differences that make travel and life interesting.
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Old 11-28-2023, 12:13 PM
 
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Great post. As most of the regulars on here know, I spent a great deal of time in Canada over the past six years or so. I really didn't have many preconceived ideas of Canadians before I met my late fiance (I'd never even heard of "eh"). The Canadians I had met were through business contacts, engineering and aviation people working in New York City. Oh, and my niece in the Boston area married a guy from Montreal.

Your last paragraph is spot on. Wherever we go, we'll find people who are more like us than not.

I had some reverse Canadian-American presumptions. Twice within a short period, two people asked me if I carried a gun, one of them the dentist who was working on my mouth when he asked the question. Really? No, I've never carried a gun, never even touched or held or fired one except for one time maybe 20 years ago when visiting my sister and BIL and they took my other sister, me, and our daughters out into the woods and showed us how to use a shotgun to shoot at clay pigeons.

But c'mon. I'm American, so your first thought is to ask me if I have a gun? LOL. But again, that was only two people out of all those I met in Canada.

My biggest disappointment with Canada is the mysterious absence of unsweetened iced tea in restaurants. They don't have it. But that won't keep me away.
Some things just don't catch on. I had to adapt to no HP sauce in diners in the US

I suppose you could just order a regular tea and two glasses of ice, one to cool the tea and one to drink from. Pretty sure they would accommodate you.
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