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Old 07-15-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Americans have a very short attention span. Media soundbytes keep them "informed".
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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A lot of Americans stereotype themselves. I really noticed this during my travels to Europe. The "ugly American" syndrome. For example, while walking down the streets of Amsterdam, I overheard several Americans, complaining rather loudly about the lack of fast-food chains, the 'offensiveness' of certain museum displays, and all the 'tiny cars'. These people stood out like a turd in a punchbowl... and really reinforced a lot of the negative stereotypes about Americans. Quite embarrassing. I also noticed similar behavior during trips to Mexico. Of course this doesn't apply to all Americans, but there sure do seem to be enough of them to plant these preconceived notions in people's minds.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Americans stereotypes (and the reality):

We only speak one language -- English -- and do it rather badly at that. (Mostly true)

We don't know or care much about foreign affairs anywhere unless our military is or might be involved. (Mostly True)

We are way too religious. (Might be true.)

We all want to drive big cars. (Might be true.)

We are too uptight about sex. (True if you're talking to many Europeans, but for others we're too liberal about it.)

We all worship the 2nd amendment and love, just love, our guns, despite high murder rates. (Might be True)

W're uncivilized for having the criminal death penalty (Mostly True)

We know and care little about the world's most popular sport, soccer. (Was True, but that's changing).
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I think it's pretty sad we limit ourself to English. American English sounds ugly. Children, in America, should be taught at Kindergarten a language other than English.

What's wrong with pastel and shorts? <-----NEVER NEVER wear shorts in France. I wear capris due to vanity. Lots of denim. I DO notice Canadians dress up to go grocery shopping!! Fortunately, when I went in the Canadian grocery store no one stared or said anything rude, they probably figured just another American!!
LOL! Nothing wrong with pastel and shorts. I see lots of people shorts and flip flops at the grocery store around here.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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LOL! Nothing wrong with pastel and shorts. I see lots of people shorts and flip flops at the grocery store around here.
Considering some of the things I see European tourists wear in America, I can't believe THEY think pastel colors and shorts are tacky and passe.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Europeans love to beat us Americans up on this one. But it makes sense that many of them are multi-lingual, because Europe consists of a number of relatively small countries tucked in close together, whose inhabitants speak different languages. Whereas, the United States is a big, (basically) mono-linguistic nation. There's simply no need for most Americans to ever speak any language other than English.

As an example . . . according to Google Maps, the driving distance from Lisbon to Moscow is nearly the same as that from New York to Los Angeles. If the driver wishes to speak with the inhabitants of the areas through which he will pass in their respective native tongues, he will need to know SIX different languages for the first trip. But the second one can be accomplished from end to end speaking English the whole way.

And that's why Europeans tend to speak more languages than Americans!
I disagree...many places in The U.S especially boarder towns were settled by people who spoke a language other than English. In the case of where I am, it's French.

True, Europe is made of little countries which are about the size of Texas. However, I think we are limiting ourselves by only speaking English.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Americans have a very short attention span. Media soundbytes keep them "informed".
Agreed we are jerked around by the media. We no longer have real journalism. I think the best thing to do is question EVERY story we read. It's not new though look at this: Psychology's tall tales
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Considering some of the things I see European tourists wear in America, I can't believe THEY think pastel colors and shorts are tacky and passe.
How about showering? Most Americans shower, fastidiously, and wear lots of stuff to keep body smells at bay.

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia.
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Some of the international stereotypes I am aware of of Americans:

3. They like to wear pastel colors
Haha I've never heard this stereotype.

The whole 'not speaking any language other than English' is more a general stereotype of English speakers.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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You mean like all Americans are fat, loud, dress like bums and eat at McDonald's everyday?

Hey, hey, now this is hitting home.
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