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View Poll Results: USA, More like...? (people)
Germanic Europeans 82 65.08%
Latin Europeans 15 11.90%
Other (specify) 29 23.02%
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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British culture can be as polite, imo americans want to appear kind to everybody, sometimes it can appear forced and not natural.

I dont see much similarities between American and scandinavian cultures for example.
Germans are more direct people, I'd say the American culture is rather scpecifically of Anglospheric and British variation rather than general of "northern european" variation.
While I know the difference between Britons and Germans of course, I was trying to relate to OP's question as much as possible, that 's why initially I've said that American is clearly a "Northern European" culture since Britons in my opinion fell into this category as well. I did specify however that American culture is the modified version of British culture nevertheless.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:55 AM
 
Location: SE Estonia
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More like Germanic but more social than any Germanic people in Europe I think.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:18 AM
 
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It's most probably neither. I don't think many places can be classified as Germanic or Latin unless they are actually primarily those cultures like Germany or Spain.

The US is most probably more similar to other English speaking countries like UK, Ireland, NZ, Canada and Australia. The people in these countries are warm and friendly in the majority. All countries have their own uniqueness though.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 4710'N 025'E
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It's most probably neither. I don't think many places can be classified as Germanic or Latin unless they are actually primarily those cultures like Germany or Spain.
Well, "germanic" doesn't relates more to Germany then to the other germanic-speaking countries. This is the fact that in English "Deutschland" is called "Germany" that might led to this idea. Germany is just one germanic countries among other and certainly not the absolute reference of Germanicness. The origin os "germanicness" is southern Scandinavia, not Germany.

The same way, "latin" doesn't especially refers to Spain... Spain has been latinized at one point of its history to be now a latin-speaking nation. the origin of latinity is obviously Rome, in Italy. Spain is latin by its language but everything from Spain is not neceserally "latin" (there are things in Spanish culture from Arabs, Berbers, Celts, Germanics tribes, Iberians, Basques, etc...) actually not more than things from France, Portugal or Italy.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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Well, "germanic" doesn't relates more to Germany then to the other germanic-speaking countries. This is the fact that in English "Deutschland" is called "Germany" that might led to this idea. Germany is just one germanic countries among other and certainly not the absolute reference of Germanicness. The origin os "germanicness" is southern Scandinavia, not Germany.

The same way, "latin" doesn't especially refers to Spain... Spain has been latinized at one point of its history to be now a latin-speaking nation. the origin of latinity is obviously Rome, in Italy. Spain is latin by its language but everything from Spain is not neceserally "latin" (there are things in Spanish culture from Arabs, Berbers, Celts, Germanics tribes, Iberians, Basques, etc...) actually not more than things from France, Portugal or Italy.
I think "Germanic" is a an overused term so I agree with what you have said. How you have described Latin as per Spain would also be the same for countries like UK, Ireland etc as far as labelling them "Germanic". The main language might be Germanic but their cultures has many other sources.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 4710'N 025'E
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I think "Germanic" is a an overused term so I agree with what you have said. How you have described Latin as per Spain would also be the same for countries like UK, Ireland etc as far as labelling them "Germanic". The main language might be Germanic but their cultures has many other sources.
Yes, words should be used for what they mean only.

I would label Spain latin the same way I would label the UK or Ireland as Germanic. We just have to not assume that belonging to one of those groups of cultures is supposed to mean be totally identical to the other cultures of that group. I feel it like families, in one family you have diverse individuals with their own personality and influences and in the same time a belonging to a more general group, with a "familial" identity.

"germanic", "latin", "slavic", "arabic", etc. are generic cultural matrix based. The cultural matrixes are shaped mainly by the use of a language, that is the main tool of carrying of a culture.

For exemple, old Irish culture used to be labelled as "celtic" because the language was celtic-based. It would be not correct to assume other things from this such as labelling everything coming from ireland as being automatically "celtic" just because the language use to be celtic at one point of its history (for exemple the so-called "celtic music" that is very en vogue today has almost nothing especially celtic; it is just medieval-style European music as it existed everywhere else in Europe), or being genetically decending from the Hallstatt or other romantis ideas.

Just the same way I find quite strange to label "latin music" all those moslty African-derived rythms from the Caribean Spanish speaking countries such as Cuba, Dominican republic, etc. while Italian music is mostly not considered "latin" by the big music stores and companies...
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Europe
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This thread was about impressions interacting with locals when one travel, not exactly about culture or real heritages... By the way your discussions are interesting, it's OK.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:03 AM
 
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I think there might be a slight Latin influence in the states that border Mexico, but overall, especially on the East Coast, it seems much more Germanic like.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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Well, "germanic" doesn't relates more to Germany then to the other germanic-speaking countries. This is the fact that in English "Deutschland" is called "Germany" that might led to this idea. Germany is just one germanic countries among other and certainly not the absolute reference of Germanicness. The origin os "germanicness" is southern Scandinavia, not Germany.

The same way, "latin" doesn't especially refers to Spain... Spain has been latinized at one point of its history to be now a latin-speaking nation. the origin of latinity is obviously Rome, in Italy. Spain is latin by its language but everything from Spain is not neceserally "latin" (there are things in Spanish culture from Arabs, Berbers, Celts, Germanics tribes, Iberians, Basques, etc...) actually not more than things from France, Portugal or Italy.

You are wrong..




Germany is as germanic as comes, in character, looks, traditions etc.

The character and looks of people in the UK is quite different from the germanic countries.

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Old 09-06-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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You are wrong..




Germany is as germanic as comes, in character, looks, traditions etc.

The character and looks of people in the UK is quite different from the germanic countries.
Another Traveler86 quality post. Unfortunately, nobody will approve.

What about the 30% of Germans who are of predominantly Slavic/Polish ancestry then? Not real Germans? For instance, most East German cities and regions have names of Slavic origin and even most people there feel culturally closer to the Polish or Czechs than to the Dutch, Danish or English.

Look at that article (in German) which states that only 6% of German men are of FULL Germanic origin whereas 30% are of clearly Slavic stock. Germany isn't limited to homogenous and sparsely populated areas of Lower Saxony or Schleswig-Holstein which are Germanic "heartland".

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