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Old 07-11-2017, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Americans are actually very easy to spot abroad by the Canadian flags they put on their jackets and backpacks.


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Old 07-11-2017, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Depends. Of course the ones we all don't spot we'll never know where they are from. It also depends where they are from, and where they are visiting.

A New Yorker in Toronto, may be harder to spot than a New Yorker in Biggar, Saskatchewan.

Overall and a huge generalization, the things that make me believe someone is from the US BEFORE they speak, are women who wear heavy make-up, and bold coloured clothes. Sometime clunky flashy jewelry, and yes Acajack, baseball caps with ponytails. Here in Vancouver, perhaps 15 years ago they were around here, but even then, my assumption was that they were visiting Americans, although I'm sure some Canadian women wore them, you rarely see that in Vancouver anymore.

Men. Pressed dress-shirts and khaki pants, and hair that looks like it comes from an old Brylcreem commercial.

They tend NOT to be from major cities, but smaller and mid-sized cities in the US. Also, people in their 40's and up.

Younger Americans, harder to tell, except some of the " ghetto " wear that you see. Can't speak for the ROC, but here in Vancouver it really stands out as being foreign.

After they open their mouths? Well, I'm afraid chances are if you hear someone speaking very loudly...again, not everyone. Although my friend from LA speaks very loudly in public, even in restaurants...almost shouting. Ugh.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:13 PM
 
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Wearing something that has their university's abbreviated name on it (e.g. UCLA). That's another distinguisher.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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You see that from Americans outside of the US? I don't, especially Americans with giant cups abroad. I rarely even see such Americans in the US. Other than comparing things to back home and drinking straight from the bottle or can, most of the above is a made up stereotype. Most of the Americans I run into outside of the country are extremely polite, almost to a fault.

I'm very good at picking out Americans and Canadians overseas, but since Americans are not supposed to answer, I refrain from saying how. Interesting though, that many of the Swiss could pass as Americans and vice versa.
Oh yeah, I do see them just like that (of course not ALL of them!) Well travelled Americans tend to observe and adjust, but those who make the one in a life journey beyond their backyard behave like they are still on their backyard. You know, those Walmart types.
If I would start to take pictures while overseas, some of you would say it was very rude of me. So I don't. And I didn't comment about them not being polite. Most of them are, just not all have manners.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Wearing something that has their university's abbreviated name on it (e.g. UCLA). That's another distinguisher.
It's not necessary THEIR university - just a shirt with logo. Like people wearing a shirt with Coca-cola logo, or American flag, baggy shorts and flip-flops are easy to spot in the crowd. People with tattoos, although some Australians like tattoos too.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:18 PM
 
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Italians, Germans, Brits, Spaniards are Russians are the most tattooed people in the world according to the internet.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:25 PM
 
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It's not necessary THEIR university - just a shirt with logo. Like people wearing a shirt with Coca-cola logo, or American flag, baggy shorts and flip-flops are easy to spot in the crowd. People with tattoos, although some Australians like tattoos too.
It might not always be their university, but I notice that Americans are prouder about where they were educated or what college sports team they were on.

When I went to university, it was mainly just academics. There's no emotional connection to it. University in America seems more social and memorable.

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Old 07-11-2017, 06:35 PM
 
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It's not necessary THEIR university - just a shirt with logo. Like people wearing a shirt with Coca-cola logo, or American flag, baggy shorts and flip-flops are easy to spot in the crowd. People with tattoos, although some Australians like tattoos too.
It might not always be their university, but I notice that Americans are prouder about where they were educated or what college sports team they were on. Maybe that's because American universities are better for socialising and recreation?

When I went to university, it was mainly just academics. There's no emotional connection to it.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:41 PM
 
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It might not always be their university, but I notice that Americans are prouder about where they were educated or what college sports team they were on. Maybe that's because American universities are better for socialising and recreation?

When I went to university, it was mainly just academics. There's no emotional connection to it.
It's because American universities are competitive and we are raised to be competitive, which is a good thing.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:21 PM
 
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It's because American universities are competitive and we are raised to be competitive, which is a good thing.
Are you also raised to be open? You meet Steve from North Carolina and he shares personal details about his life (including health and financial issues) within 5 minutes.

The openness some Americans have with strangers is interesting. You're very confident, open and friendly people.
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