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Old 07-11-2017, 07:27 PM
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It's because American universities are competitive and we are raised to be competitive, which is a good thing.
Says who? Come on it's an annoying quality but generally entertaining, but honestly the competitiveness of some other cultures and the hierarchical nature of the rich from poor countries comes across as really disgusting in my opinion.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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Says who? Come on it's an annoying quality but generally entertaining, but honestly the competitiveness of some other cultures and the hierarchical nature of the rich from poor countries comes across as really disgusting in my opinion.
Competition is great for innovation and I admire Americans for that, but I think a society will eventually become dysfunctional when its people don't balance individual aspirations with care for how their society performs overall.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:54 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.
This comment puzzles me. How are any of those traits unique to Americans?

People buy shirts based off of what they like. You seen a lot of Coke or American flag shirts because they are common. I've seen plenty of people wear them.

Baggy shorts are also worn for comfort.

Flip flops are common in places where the weather permits it. In Australia people live in them in summer.

Like Return2FL said, tattoos are very common nowadays as the negative stigma attached to them has dissipated.

The only way to truly pick out an American is through the accent, and even then it's not always that easy. Every other point is completely moot.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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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.
I deal with a lot of fairly wealthy people. Almost none of them discuss the details of their finances with me, except in highly personal situations. My own personal financial details get shared with my wife, my accountant, the bank and the IRS. Nobody else needs to know.

Health is another story. Many Americans have no issue with their throwing their health details out there right away. I don't see it as a big deal. Americans also tend to be very open with mental health issues.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:56 AM
 
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Says who? Come on it's an annoying quality but generally entertaining, but honestly the competitiveness of some other cultures and the hierarchical nature of the rich from poor countries comes across as really disgusting in my opinion.
Being competitive does not preclude one from being compassionate. Let's not forget that Americans, on a personal level, are some of the most philanthropic people in the world.
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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Americans are actually very easy to spot abroad by the Canadian flags they put on their jackets and backpacks.
I don't know anyone that does that. If they don't like the U.S., they can move, if someone from another country doesn't like the U.S. they can kiss my arse and they're probably just jealous. I've never told anyone I was from Canada when in another country.

It's pretty much common knowledge that the most annoying and obnoxious tourists are Europeans and Asians.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:47 PM
 
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Men. Pressed dress-shirts and khaki pants, and hair that looks like it comes from an old Brylcreem commercial.
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This surprises me, I wouldn't have guessed that American men are "pressed" and well dressed.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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The only way to truly pick out an American is through the accent, and even then it's not always that easy. Every other point is completely moot.
Interesting... What other world accents are easily confused with American?
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:46 PM
 
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Interesting... What other world accents are easily confused with American?
Canadian accents. Most people who are not American or Canadian cannot tell us apart unless they are very tuned into accents.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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comparing everything with ways back home, and criticizing "strange" customs and cultural differences.
This is a double edged sword. I used to work for my American university's foreign student union which was a gathering point for students from all over the world who were in the US for the first time. We had programs to introduce them to American foods and culture as well as trips around the city to familiarize them with the mundane practicalities of how to get along in everyday life while studying and living in the US.

Although I really liked most of our students, the quote above describes most of them to a 'T'. Everything from food to clothes to shopping, to traffic, everything imaginable, was compared, criticized, and even mocked. The one comment I heard a lot that defied the stereotype was that 'average Americans were not as fat as they thought they would be'. The French and Germans were the worst about it. Norwegians and Swedes were far more laid back and accepting of 'Americanness'. Obviously the Brits and Australians rarely made it past the first meeting because they were more independent in the American setting.

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If they wore clothing with a slimmer fit and didn't speak as loud, they wouldn't be noticeable.
I always wonder when concerning how loud Americans are, how Europeans would react if they were confronted with a certain subset of Americans, the Latinos of the Caribbean, especially Afro-Latinos like Dominicans. They make the type of mainstream Americans one might encounter touristing around Europe seem like they have taken a vow of silence.
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