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Old 05-16-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: CA
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Also, most Dutch speak perfect Americanized English.
That explains a lot....I've met a few Dutch who hardly had a detectable accent to me. I thought maybe they had lost it from living in the US...
It's funny, you think they'd speak English more like Brits, being closer to them.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:29 PM
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Location: St Simons Island, GA
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In Germany, maybe Frankfurt and Heidelberg.
I agree about Frankfurt, because it's so modern...much of that has to do with the massive postwar rebuilding program.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:00 PM
 
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Since you are from California anywhere in Latin America should feel like a California city

But to answer your question any big city in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or UK is going to feel like US because of the language and culture.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:07 PM
 
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Since you are from California anywhere in Latin America should feel like a California city

But to answer your question any big city in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or UK is going to feel like US because of the language and culture.
Any big city in Canada that's not in Quebec, that is.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Since you are from California anywhere in Latin America should feel like a California city

But to answer your question any big city in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or UK is going to feel like US because of the language and culture.
I'd say Australian, New Zealand & British cities, although sharing the same language, have very distinct cultural differences from U.S. ones. Montreal has a very distinct feel & culture too.

That's true about the Latin America-California connection though!
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Brusssels
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That explains a lot....I've met a few Dutch who hardly had a detectable accent to me. I thought maybe they had lost it from living in the US...
It's funny, you think they'd speak English more like Brits, being closer to them.
The Dutch do not dub American TV shows into their language (not economically feasible) but they do subtitle it. The result is that they learn their English pronunciation from American TV imports.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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The same goes for other small north European nations. Sweden is very anglicised.

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The Dutch do not dub American TV shows into their language (not economically feasible) but they do subtitle it. The result is that they learn their English pronunciation from American TV imports.
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: MN
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I disagree with many of the above, but I guess it depends on your perspective and what "feel" you are thinking about. I have never been walking through somewhere like Brussels, Cologne, or Helsinki and thought "wow, this reminds me of Philadelphia".
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Gilbert
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Besides Toronto, which basically is part of the U.S. , let's see:

some suburbs of Mexico City look like they are in California or Arizona: a Wal-Mart, the same houses, the same fast food chains, the same SUVs...

some Dutch suburbs near Nimwegen looked very American, only the houses between the McDonald's and the SUVs were a bit smaller
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Old 05-23-2008, 03:03 PM
 
Location: TX
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Singapore feels like an American city, despite the large Asian population.
If by American you mean New York City and inner Los Angeles, then that's quite true. Outside of them, Singapore is nothing like any American city. It's cramped, congested and much too hectic. I know, I've lived there for two decades.
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