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Old 03-29-2013, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since this is a very international forum, I'd be curious to hear, what different images/stereotypes you have of other countries/inhabitants.

I've got this image in mind of Canadian guys all being huge, have beards, wear lumberjack shirts and timberland boots, drive huge puck-up trucks, and to take it further, I put an husky on the pick-up truck and place both in front of a log house ( naive, as clichés are, I know. Never been in Canada, but some pictures I've seen in this forum confirm at least some of this stereotyes ).

BTW: Switzerland and Sweden are two different countries!
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is there anything in Switzerland besides banks, and cheese?
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is there anything in Switzerland besides banks, and cheese?


Chocolate!
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oh yeh, chocolate....and i hear theres some mountains over there too

any stereotypes you've heard about the US are probably true, which is why many here find them so upsetting, LOL

it was only when i lived outside the US for a few years, and could see it from the outside as others do, that it became clear what a-holes we really are, collectively speaking
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oh yeh, chocolate....and i hear theres some mountains over there too

any stereotypes you've heard about the US are probably true, which is why many here find them so upsetting, LOL

it was only when i lived outside the US for a few years, and could see it from the outside as others do, that it became clear what a-holes we really are, collectively speaking
Same for me after 15 years Living in it. With all due respect. The American Exceptionality (or rather lack of) being the first. It's basically a big island, with a huge complex of superiority.
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any stereotypes you've heard about the US are probably true, which is why many here find them so upsetting, LOL
One thing I heard frequently: US Americans are soooo exaggerated emotional. Found this confirmed when I've been at a scientific congress at NY. We, rather reserved, Mid/North Europeans were rather irritated by all this euphoria and emotions
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Americans are over-shrinked, over-medicated, over-sedated and pop meds like breath mints. An American pain of "I want Morphine now 10! " is equal to "I'll be fine 4 " to everyone else.

As a Filipino born and naturalized American, your turn. I promise no hurt feelings.

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Since this is a very international forum, I'd be curious to hear, what different images/stereotypes you have of other countries/inhabitants.

I've got this image in mind of Canadian guys all being huge, have beards, wear lumberjack shirts and timberland boots, drive huge puck-up trucks, and to take it further, I put an husky on the pick-up truck and place both in front of a log house ( naive, as clichés are, I know. Never been in Canada, but some pictures I've seen in this forum confirm at least some of this stereotyes ).

BTW: Switzerland and Sweden are two different countries!
We don't wear timberlands! But the rest is pretty true.
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I picture everyone in Japan owning boatloads of electronics and being very adept at using them. I picture the Chinese as being stuck about 20 years ago in most things, but up to date with technology.

I think Brazilians just have sex and play soccer all the time, and I want to go (even though I hate soccer).

I've been to the states a lot over the years, and I always feel a little different there, like I should keep my wallet in my inside jacket pocket instead of my jeans back pocket.

I'd love to visit the home country of Finland. But I imagine the only time any of them ever talk is while having a drink after the sauna.

I picture Germans as being VERY SERIOUS. Fun has a time and it's NOT NOW. They will tell me when fun time is, and we will have fun until fun times designated ending, and then it is serious time again.

I picture France as similar to Quebec, but with even more attitude.

I picture the English, Irish and Scottish as drunk all the time, and pretty much EXACTLY as they seem on Coronation Street. I'm almost half Irish.

I picture Canadians as a little too proud. We're just a few people living in a massive country, with massive resources. We're lucky the states doesn't invade us!!! If they weren't so nice we'd be fucked.

Fact: EVERY Canadian over the age of 10 has poked a campfire with a stick at least once (proof below). When looking through my facebook pics, I realize there are at least 5 occasions where there's a campfire pictured. And in ALL of those occasions I remember poking the fire. Sorry about the lack of beard and lumberjack shirt!

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my wife is French..when we first started seeing eachother in college she asked me if i would come to France with her, i was like, I don't know. Why? she asked. an i proceed to exhibit my complete ignorance of the outside world...i asked (in all seriousness) well, do they have showers over there? do they have clothes washers and dishwashers? (!)...not like cleanliness was one of my own forte's LOL...she assured me it would all be ok, and we ended up going, and living there for 3 years...and staying very clean all the while , HAha
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