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  • #1053456
    Avatarskibler
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    Damn this took a long time to tyoe whike nodding. I was ondering what europeans thought about americans? ive heard good things and horrible things, :yakk:

    #1255855
    Avatarthelog
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    well I speak with americans on a daily basis playing battlefield 3. I find its the same with any chicken coop. You get good eggs and bad eggs.

    #1255871
    AvatarMC G-Tek
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    Well put Log, very true. They have given us some great people over the years & we welcomed them into our hearts. We gave them John Lennon & they shot him!

    #1255857
    AvatarGylfi Gudbjornsson
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    The Americans I’ve meet have been 50/50, while on holiday in the Dominican republic the lots I met were rude, idiotic pigs of humans, they verbally abuse hotel staff on a regular basis. The saving grace of the holiday was two Canadian girls kayley and Sarah, who, me and my stepbro shared many a joint with, and I slept with, we

    Now, when I went to Florida (its not a real state I know lol) we (my family) avoided The tourist traps like Disney and that. We had the best time and I met a lot of diamond people, even found a group of football fans (soccer) no spurs fans though lol

    My general observation is that I’d rather meet; not just Americans, but anyone inside the effort zone so as to gain a proper view of there persona……still, those Americans cannot drink to save the lives hahaha

    #1255865
    Avatarsungazer
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    In general? More puritanical and uptight than Europeans, irrationaly god-fearing and anti-science (or even common sense). Very militaristic and biased towards their armed forces, and reluctant to concede they ever get things wrong or willing to think about things from anothers point of view. Pretty arrogant about their status as a super-power, belief that their laws trump other places, and that their citizens should get special treatment. Terrified of ‘terrorism’ (guess it replaces the ‘communist’ boogeyman). Inexplicably in favour of extreme capitalism despite the fact that 99% of you would be better off if you didn’t let the corporations+extreme rich run your lives.

    #1255867
    Avatarskibler
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    haha good answers…… even thoough i dont remember typing this at all last night….. thanks guys. and your right. florida is defiantly not a real state.

    #1255853
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    At least half of Americans are OK. They are however let down by the other half who should loudest, and worse are prepared to use significant power to keep the rest of the good people down. because of this the entire country gets a bad name.

    #1255868
    Avatarskibler
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    To be honest ever since I was a little kid, we would sometiems go to foreign countries for vacation and stuff back when my parents had money. I remember being so embarassed by how ignorant some americans were ecspecially towards others and the enviorment. Really upset me. My dad was one of those people.

    #1255861
    Avatarknow_hope
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    america is big

    #1255869
    Avatarskibler
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    masssive.

    #1255866
    Avatarsungazer
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    McLargehuge.

    #1255872
    AvatarMC G-Tek
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    I think they prefer the term ‘supersize’!

    #1255858
    AvatarGylfi Gudbjornsson
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    I meet a few of the Flip Skateboards team today over in hemel today, sound old boys I tell thee…

    #1255863
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    In terms of reputation, I would have to say that Americans on holiday abroad have a much better reputation, than English people abroad.

    On an individual level, I get on pretty well with most Americans. On a society level, I think both societies have a certain… fixation. It seems that freedom is cherished, but you try getting away with your own life style if that life style is seen as politically correct or anti-social. Which I think is hypocrisy. On the other hand, without seeing faults, how can faults be corrected?

    #1255873
    AvatarMC G-Tek
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    @Pat McDonald 487366 wrote:

    In terms of reputation, I would have to say that Americans on holiday abroad have a much better reputation, than English people abroad.

    Agreed. I was in Hamburg a little over a year ago for the Haye – Klitschko fight & finally understood why the English are so hated abroad. The behaviour of some people out there was just embarassing (won’t say who, but certain people who have a reputation for being troublemaking, thieving cunts didn’t disappoint, even 3 generations of the same family working in unison at 1 point) – for the first time in my life I was ashamed to be English. Americans abroad also have a better reputation than us because only 10% of them own a passport & these are likely to be more enlightened than most Americans, borne out by the fact that they are aware there is a world outside their own country’s borders.

    #1255862
    Avatarknow_hope
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    @Pat McDonald 487366 wrote:

    In terms of reputation, I would have to say that Americans on holiday abroad have a much better reputation, than English people abroad

    maybe where our only similarity with germany is (except royalty) now, that abroad, half of us go around shaking our heads and trying to show we’re not all like that… oh and that we both quite like sausages, tho we dont have quite the same passion, like they’l have they’re ‘special’ sausage, served in isolation on a plate, actually pick it up, dip it in sauce and then put it in their mouth without actually breaking off the sausage, just rolling it around allowing the sauce to flow in, and as the sausage is often considered of high quality, they just taste the skin at first and the sausage actually comes out of the mouth again, fully intact, just caressing the lips to get a lil taster and making sure not to use teeth that could tear the skin and spoil the moment. the process is repeated before actually being eaten… if only someone could have got footage of the blatantly camp hitler eating one of these bad boys, it may’v been enough to end ww2… anyhow………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. going a tad off topic… :rolleyes: my gf is an american, and i like her so….. although i found out her sister thinks i sound like a ‘posh twat’ so i dont like americans anymore… but yeh, its quite a big place… its a bit like saying ‘europeans are…’ … well not really, but its quite a large chunk of rock and a fair few people live there… its not got a whole lot of history (anymore) so maybe doesn’t have so many past experiences to draw upon, whereas in europe where da history is (where we’re further down the road of civilisation based in the ability to sustainably oppress and thieve), we may see actions of usa as being ummm ‘youthful’ (but are the actions of many [as in countries] really ever responsible…? is there anywhere where the actions of those that can affect many, really acting with kindness?… selflessness?… are we even evolved enough yet to act with ‘selflessness’ … our ego tells us ‘yes’ but is it lying?…) … but on an individual level…….. individuals are ‘individual’… an individual can be anything, anywhere, pretty much…………………… or is that just naive optimism, and actually we’re all doomed to absorb whatever nonsensical idiocy that happens to permeate our environment? … blabmark8!….

    #1255870
    Avatarskibler
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    Yeah I defiantly didnt mean to come off as saying Amercians are all the same. I know alot of people see it as that though. For instance being in North Carolina I hear on a weekly or monthly basis reamarks that people in Tennesse are hill billys and red necks. But i dont think a border changes much. Its stupid if you ask me. I do know we get a bad rep for a bunch of fuckin asshole americans who have that superiority attitude. that pisses me off so much when people think they are better than someone, ecspeccially just because they are from a certain country.

    #1255854
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    I am lucky inasmuch that though I am English by birth and proud of it, I am of Asian ancestry and can get by in other European languages which makes it easy enough to distance myself from my more idiotic countrymen when required (another thing what annoys me is folk who insist everyone else must speak English when they are in a foreign country, although sadly I know very little of any Asian languages as both my parents grew up speaking English as they came from different racial groups in Malaysia which did not share common languages then).

    As for sausages, they are a common thing across UK, DE other Northern European countries and the US. A German friend said that it wasn’t true they have better ones, there were as many poor quality ones and ones what contained dubious mystery meat (at least until the EU put a stop to some of them), many of these have shifted across the USA.

    In some NL schools and colleges, an English teacher who teaches his pupils ropey English (Dunglish or steenkolenengels) is given a sausage as a mock award, because he is the “worst” English teacher 😉

    I am aware of the type of sausage know_hope mentions and its method of consumption, but I think its only a certain type of sausage popular with the older generation.

    Everyone else in North Europe eats sausages normally and in a rather more civilised manner. When I was in a hotel in East Berlin in 2001 for work (my then employers had a contract to revamp a local TV studio for Turkish people) they had this amazing contraption at breakfast which heated up bratwurst using a water bath below, not too much steam to make them damp and grey, and amazingly it was connected via a 2 pin Europlug yet made out of all stainless steel, and there is no way that could have been sold in DE with their strict safety rules as a class 2 (not earthed) appliance unless they had managed to make the whole thing electrically insulated. It would also be able to be plugged in from the 6A lighting circuit due to its low current consumption – maybe some Germans have breakfast in summer houses or log cabins or other places with limited electric supplies.

    Anyway the combination of a 7am start and having drunk much Bier the night before meant that I made sure to eat as many of these as I could, the Germans must have been thinking “These English are half-starved in their country”. Also I had to call the UK to obtain a code for some software, and was so distracted by the food and the interesting gadget I completely forget my phone would be on the host nations dialling plan, forgot the 00 44 and rang up some random woman in Berlin who answered after just one ring and had to say in my best German “Entschuldigen Sie bitte, Ich habe ein falsche Nummer gewählt”.

    When I got to site I had to download this new software patch, asked for a telephone socket and was promptly shown a ISDN connector. I had to explain that in the UK very few places had ISDN other than some music studio circuits or a E1 for a whole office phone system, I certainly didn’t have a terminal adapter card on my laptop and would need a old fashioned analogue line.

    In the end I had to invade the CEOs office (which was like something out of a movie scene of a middle east dictator but he was actually a really sound chap), where there was a fax machine normally only used to communicate with Turkey and other developing nations. I managed to plug my laptop inusing the connection there and get the right damn number and not blast any more Germans with modem tones (which would be even more annoying in a nation were ISDN was more common) – at least the CEO wasn’t annoyed by this upheaval but found the antics of the “crazy English” highly amusing…to be fair they were really appreciative of the new equipment (thankfully they didn’t get any kit with a duff power supply) though I can see why other nations think Britain is a big backward..

    #1255864
    AvatarChrispydelic
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    I have no problems with Americans per se. But I do have a problem with the way your government seems to think that it is the police of the world (when it suits them) and intervenes way too much in how other countries conduct themselves. Just because you believe in the American dream and think democracy is the way doesn’t mean that you have to try to make everyone else the same as you!

    Apart from that you are fine!

    #1255859
    AvatarFizzbombheid
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    yanks can be annoying. the whooping an a hollering over any simple action gets right on my paps man. “Hey Josh the postmans just delivered the mail” cue “Whoah Yeah AWSOME clap clap woop woop etc and don’t start me on the “in the hole’ guys at the golf. par 5, 545 yards…..first shot….swing whoosh ping…..”in the hole!” feckin impossible Hank, impossible:you_crazy

    on the whole though, nice folks with no concept on the world outside there own borders. no biggy though, why should they care?

    i lived there for 6 months and it was the best time of my life. met and lived amongst some great folks and a few arseholes too. just like anywhere really.

    and any country that has the word ‘spangled’ in their anthem is alright with me dude raaa as i was spangled out my tree for practically the whole time i was there! Yee feckin Hah cowboy :weee:

    #1255874
    AvatarMC G-Tek
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    @Chrispydelic 487454 wrote:

    I have no problems with Americans per se. But I do have a problem with the way your government seems to think that it is the police of the world (when it suits them) and intervenes way too much in how other countries conduct themselves.

    Team America – World Police!

    #1255860
    Avatarmanaman
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    @sungazer 487295 wrote:

    In general? More puritanical and uptight than Europeans, irrationaly god-fearing and anti-science (or even common sense). Very militaristic and biased towards their armed forces, and reluctant to concede they ever get things wrong or willing to think about things from anothers point of view. Pretty arrogant about their status as a super-power, belief that their laws trump other places, and that their citizens should get special treatment. Terrified of ‘terrorism’ (guess it replaces the ‘communist’ boogeyman). Inexplicably in favour of extreme capitalism despite the fact that 99% of you would be better off if you didn’t let the corporations+extreme rich run your lives.

    Oi, im not American

    #1255856
    Avatarthelog
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    @MC G-Tek 487498 wrote:

    Team America – World Police!

    LOL, that kinda sums it up for me.

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