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Post by quinn allman's hair. on Mon 18 May 2009, 7:48 pm

Y'know, those ideas people from other countries seem to have about yours that are frankly, completely wrong. LMFAOOO

Like how Australians are thought to always say "G'day mate!" as a greeting, have a kangaroo for a pet and walk around in speedos.

And English people are thought to all love tea and horses and be kinda, well, snooty. whatnow? O_O

Do they annoy you, or are you like me and find them utterly hilarious?
And am I missing anything? lol@chu
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Post by extraordinary machine. on Mon 18 May 2009, 7:54 pm

Haha, I'm Canadian. I'm meant to say "EH?!?!?" every second word, love pancakes with syrup, play and watch hockey religiously and live in an Igloo and travel by snowmobile. Not to mention that I own a beaver as a pet.

Canadian stereotypes are just funny. I always make fun of myself, because I do say eh a lot, and I love pancakes with syrup and I love hockey. So, this is me, eh? The Canadian girl from Toronto, eh? Come and watch the leafs play the sens with me. The leafs are beauty this year, ya know. Take off if you don't think so, hoser.


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Post by Sheepy on Mon 18 May 2009, 8:04 pm

The english tea-drinking uptight holierthanthou my-monocle-art-more-spiffing-than-your-monocle stereotype is lol lol@chu

I do say it's rather charming, really. you dont matter.

People who believe every english person's like that need a culture shock.
I'm sure I could find some pimpin' 12-year-old gangsta chav I could send to anyone for such a purpose. ^_^
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Post by LADIES AND GENTLEMEN on Mon 18 May 2009, 8:23 pm

Lol I had actually never heard any of those Canada stereotypes before.


I don't... really have any, myself. If anything I espected china and bali to be more western than they were. and obviously I don't assume all americans are fat, because my girlfriend is one (':

I have had people say before though that they expected to like, hop off a plane in australia and have kangaroos everywhere.


But it's funny, like, there's some things that seem so normal to us and yet completely weird other people out.

For england, I have a friend of mine who explained that 'all right' meant hello. Like, he comed up and goes 'Orright mikey!' and I'm all '...yes, why?' and apparently it's just english slang for 'Hey'. Which was weird to me.

Same as americans (I'm looking at you, marlee) don't understand the weird thing australians have with adding 'ie' to the end of everything.

Like, say, sunnies, barbie, tinnie, footie/footy, etc.

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Post by quinn allman's hair. on Mon 18 May 2009, 8:27 pm

the missing piece. wrote:For england, I have a friend of mine who explained that 'all right' meant hello. Like, he comed up and goes 'Orright mikey!' and I'm all '...yes, why?' and apparently it's just english slang for 'Hey'. Which was weird to me.
LOL@CHUUU That'd be hilarious!
The Canadian one's pretty funny as well, eh. wasnt me. lol@chu


I live in a fairly bushy area so it's not uncommon to see a random wallaby bounding across the road or have a near collision with a wombat at midnight, but it's not exactly an everyday occurence. lol@chu
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Post by LADIES AND GENTLEMEN on Mon 18 May 2009, 8:34 pm

OH MY LORD WOMBATS. I LOVE WOMBATS. AND WALLABIES. AHRJKCD i r pleased.


See, I live in the suburbs so the closest I really get to any interesting animals is seeing the odd kangaroo when we drive up the visit our friends in the hills. Even then, we have to drive for about an hour before we get anywhere near them.

It's funny because foreigners expect australian wildlife to be something so normal for us, yet most people I know are just as estranged from native animals as they are from foreign ones.

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Post by quinn allman's hair. on Mon 18 May 2009, 8:40 pm

lol@chu Exactly.



I'm not that much a fan of the tanned and buff stereotype alot of people have about Australian people though.
Just because we live in a fairly sunny country, doesn't mean we all like the beach and live to surf. lol@chu I myself am rather moontan and proud of it. [/smug] Not that big on sand either. gtfo over yourself,
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Post by LightningRod on Mon 18 May 2009, 9:10 pm

Sheepy wrote:The english tea-drinking uptight holierthanthou my-monocle-art-more-spiffing-than-your-monocle stereotype is lol lol@chu

I do say it's rather charming, really. you dont matter.

People who believe every english person's like that need a culture shock.
I'm sure I could find some pimpin' 12-year-old gangsta chav I could send to anyone for such a purpose. ^_^

Well...to be fair that's the stereotype for the majority of the British nowadays. It's either that or the lovely description you have previously said lol@chu

Also I think that ANYONE that believes that a country's population derive rigidly from their respected stereotype need a culture shock you dont matter.
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Post by LADIES AND GENTLEMEN on Mon 18 May 2009, 9:14 pm

I haven't been to the beach in so long ._. I kind of miss it. but no, ugh iawtc; I've never understood why we're meant to be all SUN AND SURF i r pleased.

I mean, surely you'd expect the occupants of ANYWHERE with summer highs of over 40 degrees (110ish I think in farenheit) to be fucking sick of the sun, but apparently we're still supposed to praise it like it's the next messiah.

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Post by LightningRod on Mon 18 May 2009, 9:17 pm

I understand where you're coming from Mikey, I mean it does get very annoying that nearly every non-UK person I talk to instantly uses tea and crumpets as their first remark >.>

although sometimes I do find it quite hilarious when people say about it and I just respond
"Well actually now you mention it, I hate tea and never eat crumpets. Oh and I've never seen a monocle either."

LOL@CHUUU
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Post by LADIES AND GENTLEMEN on Mon 18 May 2009, 9:27 pm

I like tea. But not normal tea. Jasmine tea. and other tasty things.


actually now I want some vegemite |:


Just wondering, what stereotypes do people have about non-'westernised' countries?

As I said before; I actually expected the places I've been to be more heavily influenced by Western Culture. I kind of assumed that most people would speak english at least a little, if not well. I guess it's because all the people I speak to from countries without English as a first language (Like Isa, Kayla, Fatma, Jan, I could go on) are not only fluent in it but often much better than a lot of people I know IRL.


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Post by LightningRod on Mon 18 May 2009, 9:30 pm

Well, these stereotypes for non-'westernised' countries are more so veering towards racist remarks I suppose. :/

Well that is a fair assumption though, seeming as English has become the language of business and trade, so due to things such as the media we see it everywhere -shrugs-
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Post by LADIES AND GENTLEMEN on Mon 18 May 2009, 9:37 pm

True, true. I think (at least, this was the case in China) that only upper middle class families knew it. Most of the schools we visited were private schools, so the kids got a really hardcore education. They were all pretty fluent in it.

I don't think it's necessarily racism. I mean, it's not racist to make an assumption about white people, so why about people of other ethnicities?

It's racism to assume with no knowledge of the topic you're making assumptions about, or to ignore the knowledge you have. (Eg people who say things like 'black people aren't as advanced as whites' when it's obvious that they are.)

Really this is just confusion.
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Post by Jack Skellington on Tue 19 May 2009, 5:04 am

I personally think American stereotypes are hilarious. LOL@CHUUU

Like the one where we go to a country and are totally offensive, we're all fat, we're all betta than yew, George-Bush-loving Americans.

Tbh, everyone hates Bush, most people are skinny as hell. Have you seen the number of Pilates studios here? lol@chu

And yes, we are the worst tourists on the planet, with our fannypacks and overpriced Mickey Mouse ears. LMFAOOO


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Post by more adventurous. on Tue 19 May 2009, 5:38 am

Tango: Maureen wrote:Tbh, everyone hates Bush, most people are skinny as hell, and most civilized people speak more than one language. lol@chu

I beg to differ. I definitely don't think most people are skinny as hell. Or that most civilized people speak more than one language. Though, a lot of people do speak more than one. But not most. I don't. Does that mean I'm not civilized.


But omg. Canadian stereotypes make me laugh hardcore. Today, my sister and I have being saying "eh" after everything and calling each other "hosers". LOL@CHUUU
I hardly ever say "eh" though. But lots of people do.

And it's true. People do seem to think we live in igloos and ride polar bears to school. I'm from Saskatchewan which is probably the flattest place in the world. LOTS of farms. But guess what? I don't drive a bloody tractor!

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Post by Jack Skellington on Tue 19 May 2009, 5:46 am

One of the true American stereotypes (I have to) is that Americans are bigmouths that don't know when to stop. Or the amount of political correctness that goes on in the country. I swear to god, if you say "retarded" in this country, you'll get shot. (In parts, at least).
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Post by proust. on Tue 19 May 2009, 11:30 pm

the missing piece. wrote:Just wondering, what stereotypes do people have about non-'westernised' countries?

As I said before; I actually expected the places I've been to be more heavily influenced by Western Culture. I kind of assumed that most people would speak english at least a little, if not well. I guess it's because all the people I speak to from countries without English as a first language (Like Isa, Kayla, Fatma, Jan, I could go on) are not only fluent in it but often much better than a lot of people I know IRL.
I think Westerners -especially non-European ones, expect East Europe to be ...poor and gray, in a way, really peaceful and inhabited by peasants, in another. It is like that a little, but then it's so much more.

I think the biggest problem is language. Literature helps us understand other people, I've began to understand the workings of, say, the American society by reading books written by contemporary/modern American writers. On the other hand, few American publishing houses publish books by Hungarian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Chinese, South African, etc. contemporary writers. It's a shame.

It's funny how you associate Western culture with English (alone), you will probably get really mean looks if you talk in English in a French or German restaurant or shop.
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