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51. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I have yet to met someone from one of the particular countries mentioned that fits the supposed stereotype.

Besides...what a boring world this would be if we were all the same!
;)

52. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Most nationalities tend ot laugh at their own stereotypes as well mrgreen:

53. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Yep. When I was in Brasil, I got the dumbfound looks. " You don't look American!". Maybe I should wear a name tag!

M.

54. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Nationality: German

Stereotype
: The Germans are usually seen as rigid, somewhat humourless and obsessed with order and formality. A smile does not come easily and business is taken seriously. They are particularly focussed on detail.

National Cultural Traits:Low-context culture that values precise communication. Focuses on what is being said rather than who is saying it. Monchronic, that is, they have a very linear concept of time and prefer to do one thing at a time. The German culture is one of very high risk-avoidance.

Wocca, thanks for making me laugh (it took me sometime as smile does not come easily;))! Last week I was actually meant to prove this German stereotype and pick up an English friend from the airport on time. Me being a German with a very linear concept of time, punctual, efficent... I was half an hour late and so was the bus going back to the city. My friend thought it was very funny...
And I think stereotypes are made to prove they are wrong

55. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Nationality: German

Stereotype
: The Germans are usually seen as rigid, somewhat humourless and obsessed with order and formality. A smile does not come easily and business is taken seriously. They are particularly focussed on detail.

National Cultural Traits:Low-context culture that values precise communication. Focuses on what is being said rather than who is saying it. Monchronic, that is, they have a very linear concept of time and prefer to do one thing at a time. The German culture is one of very high risk-avoidance.

My dad is German and he is the total opposite of the stereotype. My brother was born in Peru and he is EXACTLY 100% like that.

56. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I wonder if the people actually living in the country are aware of thier own stereotype? I mean - what's a "stereotypical" Canadian? Polite, jovial, covered in maple syrup and more than happy to take you for a drive on their dogsled so you can check out the new igloo digs?

Come to think of it, I've heard stories of people who drive up from south of the border in the middle of July, their car packed with skis and snowsuits and looking for the nearest snow-laden mountain. And it's, like, 35 wilting degrees out.

But! I may well have described another stereotype altogether...

57. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

people who drive up from south of the border in the middle of July, their car packed with skis and snowsuits and looking for the nearest snow-laden mountain. And it's, like, 35 wilting degrees out.

But! I may well have described another stereotype altogether...

Yes, they are called brainless-wonders ;)

58. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I wonder if the people actually living in the country are aware of thier own stereotype?

I think if you havent seen anything but your own culture, no. I dont think you realize there is a stereotype behind your behavior. It takes years of examining, learning, and understanding other cultures to realize the differences. Traveling certainly helps.

Next time I go to Peru, I'll be sure to mention..."hey did you know being three hours late for any meeting is what Peruvians are known for all over the world...?" (hint, hint). (BTW, I was born in Peru, so no one get offended please).

We'll see how that goes...

59. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I mean - what's a "stereotypical" Canadian? Polite, jovial, covered in maple syrup and more than happy to take you for a drive on their dogsled so you can check out the new igloo digs?

Come to think of it, I've heard stories of people who drive up from south of the border in the middle of July, their car packed with skis and snowsuits and looking for the nearest snow-laden mountain. And it's, like, 35 wilting degrees out.

But! I may well have described another stereotype altogether...

Hey Tway,
It is a well known American FACT (and I mean FACT, Missy!!) that ALL Canadianskis wear red plaid shirts, bathe in maple syrup, and say "eh" after every sentence. FACT, look it up.

And the only reason we Freedom-Loving Americans (trademark) don't fence off the whole border (um, your southern, our northern) is because occassionally, and only occassionally, we like maple syrup with our pancakes. And hockey. And don't think it would be too hard to lay a fence right through the middle of four of those Great Lakes, either. We could, you know. And we'd add a bit for our side while we were at it. So don't push us....because we could do it you know. Honest to God...don't push us.
We Americans are a proud and timid people. We don't like to try to swing fereigners around to our way of thinking. We're happy and content to simply stay put, because the rest of the world has nothing to offer us (except maple syrup).
Paranoia. Yeah, there's that too. Don't even think about calling us paranoid. We know you're up to something, we just don't know what it is yet. We have listening posts all across the border. We just can't understand that funny dialect you people speak.

So, as soon as this NASCAR race is over, I'm going to get off the couch, brush potato chip crumbs off my sweat-stained t-shirt, step over my empty 12-pack, and get on the internut to check out our spy satellites that are aimed directly north. I'm keeping an eye on you people.

BTW, can you help me out...I'm looking for a Canadianski pharmacy that sells cheap prescription drugs. They're just too darned expensive here.

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60. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

So... what your essentially saying is, if I get it right and all, and if I'm not mistaken or anything, "If you're not with us, you're against us." Eh?