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Why do so many Europeans assume Canada is part of the USA?

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31. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

If it makes you feel any better, the experiences I've had as an american seems most people not only know the difference between USA and Canada, they prefer Canadians; especially in Australia. whenever I'm at a mechanic, or in a drinking crowd, I always say I'm Canadian: you get a fair price, and drinks bought for you!

32. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

But Australia and New Zealand are the same country though, aren't they?;)

Technically they are sort of, within the australian consitution NZ is/can join the state of australia when ever it likes.

Mind you, if the euopean consitution was signed there would one big old country made up of the province of now established countries.

33. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

Technically they are sort of, within the australian consitution NZ is/can join the state of australia when ever it likes.

well if thats the case then technically its definetely not true.
That would be insane if it did. I think the Kiwis are to proud to become an Aussie state. Gee Wed have a good rugby league team though lol.

What do other people think about this?

34. Posted by homeric (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Well Guys !!
When somebody may confuse USA and Canada what to do about the 7 times 77 new Repubblics splitted from the ancient Russia.......
and more than that how many among them had hated the central power in Moscow:
try to say an Ukrain he's a Russian!!
Joke apart, the best way to learn is TRAVELLING.
Have a good trip


[ Edit: Edited at Jul 19, 2006 7:34 AM by homeric ]

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36. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 10y

So I have read this thread with great interest... has made me laugh out loud a couple of times as well. First of all, I really don't think it's worth getting upset about people thinking that Canada is a part of the USA. I'm from Denmark and lived in England for three years. The amount of times somebody said to me " Denmark - that's amstardam isn't it?" can't be counted on two hands. Like somebody else said a lot of people ( not only the English mind you... I have heard it many places) tend to think that Danish people are dutch and a lot of people don't have any idea of where Denmark is, so I have often had to draw a map!? Oh yes another thing I have heard is that Denmark is the capital of Sweden The only thing people tend to know about Denmark is Danish pastry and Peter schmeichel.. oh yes and maybe Aqua!! I don't get offended though... why should I, it's not worth the bother! I just tend to laugh at it and explain. People don't ask these questions to offend anybody they just don't know, so take the honour of having taught them something new!
Have a great summer!

37. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

i must say that reading this thread has made me a little concerned about the state of the english education system. no one ever sat u down in school and showed u where Canada was? didn`t know the capital of Australia??? i remember when when i was 11 i had to learn (and spell) all the countries, their capitals and where they were on the map. If i know nothing else about a country i know where it is, and i went to a public school in what is considered to be a low socio-economic area. perhaps though they have more time to teach us geography in school because teaching us the history of our country takes about 3 hours

38. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I guess some of us are uneducated! But I think most of us 'educated' brits understand the US and Canada to be quite distinct. Though you do have a similar accent....... ;)

39. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

do you learn languages in public schools in england? (no patronising tone implied - i am just curious)

40. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

If by 'public' schools you mean state schools then it's compulsory to learn at least a second language (mostly French, but German and Spanish are quite common too). As for private schools - they can teach what they like, but usually do - sometimes Latin even ;)