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1. Posted by js_2005 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

My cousin went to Germany last year and she said that with one look Europeans can tell you’re American, even if you’re wearing clothes bought in Europe. My question is this, can they really tell us apart with just one look? And if so, what is it about Americans that make us stand out? And what are some ways to blend in more? Thanks.

2. Posted by MarcnRoxy (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

I sooo wouldn't sweat that. They are probably only looking at you because you look different than the locals. I have traveled all over EU, and if anything, they think I am from Canada or N.Z. If you are worried about getting grief for being an American, tell them you are from Canada, and all is well. Basically, don't be obnoxiously loud or silly. Not frat boy stuff. That is when they know you are an American. They consisder it disrepectful. Happy Traveling

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Quoting Marc873

I sooo wouldn't sweat that. They are probably only looking at you because you look different than the locals. I have traveled all over EU, and if anything, they think I am from Canada or N.Z. If you are worried about getting grief for being an American, tell them you are from Canada, and all is well. Basically, don't be obnoxiously loud or silly. Not frat boy stuff. That is when they know you are an American. They consisder it disrepectful. Happy Traveling

You don't need to pretend to be anyone you're not. If people have pre-formed negative opinions about americans- this is your chance to prove them wrong. Just go with the right attitude- be nice and warm and friendly, but most of all, don't be ignorant, research a bit about where you go and show interest and be respectful of peoples cultures, and don't compare everything to home. Be able to have a laugh at yourself. You shouldn't be ashamed of where you are from just because a few Americans give them all a bad name.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 7, 2006, at 2:44 PM by Clarabell ]

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello JS

I dont think there is anything wrong with the way they stand out. It is the way they walk and sit, and their mannerisms, which are different from Europeans.

I can also tell if people are irish, in other countries, for the same reason.

If u really want to improve something, about your American ways, then u could talk more quietly. Americans are often heard, before they are seen, here.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2006, at 1:16 AM by Mel. ]

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Itss so easy to spot Americans, they we talk with each other, dress, haircuts, and no matter how quiet we wanna be, we are still the loudest around, unless there are italians nearby.

Iv been living in the EU for years and STILL get abuse for being loud or "SOO American".

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting coldwarspy

Iv been living in the EU for years and STILL get abuse for being loud or "SOO American".

It's all about the vision of us Europeans on Americans. Its the reputation you have (movies, big cars, Las vegas, glamour, Hollywood). I think its hard to get rid of that even if you are a introvert person and you live in the EU for quite a long time. But I think one things is certain. Europeans are always interested in Americans. There is just a little difference in culture.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2006, at 3:39 AM by wouterrr ]

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

interesting :) I I dont have a car (or a gun) have never been or ever will go to Vegas, and certainly not glamorous :)

I think many europan cultures, mainly the British, are moving towards the American culture anyway. Cant say this for many eastern Euro countries yet, but you guys cant avoid us it seems. Paris, Flourence, Venice - is overrun by Americans.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

A friend and I sat in back of two elderly couples at a restaurant in Italy and endured their very loud (and incresaingly drunken) conversation about the pros and cons of one Mr. Bush, jr. That was kind of a giveaway.

Honestly - some Americans will stick out, others won't. Certain people just ooze their nationality. You can spot a Canadian, for example, by the tell-tale flag on their backpacks.;)

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting coldwarspy

interesting :) I I dont have a car (or a gun) have never been or ever will go to Vegas, and certainly not glamorous :)

I think many europan cultures, mainly the British, are moving towards the American culture anyway.

American culture in Europe? You mean the MacDonalds/BurgerKing culture? That is true but for the rest.....

10. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Macdonalds yeah, but I meant on Television seems to be all American shows, our music as well and our movies. I live in Britain and they are a consumer culture like we are, im sure its a bit different on the continent.