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21. Posted by LizzieBe (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I never say 'neat'! But i'm definitely guilty of the 'eh'! Other people have said that Canadians are more European than Americans , but I don't think I fully buy that. Well, French Canada is quite European, but the rest I would much sooner associate with the States than Europe.

It's so interesting to hear people's impressions of other countries and continents:)

22. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

Hi Lizzie
are you from the TDOT? My friend from Toronto doesnt say "Neat" either, but he does say "eh", alot! Whats that all abooot?

23. Posted by LizzieBe (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Haha, yes, I'm originally from the Tdot, moved around quite a lot. (I'm in the UK now). Yeah, the 'eh' thing, well it's just a bit of a habit I guess:)

24. Posted by Anciana (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

They are just guessing: sometimes correctly, sometimes not. I have been pegged as an American in Spain (even though I am certifiably :) European) when I spoke English there, because, after 20 years of living in the USA my English lost its "european englishness" and sounds American to non Americans (Americans who hear me can tell I am not a native speaker). First when I switched to Swedish speaking to my dining companion, a waitress remarked that she thought I was American, but "you can't be, since you speak another language, too".
In Northern and Central Europe, if I don't open my mouth or speak the local language, even not any of my native ones, they won't mistake me for an American, no matter how American my clothes: I remember prancing around Munich one winter in teal colored pantsuit, very non-European, definitively non-German, yet people asked me questions in German for directions, to ask me to vote on some local issues etc. I am very fairskinned, blueeyed and blond (to the extent it is still my natural hair color, lol), so I blend well with the natives both in the USA and in central and northern Europe. But I have no chance in hell to "blend" in most of Latin America (with exception of Parana, Brazil and, as I hear, parts of Argentina), even if I practice my best Spanish and tan as much as I possibly can - and Latin Americans usually assume I am American, may be because most of the tourists there are still Americans?
My point: it is usually not personal how you are being pegged, it has a lot more to do wth the experiences/exposure of people pegging you. So, don't worry, be happy!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 11, 2006, at 11:57 AM by Anciana ]

25. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

We have american music, and tv shows because you speak the same language as us and have a huge entertainment market- and we are one of your consumers of this.

I wouldn't say that your movies and music equate to us becoming 'Americanified'- just as I wouldnt say that France, Spain, Thailand, Cambodia are becoming more like the British because they listen to British music.

America is the richest country in the world, Britain is also very wealthy, so it makes sense for American corporations to come over here- therefore our economy is influenced by the americans via globalization, but culture...I'm afraid not.

We are far too stuck in our ways for that. :P

Also, I am ashamed to admit that I did have some preconceptions of Americans not longback, but these have been turned on their head. I'm not saying I love the American way of life and the patriotism some people show, but from the people I have met, I love your personality, and your loudness!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 11, 2006, at 11:38 AM by philo ]

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