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1. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Hi TP'ers, i just noticed a thread on the site about Italians there! Do any of you have anything to tell about different people and their character!

The Italian thing reminds of a few days ago when i went into a new Italian restaurant in our local town and ordered up a meal! (Prior to this i had heard Italians are very forward or 'pushy' people as we would say here in Ireland!)

Having never been to Italy myself i experienced first hand what an Italian was like! he started asking me very open questions (like was i having a party? 'i thought he was just being nosey' and also slagged us off for not ordering the dearest meal on the menu) and appeared to have no qualms about doing so! Im not finding fault with him for doing so (i suppose thats how he has been brought up) but i was disgusted at him asking all this stuff. Maybe thats cause we are too backward about telling people info. Here it aint really that common to ask such questions - usually people go about their business with no questions asked!

Have the rest of you had any such experiences (not necessarily Italians). Whats other's character/attitude like? Im curious! Maybe a better way to look at it is - you give me a description of the Irish!

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

In my experience Americans always want to tell you their whole life story. Doesn't matter if your interested or not. They'll tell you their medical history in intimate detail if you don't stop them..

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

Some different nationalities have certain distinguishable mannerisms or characteristics. Possibly the politest way to generalize is to reduce such descriptions down to one word. For example, the English pride themselves on being "reserved", whereas the Dutch are happy with being "liberalized" ....

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Here are my findings:

Irish - they don't shut up and can talk with a mouthful of marbles under water. Also very poor listeners. (I have Irish citizenship and an Irish passport).

Americans - within 10 minutes you will know where they live, where they've been, where they're going, what job they have, how much they earn....etc, etc, with absolutely no interest in anything about you.

English (white) - quite hard to get to know; very reserved

English (black) - very open, friendly, and with excellent sense of humour.

Australia - a bit loud and brash, but at the same time very insecure about their country (everything about it has to be the best). They tend to think they lead a "beach lifestyle" but in actual fact probably live in a anonymous suburb an hour's drive from the coast.

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

this is quite funny to read! i agree with James,the english are very reserved.

My only experiences are that Italians/Spanish can appear to be very rude-expecting to be waited on-we have this very very rude customer-spainish possibly and she clicks her fingers and demands this, that and the other-a very difficult women-in the end you end up saying to her i'm not (or my staff) going to serve you if you carry on being rude-honestly-it can be quite funny-depending on what mood your in!

Yeah i find the Irish VERY chatty indeedy-and they dont stop-they can be a laugh!-in a world of their own!

6. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

are we reserved?? I never knew that the rest of Europe and the world thought of us like that!!
I mean, i will cringe when someone in the crowd does an American woo and claps and cheers over something so small, I guess that is a bit English!

Personally I like to hear about other people and their backgrounds first before I blabber about myself, why would you wanna talk about yourself?? The aussies, yeah I have many mates here at work, they do love their country and trying to be the best, same as the south africans.
Europeans I find in general, actually extremely general to be quite pushy and rude as described, but think about all the others there are that are not...

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

My experience was with the Dutch, whom I find pretty friendly and helpful generally, but can be a bit reserved at times. A couple of Belgian sales staff gave me the sour look when I patronised their shop, but generally I find the Belgians quite friendly too.

I have a couple of Italian friends who are open, very warm-hearted and flirtatious!

The Japanese are extremely polite, and they like to smile a lot too.

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

Get the Japanese out on the road, and they can be real daredevil thrillseekers

9. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

[quote=Kingwindle]are we reserved?? I never knew that the rest of Europe and the world thought of us like that!!
I mean, i will cringe when someone in the crowd does an American woo and claps and cheers over something so small, I guess that is a bit English!

yeh i always cringe at things like that-i just find it embarassing, lol! and annoying if its happening right next to you!

I think its funny that we can't see ourselves how we are, i tend to think that the Americans are a bit wacky and eccentric-but i suppose its the english in me being very reseved! funny isn't it!

I think that we tend to think of ourselves as quite open but compared to other nationalities we are very reserved and possibly could a appear to be rude. I find it hillarious when-especially the Americans, think of us english as posh-ha!-that always make me laugh!

10. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Get the Japanese out on the road, and they can be real daredevil thrillseekers

They drink like a fish and party like nobody's business!