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1. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

I've had people guessing that I was from...
Canada,US,Australia, when I speak and China,Vietnam,Hawaii,Mongolia & Japan when I don't.

2. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

ahah!!
Well..never happen to me!!:)

3. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Most people reckon i'm a cockney cos i got a common way of speaking.
To be honest, i do only come from about an hours train journey out of the east end of london though.

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

LOL-oh MattXIII i can just hear it now!! he! he! sorry, little things are amusing me today.

Well everyone assumes i'm part Spanish/Italian or something but i guess when i speak they know i'm English!

5. Posted by naslfc (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

i've been asked if im south american, portugese, spanish, italian etc ... but when i open my mouth south london comes to the forefront ;)

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

generally when I am asked where I am from/what accent I have - I answer with a question:
'if it's so important for you where I am from - just try to guess?'.

I hate when I am asked what nationality I am and fire off with 'I am not a nationalist - I don't have nationality. I hold polish passport and I was born in Poland - but it doesn't have anything to do who to I am'.

Usually longer existential/political discussion follows ...

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

I look American ( demeanour & so on), but sound English ... to those who don't know any better. Otherwise, the English pick my Australian accent pretty quickly.
I have high cheek bones, so am often taken to be western European (Austrian, Slavic, etc).
If I don't say much to non-English speaking non-Europeans, then it's usually guessed that I'm German. Suits me fine.

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

Quoting MASSAGEUK

generally when I am asked where I am from/what accent I have - I answer with a question:
'if it's so important for you where I am from - just try to guess?'.

I hate when I am asked what nationality I am and fire off with 'I am not a nationalist - I don't have nationality. I hold polish passport and I was born in Poland - but it doesn't have anything to do who to I am'.

Being asked where you are from is often the first question when travelling. If it's only to strike up a conversation in order to sell something, I reply with something ludicrous such as Japan or Ethiopia.This really shows whether there is any depth to the question in the first place. (My ethnic features are Caucasian).
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I don't really mind being asked my nationality by fellow travellers unless all I'm going to hear is constant references to my nationality OR perceived differences between mine & someone else's nationality.
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Being asked "What do you do?" seems somewhat irrelevant. Especially when you are being stereo-typed.

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

that's the problem with questions about your origin - you are being classified/marked/put into a drower from the start and prevents free and open interaction.

to sellers trying to strike a conversation I bark 'mind your business'.

10. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

Most of the people think that I’m from China or from Japan, I don’t know why maybe for my straight dark hair and my eyes...
sometimes I just reply I’m from Cambodia, place that I like so much…