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

Quoting MASSAGEUK

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

If I bother to answer, I reply "Why?" OR "Where are you from?"

12. 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…

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

Quoting Wocca

Quoting MASSAGEUK

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

If I bother to answer, I reply "Why?" OR "Where are you from?"

I know it's a bit of a pain in the arse when vendors try to sell you stuff by striking this sort of conversation, but that's just a part of travelling. These people are just trying to make a living and politeness doesn't cost anything even if it means humouring them. Also some people are just genuinely interested, but most of all I find it a nice ice breaker, no matter who you're talking to

14. Posted by Aleesha (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Quoting kkwijibo

Quoting Wocca

Quoting MASSAGEUK

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

If I bother to answer, I reply "Why?" OR "Where are you from?"

I know it's a bit of a pain in the arse when vendors try to sell you stuff by striking this sort of conversation, but that's just a part of travelling. These people are just trying to make a living and politeness doesn't cost anything even if it means humouring them. Also some people are just genuinely interested, but most of all I find it a nice ice breaker, no matter who you're talking to

I totally agree with you!! It's a great topic to start a conversation.

15. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

To Australians, I seem American or Canadian (because my accent isn't quite American, it must be Canadian).

Then again, Americans think I'm Australian. Not sure what Canadians think; will find out later this year.

I can't remember anyone ever guessing that I'm Dutch .. hehe
Well, maybe Dutch people, when I speak Dutch to them.

I don't mind people asking; not that I attach much value to my nationality, it's just an interesting thing to talk about. In Melbourne, there's so many people from different backgrounds, I usually don't ask them where they're from (I go on the assumption that they're Australian, even if they don't have an ocker accent or aren't caucasian). But when they ask where I'm from, I like to know what their background is as well. It's lead to some great discussions about Lebanon, Hong Kong, Greece, or pretty much anywhere around the globe.

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

Quoting kkwijibo

I know it's a bit of a pain in the arse when vendors try to sell you stuff by striking this sort of conversation, but that's just a part of travelling. These people are just trying to make a living and politeness doesn't cost anything even if it means humouring them.

Time, place, cirtcumstances of course. A lot depends on how in-your-face or aggressive the vendor is. Besides, there are plenty of fresh, naive travellers who are flattered by being asked where they are from. They also have foreign currency bulging out of their pockets & wallets, whilst saying ... "Hey ! Look how cheap this is compared to back home!" Come in Spinner !!!

17. Posted by barby (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

For me, its soo common that people think that I am from India. It's happened to me a few times that old sikh men talk to me at the bus stop and I'll reply with a smile that I don't understand them because they're not speaking english. And then they smile back all embarrassed and we both nod and chuckle. At least 4 times that's happened to me.

I've also been mistaken for native, italian, and finally the general "latin".

My family is from Chile, I'm Canadian, but I think my friend put it nicely a couple of years ago when he said that I'm simply a "generic minority girl".

hehe

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

Quoting naslfc

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

Cor blimey guvna! ;)

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

I've been mistaken for a Japanese. And there was one time this British guy was amazed I spoke fluent English.

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

It depends where you are. If you're in a resort town frequented by English, then I'm mistaken as being from England. Same goes for Germany, etc.

Any white person on the Costa Del Sol, for example, will be assumed to be English.