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

Quoting james

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.

Not unless he's wearing socks and sandals

22. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

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've got the same 'problem' as Pete :) Because of the accent, it happens all the time (whether in Australia, USA or here in Norway for example), so I am pretty used to it by now.

23. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

emmm i get mistaken for the usual English, American etc if i'm with my family, if i'm with my friends its German, switz, austrian , if they're talking to my boyf' then they presume i'm dutch, only one person guessed i was irish before being told (not including other Irish) but they asked if I was from Cork, i was not impressed ....

24. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I've gotten Japanese, Chinese, American Indian, you name it. I have slightly slanted eyes and round cheeks - but as far as I know, I've not a drop of anything but English, French and Lithuanian.

For you Montrealers, an example: I was waiting at the bus stop and talking to this nice, elderly man. He said "Where are your parents from?" and I said "Lachine". And he replied "Oh, I knew it by your eyes!" and I said "No, no, Lachine - near Verdun!"

25. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

i have been mistaken for most asian nationalities. when i was younger i would tell people i was german, just to see if they would believe me. i thought it was funny and i would try to prove my germaness.

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

Quoting summer910

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

It happened to my friend, when he traveled around some Spain’s villages, many people asked him where he was from-he replied: I’m Perú, they said: from what!!!!? He repeated: PERU…they: where is it? Is it part of Japan or China????
Ahh…I forgot to mention that he looks like native Japanese and his name is Tomas Yamasako…just in case.
He thought that was impossible to believe it, coz we were a Spain’s colony more than 300-years!!! He tried to explain them but then he gave up.
They were amazed he could talk in Spanish without any accent and any trouble; so they challenged him to say all Lord’s Prayer in spanish…if he would do it, they’d give him free food and free accommodation for the time he wanted… and he did it…

27. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

hehe I like the "before and after I've opened my mouth..."

A lot of people thought I was aussie at first which I guess was nice, when I was in Brazil I loved it when people mistakenly thought I was southern Brazillian, they said I'd picked up the walk or something which is pretty cool;)

But it's easy being from london to pick where I'm from when I open my mouth.

I don't mind being asked as long as people don't start pinnin the old assumptions and stereotypes on me!

m

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

Quoting mim

hehe I like the "before and after I've opened my mouth..."

I don't mind being asked as long as people don't start pinnin the old assumptions and stereotypes on me!

m

Hey Mim,

What kind of "old assumptions and stereotypes" are you referring to?

29. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Weeeeelllll,

For a start british travellers are stereotyped as the "RTW in 80 days" type travellers, you know packin everything in in a tiny amount of time, just not me at all!

cold, lonely, depressing (definately not me )

or

thugs... :(

which is just not good,

I wanna be me and only me. Which I am thank God.

m

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

Quoting ppatti

It happened to my friend, when he traveled around some Spain’s villages, many people asked him where he was from-he replied: I’m Perú, they said: from what!!!!? He repeated: PERU…they: where is it? Is it part of Japan or China????
Ahh…I forgot to mention that he looks like native Japanese and his name is Tomas Yamasako…just in case.
He thought that was impossible to believe it, coz we were a Spain’s colony more than 300-years!!! He tried to explain them but then he gave up.
They were amazed he could talk in Spanish without any accent and any trouble; so they challenged him to say all Lord’s Prayer in spanish…if he would do it, they’d give him free food and free accommodation for the time he wanted… and he did it…

It's quite cool what happened to your friend. He probably got a kick out of the whole experience.

I just don't like it when some Caucasian takes one look at me and assumes I cannot speak English (fluent at that!) just because I am Asian and look it!