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Which Nationalities Do You Make Friends With Best ?

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11. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 12y

For me ethnic origin is the least important when choosing friends. Generally I am attracted to opposite, different, exotic.

However, some groups have very strong cultural traditions which often prevents them from mixing with others and they tend to stay in their own tribal ghetto. Myself I have problems with finding friends amoung native arabs, israelis and gypsys.

I really don't like when they start talking in their own language at my presence.

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

As opposed to if they start talking French or German...?

13. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 12y

My vote...the aussies. They give a real chill vibe. Not too mention; they are eveywhere! Those guys really get around.


14. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y


Myself I have problems with finding friends amoung native arabs, israelis and gypsys.
I really don't like when they start talking in their own language at my presence.

Arabs & Israelis have problems being friends .... but I don't care what language anyone speaks in my presence

15. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

Right, well here are my top 3, in no order - I have never met anyone from these 3 countries that i didn't have a grand time with (yes these are sweeping generalizations)

Brazilians:Always friendly and up for a laugh. And they will make dance till your feet fall off.

Irish: Irrepressible and hardcore partygoers, great sense of humour.

Dutch: Easygoing and friendly, nothing gets em down (obviously i havent' met those other dutch who complain all the time.)

Most my mates in the uk are Kiwis though, probably something to do with similar attitudes and backgrounds. Yeah, they do love thir Haka. Quite a sight to see 40 big shirtless Maori guys do it in the middle of the road outside Westminster Abbey, completely stopping traffic. Those poor bus drivers had no idea what they were up against.....

16. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I would say Germans, Vietnamese and the odd Russian.

17. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I would say the Spanish!I spent two summers seasons working abroad in Spain and despite not being able to speak a word of Spanish, I made some amazing Spanish friends, they were so hospitible, friendly and kind!I used to look after a couple of little Spanish twins who were the lovliest, politest and most super-sweet kids Ive ever met!I met a great local family who used to invite me over for sunday lunch and even used to get me english veggie gravy especially!Strangley enough whilst interning in New York last year out of all the people I met during my time over there, the closest friend I made was a girl from Madrid and we still remain great friends!Maybe its time I learnt Spanish!!!!

18. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Quoting Sander

No, no - Australia once was part of New Zealand (The "West Island" to go along with the South and North Islands), but they decided to give things a go by themselves, and then were sent a bunch of inhabitants by the best judges of character that the UK had to offer.

(Or at least, as I'm currently back in New Zealand, that has to be my spiel for the moment. I'll deny ever having said the above when I'm back in Oz though!)

You'd WANT to deny that Sander!!! ;) We Aussies get very defensive when it comes to saying anything about us being that closely related to Kiwi's! We love 'em and we hate 'em...

I tend to make friends with Malays, Filo's (Filipino's) mostly, but my closest friend is Indian... boy are they craaaaaaaaazzzzyyyy people! In a good way!

19. Posted by davmol (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

Id have to say from my travels(a year in oz and 6 months in the states) i got on best with Aussies and brits.
All the friends i keep in contact with and visit and have visit are all from the UK.Ive been back to oz to met mates.I think its to do with simialr senses of humour and likes as the both nationalities like to get pissed and have a laugh aswell as do touristy things.Those who go solely to see the sights, who are up at 8am and in bed by 9pm bore the sh1t out of me.Ive met some cool canadians too who can easily stand the pace too with reagrds partying.I think its essential to mix the culture with socialising ie going on the piss.

20. Posted by till (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

Quoting Sander

Anyhoo, I seem to get along best with anyone who isn't dutch (hate them dutch - they're always complaining about everything (me complaining about the dutch obviously doesn't count!) in their own language, thinking no one else will understand them), but in particular the subgroup of koreans who are geeks (bringing laptops and other nifty gadgets), germans, scandinavians and canadians, though that might just be because people from those countries often travel to the same places that I've traveled to in pairs or even by themselves, making them easier to approach than people who travel in larger groups.

you are dutch and you don't like dutch people hehehe
funny hehe