Different places in the world have different cultures and general outlooks on life. But we try to learn more about others and try to understand them so we can get along better. It just so happens that in some places, there is more interest about different people and in some places, there’s less of it.

Often the ones that are ridiculed for not knowing what’s happening in other places in the world are Americans. Bored Panda has a couple of articles in which we gathered lists of people poking fun at Americans. In this article you can see people joining a TikTok trend of sharing the dumbest things Americans have ever said to them and in this one you will find an assortment of screenshots of Americans being completely clueless.

But the people from the United States keep on surprising us and the stories of non-Americans meeting peculiar Americans are never-ending. Reddit user u/esq__ asked “Non-Americans of Reddit, what's the weirdest thing an American has said to you?” Nearly 12k people joined the discussion and they were sharing not only weird encounters but quite absurd questions you wouldn’t expect an adult to ask.

More info: Reddit

#1

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "Why do you brits (I'm not British) call an elevator a lift when it goes both up and down?"

I responded that Americans didn't call an elevator a descendevator when it moves down.

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Tess the ferret
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2 months ago

Laughing my head off over here😂

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#2

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird At customs in LAX:

Customs Agent: “Where are you from?”

Me: “Denmark”

CA:“Sir, please don’t lie about your nationality”

Me: “Excuse me?”

CA: “Denmark isn’t a real country, now please tell me your country of origin.”

Me: “Sir, you are literally holding my passport, which is from Denmark, in your hand. How can you sit there and tell me that my country doesn’t exist?!”

CA: “Sir, Denmark is a region of Sweden, and not a recognised independent nation”

The swedes would be fond of this encounter.

Vertebrae_Viking , Bjørn Bulthuis Report

Panda Kicki
Community Member
2 months ago

As a swede I am highly amused. Of course we dont really want those smorrebröd eating lazy bastards, but anyway... 😜 We pay for your postal service, you know (terrible deal made by crazy politicians...)

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#3

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I once had an american tell me I need to try the “real” Gouda cheese they have in the US because everything else was fake Gouda… I’m Dutch and actually lived near Gouda

urafakebetch , manuel | MC Report

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

Gouda cheese outside the Netherlands tastes nothing like Gouda cheese inside the Netherlands, not even when it claims to be produced in the Netherlands.

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#4

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Talking about my SIL

“Do you look alike?” “no, she’s black” “You can’t say that!!!” “What should I call her then?” “African American” “But…. She’s British/Guyanese….”

sioigin55 , Ruben Diaz Jr. Report

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
2 months ago

"African American" is insultingly reductionist, if you ask me. It homogenizes the myriad African cultures. If someone called a white American "European American," he'd be likely to deny the homogenization and tell you his ancestry. We need to do better. (Yes, I'm aware that most black Americans don't know their roots, absent a DNA test, because there was certainly more than one slave route. We still need to do better. People should know their ancestral roots. I can't imagine not knowing mine, how lost I'd feel.)

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#5

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I’m British, was travelling in the states. Got talking to a guy at a bar while we’re waiting for service, and he recommended I try a pint of Guinness while in the US. He informed me they don’t sell Guinness in the UK.

I politely explained that they do indeed have Guinness in just about every pub in the UK. He disagreed, adding that he’s never been himself but his son in law went to London on business and told him so. I explained I’d lived in the UK including London my whole life. He looked at me lost in thought for a few moments, and said: “They don’t have Guinness there,” and walked away.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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2 months ago

it seems an unfortunate trend in America now is to live in an alternate reality where facts are dismissed if you don't agree with them.

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#6

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I swear on my mothers life that this happened:

I was on a student exchange between my German school and a school in San Francisco in the late 90s.

When the Americans came to visit us, we had a welcome party for them at a friends place. That friend had a dog, and at some point he gave the dog a command in German. The dog obeyed, and one of the American kids asks how we managed to teach German to the dog.

He wasn’t joking either, he seemed convinced that all pets are somehow born with knowledge of the English language, but all other languages need to be taught to them.

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H.L.Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol, American here. My first dog was abandoned by some people who were from Puerto Rico. He chose me after my neighbor saw him tied up, the house empty. And him on a 2ft chain. Very smart doggo. He ended up bi-lingual. My only problem with him was that he was trained in Spanish. Lol. I just taught him the same commands in English. He caught on quick! Good boy.

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#7

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird When an American asked me what it's like to have an accent. They thought that they had no accent and their voice was 'default' basically

MetalObsessed , Chip Griffin Report

Robert T
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2 months ago

I was once in Dallas and the girl serving me in the cafeteria on hearing me speak, "Gee, you got a funny accent". My immediate thought to myself was, look who's talking!

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#8

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird “I don’t need affordable healthcare. I need freedom.”

This is an actual quote.

Anyway, the full cost of my kid’s birth including all scans, midwife, obstetrics appointment, labour, innoculations, heel stick and follow-up antenatal was $180.

HolIerer , kristin klein Report

Wayne Dorman
Community Member
2 months ago

There's a reason why there's so many cases of bankruptcy and suicides due to crippling debt caused by medical bills. Healthcare should not be a luxury reserved for the rich.

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#9

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I live in the southern hemisphere. Talking to an American online in December, and I mentioned it was summer for me. She kept asking which month I was in (kept insisting it must be June) and couldn't seem to wrap her head around the idea that it was simultaneously December and summer in the southern hemisphere.

sad_choochoo_train , Samuel S Report

Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

But she would've been okay with 'its December here but June there'.. lol

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#10

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird “Wait, y’all have IKEA?”

Im Swedish

Nice_Swordfish_69420 , Seth Werkheiser Report

Panda Kicki
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2 months ago (edited)

Well, we in Sweden generally dont own our personal IKEA place , but there are plenty of them to visit. But in the north you can have a couple if hours ride to get to one.

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#11

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird An Austrian friend and I were told about about this magical thing they have in America called Fireworks and how we should go see it at least once in our lives.

Alarmed_Scientist_15 , bayasaa Report

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahahahahaha oh..wow...

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#12

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Canadian here. I was 7 and in Florida telling my new also 7 year old friend about our money system. I told her we don't have dollar or two dollar bills they are coins and called a loonie and a toonie. She goes and asks her parents and they told her I was lying.

honeywrites , KMR Photography Report

Ladyandthetramp
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2 months ago

Oh god🤦🏽‍♀️

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#13

"Ya'll are part of the USA, you just have a different flag 'sall."

Umm... no. I assure you Canada us not part of the US.

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Bacony Cakes
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2 months ago

USA is just South Canada.

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#14

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I was asked if France is part of the United Kingdom. When I tried explaining him what the United Kingdom is, he told me England is no longer part of the UK because of Brexit.

IAmDouda97 , Pedro Szekely Report

Wayne Dorman
Community Member
2 months ago

To be fair, that seems to be about the level of understanding most people who voted to leave the EU had about Brexit too.

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

The amount of Brits I've heard saying we left Europe..😂😂

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Nicholas Kraemer
Community Member
2 months ago

Clearly a person who just time traveled from the court of a Plantagenet king.

JennyLaRue
Community Member
2 months ago

Aargghh, this kind of comment pains me.

Silre
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, now my headache is back

CaptainFluffy
Community Member
2 months ago

Well Scotland did vote to stay in Europe.

David Humphreys
Community Member
2 months ago

And Northen Ireland also if I recall correctly. Given the NI agreement and the issue of borders, this will be a longer term issue. You have to think beyond the first step

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Norah Reilly
Community Member
2 months ago

There's just no excuse for that abysmally low level of awareness, no excuse at all.

Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

How much do Europeans know about America though? Or Africa? Or Asia? I know that I don't know much.

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

Enough not to think that Brazil is part of the USA and Washington DC is not anymore because Trump isn't president anymore..

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

How can you confuse "European Union" with "United Kingdom" ? Europe is a f*****g continent and the United Kingdom is ONE kingdom. Are the kings of Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Norway and Sweden, the grand-duke of Luxembourg, the queen of Denmark, and the princes of Monaco and Liechtenstein a joke to them ?

Auntriarch
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably because they both start with U

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Red rockin lobster
Community Member
2 months ago

I met a couple of American tourists in Sicily and they asked me for the train to Palmero. When I asked if they thought of Palermo the guy said: "No, Palmero. I'm going to see the place of my origins, I know where I come from"

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

damn Brexit

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG half knowledge.... thats the kind of person who reads an abstract and thinks they are an expert on the whole book now

Neil Bidle
Community Member
2 months ago

An extract?

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ADHD
Community Member
1 month ago

oh man, i wish. shoulda been England fecking off to be its own little racist hell hole and left the other nations to do their own thing cant wait till the UK breaks up

Wednesday
Community Member
1 month ago

Uk, EU - what's the difference (facepalm...) o.f.f.s...

Jenifer Halpern
Community Member
2 months ago

Wait! What?!

Jo Hicks
Community Member
2 months ago

For goodness sake, don't mention Great Britain, or the Commonwealth. It'll blow his mind...

Joyce Plaate
Community Member
2 months ago

That's fascinating. I thought most wouldn't know about the UK at all, that north of the Channel it's all England.

Jules Daly
Community Member
2 months ago

Or the American who insisted UK was no longer in Europe, coz of Brexit. Lol

Smelli Mel
Community Member
2 months ago

This is pretty funny.

Zed Muk
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

One time, when I mentioned to an American that I am from England, they replied "oh, that's a city in London, isn't it?" Edit to add: now read #24 and realised other's have come across the same "England is in London" thing.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
2 months ago

Tiny minds abound

Maurettis
Community Member
2 months ago

Well... they kinda warred for a long time... but no...

Natalia
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok, hahahaha, he had some info, just needed to tidy them up in his mind 😂😂

Jimi Laoshi
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahahaha best one so far

Erik Granqvist
Community Member
2 months ago

That could be the case within a forseeable future.

Cécile V.
Community Member
2 months ago

I had to explain once a teenager girl that Europe is made of different countries with different languages. She was about 15, my age at the time and I am French. Still in shock after all these years. I am 60 now. I recovered lol . Hope she is doing well

Leigh C.
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean, I can understand the confusion with Brexit, at the very least, especially if you haven't been paying close attention to the issue.

Amy Bindokas
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh ok then!🧐

CeeJay
Community Member
2 months ago

Only England voted Brexit!

Marcellus the Third
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2 months ago

I can actually see London leave the UK and re-join Europe. It's Lexit, then.

jhon kale
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2 months ago

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#15

"Speak english this is america!" It was online, but yeah. The sheer stupidity struck me hard.

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Panda Kicki
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2 months ago

The idea that the internet is America somehow seems to spread, have seen that several times.

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#16

Met a cool group in Belgrade, they were very surprised they could have beer at 21. That was so sincere, I kinda felt sorry for them in a good way. Decided to be a good host and show them the REAL good time. Took them parties, river clubs, cave clubs, found them drugs (they asked) ...all in all we had a pretty epic week, the kind of young people of 21 can make for themselves in capital city.

Somehow the conversation went to God, I mention I don't really believe in that, and they were so f*****g pissed. Literally, instant change. Whole group started explaining me Jesus stuff, angrily, they were disappointed and angry they spent a week with me.

I was so f*****g surprised, I mean we drinked, drugged, and did a lot of s**t Bible I presume doesn't approve. Couldn't held a conversation that evening, couldn't change subject, they kept pushing. Aggressively.

Went to the bathroom, went home.

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Piet Puk
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2 months ago (edited)

Future Trump voters.

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#17

"How can Canadians offer free healthcare? Why would any doctors want to work for free? This is slavery!"

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Chich
Community Member
2 months ago

I was in the states a few years back and when people found out I had free healthcare it became a topic of conversation. The attitude that surprised me most was that many of the people who were opposed to it were against it because they did not want to pay to help other people. Others got sick? it was their problem.

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#18

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Had a black american assume that I was "african-american also" because I'm black. I had to explain to him that the ethnically specified title "african-american" is only used to describe black people from america, not black people from other countries, and that black people from other countries are not specifically labeled by heritage, race or ethnicity. Afterward I revealed to him that I am actually bahamian.

Despite all that explaining, he still proceeded to ask "Oh! so you're an african-bahamian then?" I felt the vein on the side of my head twinge a little lol.

Edit: The term is not "african-bahamian" because I am not inherently attached to african citizenship or heritage. This term would be used for someone who is actually from africa, but is also a bahamian/ vice versa, OR someone who is closely attached to that heritage (say, a bahamian whose parent/s were african.) Over here we would just say that we are Bahamians of african decent, but only if the topic came up.

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Ladyandthetramp
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, it gets me mad ally the time.

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#19

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "How long did you take you learn to use metric instead of normal measurements?"

He genuinely didn't understand that metric was a system we actually used every day, we weren't constantly having to mentally convert meausrements to feet or pounds to understand how big they really were.

InscrutableAudacity , We Like Sharing Report

J. F.
Community Member
2 months ago

Quite funny given that the US is the only country that doesn't use metric on a daily basis (it's used in scientific fields at least)

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#20

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird 'I didn't know it was this cold in Cuba' we are in Spain. Spain, Europe. Stupid f****r came to university here on a scholarship for six months and didn't even know which country was coming into nor thought it was strange how long the flight was, he also didn't think about googling the place to see where it was, the weather... dunno, INFORMATION about the place he was going to live for six months. Only packed flip flops, tshirts and shorts. We're in the North of Spain, we have UK weather. He had to spend quite a bit for winter clothes in October because he had nothing to wear. He was also bummed because he couldn't find tacos here (you can)

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

Also Americans still really can't go to Cuba. Stupid embargo

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#21

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird As a Brit, I had to bite my tongue when asked 'Do you celebrate Independence Day?'

TAFKAPepeSilvia , Jim Rose Report

Wayne Dorman
Community Member
2 months ago

You mean celebrating the day America officially severed from the England? We don't, but upon reading some of the entries on this list makes me think we should start doing so.

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#22

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird “I love the African-American culture here!”

— said in Cape Town, South Africa

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Luna
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m assuming the beach in the picture is in Cape Town, but I would like to say that I it is a very lovely beach indeed

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#23

I live in NZ and worked in retail, so there's been a few.

Funniest was "You have to serve me!" after they made a racial remark (wasn't too bad, but still f****n rude), threw a tantrum in the store because they didn't look at the prices before they used one of our products, then started trashing the place.
When my manager told them no I certainly did not have to serve them (by law) and she was calling the cops for destruction of property the lady made an O face then took off without paying. Cops got her like an hour later. I just wish I was still at work when they brought her in to pay for all the stuff she broke/stole/used.

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Chich
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2 months ago

I would pay to watch them use "the customer is always right" in someplace like France.

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#24

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I’d say it’s a toss up between:

“Is England in London?”

“Do you still like, drive horses to get around in Europe?”

And a guy trying to smack talk on Xbox who after I told him nobody cares said “Who cares what you think?! You’re foreign!” I said “So are you?” And he laughed and said “No r****d, I’m American”

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Nicola Dimigen
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah yes, because the world wide web is the US

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#25

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird I met an American tourist who was adamant that my country [Iceland] was a home ruled territory under the US government.

He said this during our nations independence day.

He assumed we shared a similar status with Puerto Rico.

He was convinced of the error of his ways after confronting two other natives and a Google search.

AlleywayGum , Daniel Enchev Report

Thorfin Wolfsbane
Community Member
2 months ago

Oooooh, an American that changed their mind after some research. A rare find indeed!

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#26

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "Are your parents Democrats or Republicans?"

eh, have different political parties here luv

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N G
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2 months ago

The colours are swapped as well - blue is the right, red is left, yellow is somewhere central

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#27

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird The typical stuff. Do you have cars /trees/dogs/in Germany. Another favourite : Is Hitler still alive?

UnhappyCryptographer , moochida Report

denzoren
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2 months ago

"Oh yeah, he lives in Poland on a farm tending for his cattle and painting the landscape"

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#28

Asking how much I copay for insurance. I don't even know what copay means.

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H.L.Lewis
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2 months ago

You're lucky.

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#29

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird A middle aged American was surprised to find out Venice was so old (and an actual city for centuries), and not built in the 20th century for tourist purposes

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Sarah James
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2 months ago

Probably thought it was built by the same people that created the Vegas attraction !

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#30

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Englishman, living in the US for 15 years now. I’ve been asked a lot of bizarre things but one of the best was someone who asked what language we speak in England, and how long it took me to learn English when I moved here.

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JennyLaRue
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2 months ago

I just don't understand how they don't recognise the connection between "England" and "English"

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#31

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Poking fun at me with France stereotypes. I'm not from France, my parents are not from France, and I've never been to France. My first language is French, that's enough for Americans to treat me like I'm from France.

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Ashley Lynne
Community Member
2 months ago

Ironic since Americans speak English.... but most have not been to England lol

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#32

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "Ah, you're from Denmark. Where in Canada is that again?"

Al_Capwned13 , Jorge Franganillo Report

Panda Kicki
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2 months ago

Nonono, Denmark is a region of Sweden, ask LAX airport staff 😉

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#33

you can't be from country that doesn't speak English, you are white!!

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J. F.
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2 months ago

[Laughs in german]

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#34

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "I can't believe you would live in a country where you're living under the dictatorship of the queen."

I am Canadian.

fugaziozbourne , Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence Report

JennyLaRue
Community Member
2 months ago

Dictatorship? The only power she has is luring tourists in to pay to tour her castles 🤣

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#35

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "You speak real good English for a foreigner" - I'm British and she knew that.

Edit, because a lot of people seem to think that no American could ever say this and mean it: it was a lovely, sweet, older woman who thought she was paying me a genuine compliment. We sat and chatted in her garden for about an hour as she plied me with her homemade lemonade and asked me about my life and what brought me to Washington State. I thanked her, because she was saying something lovely (albeit weird), and we continued chatting.

UnicornCackle , Larry Koester Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

My colleague was marked down on a feedback form after giving a presentation in the US. It said "Broken English, non-American". He's British, and as far as I am aware the only language he speaks is English. He was however slightly nervous. Considering how varied American accents are, I was surprised at the lack of tollerance.

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#36

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Had a taxi driver in New York ask how we got there (from Ireland). When we said by plane, he was like „you have airports?!“.

Also thought we were still getting round on horses.

vokuhilaisainmdom , Rene Schwietzke Report

Chich
Community Member
2 months ago

Well they did capture their airports from the redcoats in 1776 so maybe he thought yours were still occupied by the British.

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#37

I’m Australian and in 2015 I was doing a cruise around New Zealand with my family. Might add that I have an Autistic daughter who was 14 at the time and despite being Autistic is incredibly sociable, but has a tendency to strike up unusual conversations with strangers. We needed to get to one of the restaurants a few floors above us and decided to use the lift instead of the stairs. The lift arrived on our floor and we entered with an elderly couple already inside. My wife and I greeted them and they duly greeted us back and we soon ascertained they were American. Seconds later, my Autistic daughter stated the obvious that we were all travelling in a “lift”. A random throw-away comment, but that’s just who she is. The female literally barked at my daughter and told her the correct word was in fact an “elevator”. At this point I interjected and politely mentioned that where we are from it’s called a “lift”, but this couple were adamant that it was an “elevator”. Their attitude was we were wrong and they were right. Fortunately we never did get to see them the remainder of the cruise. We share a common language being English and there are going to be differences how we say things depending where we’ve been brought up - it’s about being open minded and accepting. Unfortunately it appeared that the world revolved around this couple.

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jleitner
Community Member
2 months ago

Truthfully, their attitude is ignorant and offensive to me as an American. Regional differences in language are everywhere, including within the USA. In NY, the little sugary pellets you put on ice cream are called "sprinkles", but not far away at all in most of the New England states they're called "jimmies".. A hoagie and a wedge and a sub are all basically the same kind of sandwich, but it can differ within 50 miles depending if you're from northern New Jersey or southern New Jersey, etc. Anyone insisting that "the correct word in English is..." is not a very good observer of English, and people in general.

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#38

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird “Wow you speak American very well for a foreigner”

Thanks lady, I’m Canadian and “American” is the only language I know

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
Community Member
2 months ago

You could really blow her mind by telling her that Canada, Mexico, etc. are all in America since America is actually two continents constituting an entire hemisphere

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#39

"why didn't they walk around the berlin wall?"

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J. F.
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2 months ago

Yeah just a walk through the park... and mine fields, bullet storm, guard dogs and a lot more

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#40

I once spoke to an American that was surprised that black Australian individuals had an Australian accent.

It's so weird but you can also see it coming somehow in how they often think about race: the same thing that one was surprised that black Dutch individuals of course had Dutch names.

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jleitner
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember seeing a stand-up comedian who happened to be Asian starting his act by saying "nope, there's nothing wrong with your TV - this is the way I talk. I'm from Nashville", in a good ol' southern drawl...

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#41

A friend was dating an American, and a bunch of us went out for a pub meal (UK).

Now, there's a stereotype that Americans can be a little loud. And, unfortunately, this was the case with this girl. Literally everyone in the pub was giving her side-eye, but noone says anything because that would be rude.

My friend very subtly tries to make her aware of the noise level, and she talk-yells, "oh no, honey. I'm not loud. All y'all are just too quiet! Such a quaint little country, y'all need to use your outdoor voices!"

We were quite clearly inside...

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Memere
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2 months ago

There could be two other reasons for her being so loud: 1) she has hearing loss & doesn't realize how loud she's talking, or 2) most American bars/nightclubs play music so loud that it's impossible to have a conversation without shouting. But neither of those are obviously not her problem since she said what she did about it.

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#42

"Europe is communist"

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Wayne Dorman
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2 months ago

They voted for Trump, didn't they?

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#43

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird "Do you have color television in Germany?"

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
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2 months ago

Should have replied "What's television?"

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One American guy I met instantly told me where he lives, why he left America, why he married his foreign wife, when he shot his first gun and how his father made him do it (7 years old IIRC), and why he thought that was a good thing and built character, and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember.

I genuinely couldn't get a word in edgeways to get away. My wife had to come pull me away saying we needed to leave. This was in a supermarket in southeast Asia. He just came over and said "Are you American". I said no. He launched into his life story and wouldn't stop.

Wife said I'm way too polite but how do you deal with that, just walk away while he's still talking?

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meta dillard
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2 months ago

USA is like everyplace else. We have educated people and uneducated people, smart people and not-so-smart people.

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#45

That I must be a socialist because I'm from the UK where we have the NHS.

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J. F.
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2 months ago

And again, people in the US rarely seem to not know / understand the difference between a social market system and socialism.

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#46

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird They asked me if I spoke African....

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Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

If they meant, Afrikaans, that's fine. Otherwise..nah

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#47

I lived for a while in an old house in Somerset. It was once owned by Rev Thomas Budd who travelled to America on The Mayflower. Had quite a few Americans turn up on the doorstep (there's a blue plaque) expecting me to drop everything and provide a house tour and have expert knowledge of Thomas Budd.

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Aunt Messy
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2 months ago

I hope you told them to piss off.

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#48

My wife was staying at a hostel in Athens a few years ago. She shared a room with an American in her 20s. They got talking about where they’ve stayed in the past, and my wife told her that she used to live in Sweden for a few years. The American didn’t know where or what Sweden was. My wife said “It’s a country, next to Norway”. “Oh Norway!”, the American burst out, “Ole is from there! Do you know Ole?!”

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Panda Kicki
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2 months ago

Well, we can just inform LAX staff that Norway is now a region in Sweden, ask Ole for more info, all the 10 million swedes know him 😝 ( actually if she meant movie star Olr, Ole Bramserud, he is known by a lot of us as he is in an old, very popular, series of films, Sällskapsresan)

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#49

50 Things Americans Have Said That People In This Online Community Thought Were Weird Canadian here, worked for AT&T. Where I worked in Windsor, I could SEE America. The number of questions about snow and igloos whenever anyone found out was too high. I swear I spent 15 mins trying to convince a woman FROM Detriot that the criss crossing lights in the sky came from Ceasars Windsor and that there is no snow here right now, it's July

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H.L.Lewis
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2 months ago

Willful ignorance

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#50

“Spaghetti with eggs kinda weird”. “That’s a Carbonara”!!!

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

This American ♥️LOVES♥️ spaghetti carbonara! [Now I’m hungry...]

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