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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-20-2015, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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The 'Your perceptions/experiences of different nationalities' Thread

I'll start by saying I'm British or more specifically Northern English (this actually does matter if you know your shit!) and I've been living in County Cork in Ireland for a little bit now so I thought they'd be the best ones to start off with:

The Irish people (not including Dublin). Generally are more friendly to strangers and acquaintances than us British, they are also the masters of small talk and tend to fill any gaps with general chit chat such as the weather, how was your weekend, nice shirt type of chat. They are slightly behind the UK in terms of food and cultural trends (NOT the quality of food however) and me eating an Avocado with a spoon at lunch is seen as witchcraft to some. They love a drink (even more than us) and are generally of a cheerier demeanour (on average) than us British. Only con is that I've seen a little bit of jingoistic racism that can prevail now and again across the board (pub to corporate) that's not as known in the UK.

The German people. I know the Germans quite well as I have family from there and as a result have spent a fair bit of time around them. They are very like us, they love banter and are much friendlier to strangers than I initially expected, the food and beer are unmatched in Europe. They're a little more reserved than us and can take time to warm up but once going they have an almost identical humour to us (British). No real cons.

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I don't really know people from different nations, except for Indians (Sikhs). Once you get to know them they are a very warm people. I've even been invited to Sikh festivals such as The Festival of Light - I can only describe it as been like New Year in the UK... even though me and my sister were the only whites there we were made to feel welcome and had great time. Obviously Indian food is the muts nuts too, infact it's become so popular that Indian foods competes against fish and chips as the nations signature meal.

One thing the gets me is the way other nations perceive Britain, they don't appreciate or even understand the diversity in this small piece of land. I can actually tell if someone is from Sunderland (6 miles away) or Peterlee (7 miles away) just from their accents. I also think some people (Jonny Foreigners) think we are all stiff upper lip and no sense of humour, rather than the hard partying nation that we are.

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