What do you 'learn' about other cultures through television and media sources?

#1
I was watching Inbetweeners and learned that people in the UK use the word "fit" in the same way that people in the US use "hot" referring to attractiveness. I also learned that the word "fanny" is used much more often.


Tell me the things television and the like has made you aware of in other cultures, even things you may have 'learned' but aren't necessarily true.
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#2
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#3
I've learned a lot about Americans from using UG. I've also learned that one can't learn of or examine cultural differences without it descending into a shit-storm.
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Fanny also means vagina here, not arse like over the pond.


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I watch British TV so I've learned that everywhere else is grim, and Britain is even worse.

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#9
I was so confused when they kept saying "fit" in the Inbetweeners.

Also, I remember reading Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling would always put in stuff like them yelling "OY!" when they were panicking or whatever. I thought she was just using it as a random loud yelling noise, but then watching a bunch of British shows, (Inbetweeners, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Broadchurch, Sherlock) they say it a lot. I was shocked


Also, going off what I read on UG, British people ****ing hate driving.
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#10
People from other places in general seem to appreciate cooking more than eating and day drinking is frowned upon except in aus


No idea if these are actually true, it's just the impression I get
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#11
UG showed me how much contempt other developed countries have for the US, which I would rarely pick up from our media. Likewise, I assume this animosity comes from the false media portrayal of the US in other countries.

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People from other places in general seem to appreciate cooking more than eating and day drinking is frowned upon except in aus


No idea if these are actually true, it's just the impression I get


Wut, day drinking is the best kind of drinking.
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UG showed me how much contempt other developed countries have for the US, which I would rarely pick up from our media. Likewise, I assume this animosity comes from the false media portrayal of the US in other countries.

#never forget
#support our troops
#USA USA USA
#jealous of our freedom
#typical American, amirite?


And snogging.


Yeah, UG has taught me that non-Americans really have no idea what American life is like haha
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#14
I learnt that in the US you can be fined for crossing the road incorrectly.

I also learnt from UG that the word 'learnt' isn't very common in the US to the extent that some people don't even know the word.
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Yeah, UG has taught me that non-Americans really have no idea what American life is like haha

Definitely

It's kind of hysterical really.
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And snogging.

Yea, it took a while for 11 year old me to figure that one out.
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she was saying things like... do you want to netflix and chill but just the chill part...too bad she'll never know that I only like the Netflix part...
#16
American politicians sometimes have to go on TV and convince the electorate that they're not practicioners of black magic.
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the chinese take-out place my family always ordered from gave you chopsticks, so as a kid it was fun to try & eat with chopsticks
now i just use a fork, 'cuz nothing is fun anymore & i just want to shovel food into my mouth to fill the void
#17
I was watching Inbetweeners and learned that people in the UK use the word "fit" in the same way that people in the US use "hot" referring to attractiveness. /QUOTE]

Not quite, in Belfast anyway "hot" is used to describe a nice face, whereas "fit" is used to describe a nice body. So therefore girls can be both, one or the other, or neither. e.g fat girls with pretty faces or fit girls with butterfaces etc etc
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I was watching Inbetweeners and learned that people in the UK use the word "fit" in the same way that people in the US use "hot" referring to attractiveness. /QUOTE]

Not quite, in Belfast anyway "hot" is used to describe a nice face, whereas "fit" is used to describe a nice body. So therefore girls can be both, one or the other, or neither. e.g fat girls with pretty faces or fit girls with butterfaces etc etc


Everything has to be split into two in Belfast, doesn't it?
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the chinese take-out place my family always ordered from gave you chopsticks, so as a kid it was fun to try & eat with chopsticks
now i just use a fork, 'cuz nothing is fun anymore & i just want to shovel food into my mouth to fill the void
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Also, going off what I read on UG, British people ****ing hate driving.


cause they drive on the wrong freaking side of the road
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Japan likes ^_^


That's the katakana symbol for 8 year old cartoon girls being penetrated by the tentacles of... some off screen thing with tentacles, right?
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#21
For some reason Dutch people are just pricks. Americans think their lives aren't how we think they are but then they totally are. And anywhere Phil Pepper finds himself is probably fine he's just a ****
#22
When I met my first british friend we went out clubbing that night. The (approximate) conversation we had the next day:
Me: Hey I saw you with that girl the whole night. Anything happen?
Him: Not really. I didn't even get her number. I probably could have but I was pissed.
Really? what happened?
Well I just kept slamming beers and talking to that girl
And... what happened?
I told you, I didn't even remember to get her number.
But you said that was because you were pissed.
Yeah, I was proper pissed!
About what?
What?
Why were you pissed?
I probably had like 8 or 9 beers.
And...?

...


...

Goes on for a few more minutes before we both realize that we pissed has different meaning in the UK and USA and neither of us had known. Pissed in the UK means DRUNK. I swear I would never guessed. And the thing is I had watched plenty of English comedies and stuff... I dunno how it took me so long to figure it out.


Back on topic: I don't think I've learned anything about foreign culture from TV. If anything I'd say that TV portrayals of Europeans make them seem more Americanized than they actually are. Possibly to appeal to an American market? I dunno.

And the only thing I've learned from Japanese TV is that they really are really unabashed about their brands of racism.
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#23
Apparently in Japan after high school your life just sucks.

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Apparently in Japan after high school your life just sucks.

That would probably explain 80% of anime
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and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
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That's the katakana symbol for 8 year old cartoon girls being penetrated by the tentacles of... some off screen thing with tentacles, right?


No, that's the kanji character for being an underaged girl getting molested in the train by a horny businessman
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#26
Guy Ritchie taught me we don't speak English in the States.

Also in America we don't call it the States.

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Wut, day drinking is the best kind of drinking.


Yes, I was day drinking today, I had to go to the pub for the NFL ticket and all. What the hell else was I supposed to do? Have some Oktoberfest on the patio.


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I learnt that in the US you can be fined for crossing the road incorrectly.

I also learnt from UG that the word 'learnt' isn't very common in the US to the extent that some people don't even know the word.


I'm sure the Southerners use 'learnt' quite liberally.


and yeah pissed, that's a good un.

Being abroad I found 'cheers' means thanks I guess, where here it means "enjoy your drink."

Australia was not how pictured it from viewing Crocodile Dundee, Quigley Down Under, and Rescuers Down Under.

America might be the only country in the world that chews tobacco. My Irish roommate was floored. He thought it only existed in western films. I gave him a dip after day drinking, and he couldn't walk. He later compared it to heroin.

Also my Irish roommate confirmed every Irish stereotype I previously had, except he didn't drink whisky. I haven't visited there yet, but I feel it's safe to say that you lot are all the same.

A Russian friend told me the winters here are harsher, because of the wind. I was shocked.
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