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ok in new zealend when i was travelling and this story happened on the radio and it was about the best and worst of americas (im australian and have never been there) but anyway this one guy called and said the best bit about america is they know so much about their own country/themselves and the worst bit about them is they now nothing about other countries

another guy called he said around the same thing for the best bit about them but the worst bit is they think everyone would flock to their country if they opened up there boarders but really most people go their for the curiosity the only people that woud go there to live really would be people from poor countries that can't afford food or anything in the country

sorry to the americans out there but is this true and what does everyone else think?
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ok in new zealend when i was travelling and this story happened on the radio and it was about the best and worst of americas (im australian and have never been there) but anyway this one guy called and said the best bit about america is they know so much about their own country/themselves and the worst bit about them is they now nothing about other countries

another guy called he said around the same thing for the best bit about them but the worst bit is they think everyone would flock to their country if they opened up there boarders but really most people go their for the curiosity the only people that woud go there to live really would be people from poor countries that can't afford food or anything in the country

sorry to the americans out there but is this true and what does everyone else think?

I don't think it's true, I believe I'm rather worldy and cultured, contrary to popular belief.
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oh yeah i dont mean this to all americas and this is just what i heard on radio but i thought about it
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ok in new zealend when i was travelling and this story happened on the radio and it was about the best and worst of americas (im australian and have never been there) but anyway this one guy called and said the best bit about america is they know so much about their own country/themselves and the worst bit about them is they now nothing about other countries

another guy called he said around the same thing for the best bit about them but the worst bit is they think everyone would flock to their country if they opened up there boarders but really most people go their for the curiosity the only people that woud go there to live really would be people from poor countries that can't afford food or anything in the country

sorry to the americans out there but is this true and what does everyone else think?

Do they have proper schooling in Australia?
#8
The problem with stereotyping is that it is rarely accurate. Most Americans do know a lot about other countries. We people in Australia and New Zealand are just clinging to that belief because thats what they were like when they came over here in WWII.

Id say the only thing that annoys me about americans is that many of the younger ones seam to have the idea that the internet is theirs and anyody else on the net is trespassing
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Do they have proper schooling in Australia?


Only one of the words you highlighted was spelt incorrectly. LOL!
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The problem with stereotyping is that it is rarely accurate. Most Americans do know a lot about other countries. We people in Australia and New Zealand are just clinging to that belief because thats what they were like when they came over here in WWII.

Id say the only thing that annoys me about americans is that many of the younger ones seam to have the idea that the internet is theirs and anyody else on the net is trespassing

+1

yeah, some americans are like that. and im sure there are some aussies like that too. people are different, same country or different.
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The problem with stereotyping is that it is rarely accurate. Most
Id say the only thing that annoys me about americans is that many of the younger ones seam to have the idea that the internet is theirs and anyody else on the net is trespassing

that i disagree with... where do you get that idea from?
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Only one of the words you highlighted was spelt incorrectly. LOL!

So? The other ones were used inappropriately.

LOL!
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So? The other ones were used inappropriately.

LOL!


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#14
Well I have a few friends in USA and according to them, general education is very poor in USA all around. Maybe they're just unlucky to be around stupid people or something, I dunno. Then again, Internet is a fine example of how well are people educated, considering probably at least half of americans can hardly spell...

Heck, I know more than one american who's studying in college and doesn't know the difference between your and you're? It's kind of sad, if you ask me.
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#15
Well, I got an A in AP European History and a B in AP US History


Then again, I got a 5 on the AP US History exam and a 4 on the AP Euro exam...


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Id say the only thing that annoys me about americans is that many of the younger ones seam to have the idea that the internet is theirs and anyody else on the net is trespassing



well it was invented here.
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#17
i like to think that i know a decent amount about other countries.

im studying history in college/university right now though, so its hard not to learn about the world.

honestly, i dont think americans get enough credit for the stuff they know about the world. you always see and hear about the ones who make the stupid comments, but never the intelligent ones. in fact, im pretty sure the stupid ones are the minority, they just get the most publicity. it gives a false perception of what americans are like, and what they know.
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i like to think that i know a decent amount about other countries.

im studying history in college/university right now though, so its hard not to learn about the world.

honestly, i dont think americans get enough credit for the stuff they know about the world. you always see and hear about the ones who make the stupid comments, but never the intelligent ones. in fact, im pretty sure the stupid ones are the minority, they just get the most publicity. it gives a false perception of what americans are like, and what they know.
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well it was invented here.

Most of the technology yes, the World Wide Web itself no. Does CERN ring any bells?

Anyway, I'm Australian and I went to school in the States for three years. Most of the stereotypes about the US are complete and utter shit, but a few have a little truth to them. It depends who you ask and where you go, but I did find that Americans knew much more about their own country than Brits or Australians, and less about the rest of the world. Which is by no means necessarily a bad thing unless it's extrapolated to the opinion that the rest of the world doesn't matter or is inferior; which is less common again but you do see.
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I think you find it's not that we know more or less about other countries. We basically just don't give a shit, in general. I happen to care what goes on everywhere because I think what is going on in the Middle East and Africa will to some extent affect the future of the human race. I like to think big. Most Americans like to keep things closer to home and worry about only thier community.
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i am from the states and it pisses me off every time some little douchebag from another part of the world teabags americans. i think its just jealousy.
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#22
I dunno.
I've seen a few late night and comedy shows where they do the old "man on the street" interview thing.
They ask some college age kids questions about geography and history.
Most of the time I am appalled at the lack of knowledge college kids have these days.
Its pathetic.
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I dunno.
I've seen a few late night and comedy shows where they do the old "man on the street" interview thing.
They ask some college age kids questions about geography and history.
Most of the time I am appalled at the lack of knowledge college kids have these days.
Its pathetic.

I saw a brilliant one filmed in New York on Australian TV a few years back. They relabelled the countries on a world map and asked people to stick a flag on the country they should invade next. One bloke stuck the flag on "North Korea" (actually Australia), and then after a few seconds mused, "I never realised North Korea was so much bigger than South Korea". The "country" labelled South Korea was, of course, Tasmania.
#25
yeah its funny how they only show the morons when they do those things for comic value.
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well it was invented here.


That's not technically true. They had military networks but it was hardly the internet, and I think was first developed by an Englishman anyway.
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That's not technically true. They had military networks but it was hardly the internet, and I think was first developed by an Englishman anyway.

Yep, a pom and a Belgian working at CERN.
#28
I started dating this girl here in germany a few years back (I work on an american military installation). I know more about german history than they did. It seems that they would get tought different things at different schools. American schools are actually forced to teach the same material. My point is that americans have the materials to be very well educated, it's just that some choose not to listen.

Having lived in europe for the last 6 years I can make a very well educated opinion on what country I would most want to live in.................. America has more pros than any other country I've been to.
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Well, funny fact is that during some sort of a survey they took in 2004 I think was the year, something like 3 out of 10 americans couldn't even find USA on a world map... sad but true. This said, I don't think that education is much better in Europe than in USA, but it's sort of more consistent at least... And ex-Soviet countries seriously pwn Western countries at education (not that it seems to be helping )

And also, grammar. Man, when well over half your nation doesn't know the BASICS of spelling, that's just wrong.
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I was talking to this 14 year old girl from the US and she asked me where I was from, so I said Delhi.
She had no clue where that was. Seriously, what do they teach you guys in school these days? I knew where Washingto was when I was in kindergarten!
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Americans are typically stupid. Wether that's true or just a stereotype is open for debate but that's their reputation worldwide.
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I was talking to this 14 year old girl from the US and she asked me where I was from, so I said Delhi.
She had no clue where that was. Seriously, what do they teach you guys in school these days? I knew where Washingto was when I was in kindergarten!


your own country? lol
and i new were manchester was when i was four and were scotland was etc loondan france
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Do they have proper schooling in Australia?



ROFL every yr since i was in yr 3 weve learnt bout aboriginals ... no offence to any aboriginals here. but you guys have a boring history. you guys just get pawned by white guys thats it
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#35
I dont really think that america is more stupid than the rest of us, I just think that when a particularly stupid person gets interviewed by a poll or something, everyone likes to draw atention to it. Notice how the news always reports about how dumb some people are but never how cleaver some people are.
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ROFL every yr since i was in yr 3 weve learnt bout aboriginals ... no offence to any aboriginals here. but you guys have a boring history. you guys just get pawned by white guys thats it


Seriously dude, that's pretty racist. We stole their country, it stands to reason we should learn something about their culture.
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#37
Well, I have many steryotypes of America, don't flame me, because I know they aren't true, although some might be.
Some include: Being fat, and other crap like fat people sueing mcdonalds.
Being a big ghetto, every one running around with guns in their back pocket, all this rap and drug shit everywhere.
Not very modest, and somewhat arrogant, "God bless America" and taking it upon them selves to reshape Iraq (yes I know that was Bush).

Can't say much though, I haven't really met any really nice yanks, or any assholes so to speak. So I can't really judge.
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#38
I think the main thing that I think of when i think America is all the nutty bible bashers living over there, you know the ones who treat there kids like crap and beat them, or people who look like normal hard working respectable people until they get pissed off and have absolutly no control over themselves and act fookin crazy! usually because of sumthing to do with bloody religion.. well thats what I see load of late night programmes about here in the UK!!

Dont know if there really are that many of the nutty ones tho!

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Well, funny fact is that during some sort of a survey they took in 2004 I think was the year, something like 3 out of 10 americans couldn't even find USA on a world map... sad but true. This said, I don't think that education is much better in Europe than in USA, but it's sort of more consistent at least... And ex-Soviet countries seriously pwn Western countries at education (not that it seems to be helping )

And also, grammar. Man, when well over half your nation doesn't know the BASICS of spelling, that's just wrong.


Being from the USA I really, really doubt that 3 out of 10 people here cannot find the USA on a map (I'd believe another very well known country, such as the UK, though).
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