Seven stereotypes about Americans that foreigners believe in
Each country has its own stereotypes - both good and bad. As residents of one of the largest countries in the world, Americans boast a series of myths and misconceptions that exist about them in other parts of the world. Someone believes that chickens do not peck at the residents of the United States of money, and someone is sure that they are literally obsessed with work. Is it so?
Mark Abadi, who has traveled 25 countries - from South America to Europe and Southeast Asia, offers to understand what non-Americans think of Americans, and how true their thoughts about the inhabitants of the United States are, writes Travel and Leasure.
1. All americans are rich
One of the most common stereotypes I encountered while traveling was that all Americans are rich. Not so rich: “I don't have to haggle at the supermarket at night”, and so: “I have a lot of houses and cars”.
This stereotype is fueled in part by the powerful global economic state of America. But, despite the country's reputation, many Americans know that the country's wealth is not always distributed among all citizens, and millions of US residents are struggling to make ends meet.
2. Americans are too patriotic
Americans do have a reputation for being overly patriotic. Many people who visit the United States for the first time are surprised at how many American flags are erected in their homes, schools, offices, and quite often they hear how Americans glorify their country, proclaiming it the greatest on earth.
3. Americans care about the rest of the world
Hand in hand with the legend of superiority complex, the myth that Americans know nothing about the world outside the United States. Unfortunately, this is a sad reality: many Americans, going on trips, do not know about the culture and customs of the country they are visiting, and, even worse, sometimes they don’t try to learn or learn something. The people of the United States themselves can fight this stereotype by interacting with people from other cultures abroad and making efforts to look at things from their point of view.
4. Americans are able to speak only English
The United States is known to be monolingual - perhaps more than any other country in the world. However, an increasing number of Americans, especially young people, are quite capable of communicating in a language other than English. Travelers cannot be expected to speak fluently in the local language in any country, but learning a few key phrases can go a long way towards building relationships with people and building their trust.
5. Americans think they all should
American tourists have a reputation for wanting to meet their needs everywhere. Sometimes it comes to the point of absurdity - for example, travelers from the United States, coming to other countries, can demand from local residents to satisfy their cultural preferences and support their worldview. They can be sure that all the locals speak English. When you hit the road, it is important to remember that you are a guest in another country, therefore it is important to respect the customs and traditions of the host state and its inhabitants.
6. Americans are obsessed with work
This stereotype has a basis - Americans work an average of 47 hours a week, and this is one of the highest rates in the world. In many European countries the average is below 40 hours per week, while in Germany and Sweden it is close to 35. The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not guarantee paid vacation for employees. And even if it is there, the worker can be pressured not to use it in full.
7. And they do not understand football
This might seem like the worst stereotype about Americans. Either way, although football has about 4 billion fans around the world and is considered the most popular sport in almost every country, Americans have tangibly resisted its charm. Despite the slowly growing popularity of football in the United States, the general lack of interest in the sport in America came as a shock to many of the non-Americans whom the author encountered while traveling.
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