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    What part of Europe are you talking about? You know Europe isn't just France+Germany. I don't think Americans smile too much in comparison to Spanish or Italian people, or are louder than us...I would actually say that all of them apply to the culture here except number 3).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    What part of Europe are you talking about? You know Europe isn't just France+Germany. I don't think Americans smile too much in comparison to Spanish or Italian people, or are louder than us...I would actually say that all of them apply to the culture here except number 3).
    Really? I've heard differently, even in Italy. Then again culture in Italy is kind of separated so much in all the regions that if you go one place it probably doesn't mean the same thing in the other.

    The point is that a smile is free. For no reason. And it's not an invitation to get closer (as it is in Latin America -- is that the case in Spain?), it's merely to tell them that you're all there and not bleeding profusely or anything else panic-inducing.
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    1. Americans smile a lot, usually with eye contact. This is too much by European standards.
    By German standards, you should see the french: insecure people always smile

    2. Americans don't like to be touched casually
    Hahahahaha, party poopers

    3. Americans do not often say 'excuse me'. Instead they use a complicated system of eye contact to get their meaning across courteously.
    Again goes into the direction of insecurity

    4. To avoid having to be courteous, Americans use newspapers, books, magazines, cell phones, and iPods to avoid eye contact.
    So to rob them in a tram station should be easy

    5. When waiting in a line or on a long plane ride, it is acceptable to start a conversation unless the other person is using one of the above devices.
    Ya or is from germany and has a knife

    6. Americans generally find it unacceptable to sit right next to each other if the other person is not in the group they originally came with. Exceptions are: 1) air planes, 2) dining areas in festivals, where individual tables fill up fast, 3) very crowded venues, 4) venues in which tickets are sold by seat rather than just by ticket, 5) novelty restaurants where seating is not set up for small groups, so often two or more groups are sat together, or 6) venues that have lines to get into them, and if you had a long enough conversation with a person or group ahead of you you can sometimes sit with them.
    It's a wonder porn industry originated from your country

    7. At least compared to Europe, the American's 'inside voice' is still quite loud
    That's what the little white pills labeled bonbons are for, you get when you arrive in Germany as an American. They effectively cripple your autonomous brain system and make you a perfect drone for the duration of your stay

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    No really, I met some Americans and they ranged from being supercool, to aloof to being nice, so its a huge country.

    They all tho shared some certain, I like to call it survival instinct, making em appear reserved or letting em speak in a categorial tone. That's why I never got you saying german is a hard language and we are all reserved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post

    3. Americans do not often say 'excuse me'. Instead they use a complicated system of eye contact to get their meaning across courteously.
    Are you serious?

    If anything, Americans say "excuse me" waaay too much, to the point where the expression is an instunctual reaction with no meaning.

    See if you get an "excuse me" out of Germans or Russians when they bump into you (or invade you...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    Are you serious?

    If anything, Americans say "excuse me" waaay too much, to the point where the expression is an instunctual reaction with no meaning.

    See if you get an "excuse me" out of Germans or Russians when they bump into you (or invade you...)
    Must be more regional then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Must be more regional then.
    Me thinks so. Come to the mid-west and you'll hear, "excuse me" every 2 seconds.

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    When I visit the motherland I'm going to be sure to wear khaki shorts, sandals, and a hoodie with a University logo on it. Then I'll be real loud and obnoxious with constant comments about "how we don't do it like that in America" along with military and political references.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    Me thinks so. Come to the mid-west and you'll hear, "excuse me" every 2 seconds.
    I'm in the Midwest. Midwestern metropolitan areas aren't known for being the nicest places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    No really, I met some Americans and they ranged from being supercool, to aloof to being nice, so its a huge country.

    They all tho shared some certain, I like to call it survival instinct, making em appear reserved or letting em speak in a categorial tone. That's why I never got you saying german is a hard language and we are all reserved.
    People say German is a hard language because of grammar, not because of Germans. I don't know about Germans being reserved. If they're anything like you, I'd suppose not.

    Seems from this list physical space is considered off-limits but mental space is a-okay for reconnaissance and eventual conquest.
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