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    Default Hey Dutch folks (and other EU), What do you think of Americans?

    Just curious. I've had a couple of Dutch people say many not-so-positive things, one of whom may be out of his medication.

    But, yes, this country, like all, have faults, and I was just curious for a wider opinion. Be honest, you won't hurt my feelings. Even if your opinions come from media, and you've never even been here.

    I'm hoping this won't turn into "America sucks! and is ass-backwards!" But I opened this can of worms, so if that's the case, so be it.
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    I dated someone who was Dutch and he did have a little bit of that attitude, kind of snobby, to be honest. Yet he chose to live in USA for his career. So can't think it's all that bad.

    Things he specifically pointed out:
    • Obesity
    • Healthcare
    • Religiosity
    • Divorce and broken families
    • More emotional/sensitive
    • etc



    He did say he liked the optimism though, that people just see a potential for change and truly at their core believe it can happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I dated someone who was Dutch and he did have a little bit of that attitude, kind of snobby, to be honest. Yet he chose to live in USA for his career. So can't think it's all that bad.

    Things he specifically pointed out:
    • Obesity
    • Healthcare
    • Religiosity
    • Divorce and broken families
    • More emotional/sensitive
    • etc



    He did say he liked the optimism though, that people just see a potential for change and truly at their core believe it can happen.
    Yeah, I'm wondering how Dutch specific that kind of attitude is, but you can't argue with the obesity, religiosity bit. It's bad.

    More emotional/sensitive, I could see that.
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    Yeah but other countries are catching up with the obesity at an alarming rate.

    I can't say that the religiosity is necessarily a bad thing though.
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    Honestly, I don't really care for generalisations in general. Being the living exception myself I fully realize its futility.

    Of course, I can watch some show or whatever and see some americans being all weird. But what I feel from those things is my empathy for all those americans who are probably watching the same thing on tv thinking "omg...".

    If someones being 500 pounds or being a religious nutjob. I'd call them on it, but I won't label and file them under the category 'American'.

    I do have a big attitude in general though. I'm quite stubborn and opinionated. It's just that my opinions generally have a fair share of thought put into them.
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    The Dutch have crazy music skillz.

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    I don't know any Dutch people, but I had a short casual friendship with a German woman who wasn't very fond of the American culture and people in general, though there were individual Americans that she liked. Some of her criticisms of varying severity:
    - Americans are arrogant. (She didn't say it quite that bluntly, but it was strongly implied.)
    - Gender roles and dating culture in the USA are still old-fashioned and chauvinistic.
    - This doesn't count as serious criticism, but she hated American fashion.
    - Americans suck at learning German and have a tendency to mispronounce words more than other non-native speakers.
    - Europe is culturally superior and generally more advanced than the USA. (She didn't explicitly state it like this, but it was the gist of several things she said.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by underwaterthing View Post
    Americans are arrogant. (She didn't say it quite that bluntly, but it was strongly implied.)
    Oh yeah, the patriotism was another thing he took issue with. Whatever. There's lots of problems with this country duh but it's different to point things out from the inside than from the outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Oh yeah, the patriotism was another thing he took issue with. Whatever. There's lots of problems with this country duh but it's different to point things out from the inside than from the outside.

    They're just jealous they don't have streams of honey flavored milk
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    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Jullie Amerikanen zijn allemaal vet lui dom varkens. I fart in uw algemene richting!

    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Yeah but other countries are catching up with the obesity at an alarming rate.
    That can be blamed on American exports?

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