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Old 05-15-2002, 01:14 AM   #16
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hmm. Hard to say. As a general rule, I'd say that Americans can *seem* more friendly, ie. smile, talk very openly, etc. As someone who grew up in Asia, I had a hard time when I came back to the States gauging where I really was with a person, because they acted all friendly, but then really turned out not to give a damn about me. lol. In my experience with Europeans, I have found them to be a slightly more reticent at first, but once you've earned their trust, you are true friends and they stick by you.

But of course that's all generalization based on one person's experience.
you saved me the typing . i feel the same way also. my best friend is half english.
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...I was pleasantly surprised with NYC and upstate NY last fall. People were genuinely friendly as soon as we got off the plane until the time we left. I have even found Southern hospitality in good old Orange County, California ...
I have generally found Eurpeans to be quite friendly
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Old 05-15-2002, 01:56 AM   #18
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Is the behaviour here on Free Your Mind the standard when judging if someone is friendly or not? If so...

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P.S. The Dutch can be friendly too! Once you've read the manual and know how to approach them...

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Old 05-15-2002, 05:49 AM   #19
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Nah, Americans are friendlier, but it doesn't always come across as completely sincere.
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Old 05-15-2002, 08:00 AM   #20
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hmm well I aint been to other cities in Europe, even though Im part of the Uk/Europe thang, but I do know some, or rather that a lot of pple here..........and please dont attack ickle Maddie, this is NOT from me.............say Americans come across as too 'fake'.............and that they love the Irish cause we're 'thick'????? (apparantly this was a survey thang)......so like......uhmmmmmm

but anyway as UV2001 was saying, Im sure its obvious why loads would have a problem with the English, same way as they have a prob with us......mum says its political.............and that a lot of English come across as arrogant and snobbish and stuff, even generally to innocent Irish..........its too widespread, the hatred, over there..........*shrugs*

Personally I like to stick with my own pple or certain Europeans/Americans are very nice.
With your own u can understand each others humour better and stuff.........but of course u can get that anywhere..........and I also think the 'country' folk are far friendlier than the 'city' folk - who are friendly enough..........but Ireland and Northern Ireland - apart from the problems we have here - have been known and said to have so much hospitality, which brings a huge grin to my face.....


its really hard to know, except I say history, is what changed us from being friendly world-over.........

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Well, Gabriel, there are an awful lot of wackos on the TTC, if you ask me.
Actually I was referring to the GO, Im a suburbanite...lol..


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people in Newfoundland are sooo friendly. Im from scarborough so anyone that doesn't shoot you is friendly.

Now THATS truly hilarious...yeah Ive dodged a few in Scarbaria my self...


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Travelling to the southwest of the US a few years ago I thought all people there were extremely friendly. Of course the "welcomes" can't always be "deep from the heart" but after travelling for hours and spending a huge amount of money to get on this vacation they were very nice to hear anyway.

In general I would say Americans are more friendly and open than Europeans. Even if the friendliness might be superficial I prefer superficial friendliness to the grumpy attitude I'm confronted with sometimes over here.

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people in Newfoundland are sooo friendly. Im from scarborough so anyone that doesn't shoot you is friendly.

Oh my spatula! that's too funny...I just fell off my chair..for me I try to take the frame of mind that if you show people with respect and treat them nicely they'll treat you in kind no matter where you are...and that thinking will probably get me shot some day...

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I have seen over and over Europeans/Asians complain about the superficiality of American friendships...when in reality the Americans probably weren't even thinking in terms of friendship...to them they were just being polite. To many Americans saying hi...how are you...where are you from...how many brothers and sisters do you have...where did you go to college...etc...is just being polite or making conversation...its not meant to be mistaken for the begining of a beautiful friendship...(although of course it can go that way). Its a cultural thing I guess...

I have found friendly people in the American south...and San Francisco....
Most Europeans I have met here have been quite friendly...except for one Polish guy and he only talked to me because he was interested in Native Americans...

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hmm. Hard to say. As a general rule, I'd say that Americans can *seem* more friendly, ie. smile, talk very openly, etc. As someone who grew up in Asia, I had a hard time when I came back to the States gauging where I really was with a person, because they acted all friendly, but then really turned out not to give a damn about me. lol. In my experience with Europeans, I have found them to be a slightly more reticent at first, but once you've earned their trust, you are true friends and they stick by you.

But of course that's all generalization based on one person's experience.
I agree. It depends on what you think is friendly, too. I grew up in the south but after 15 years in NYC, what is generally thought of as "southern hospitality" now strikes me as very nosey and all that dropping in on people unannounced, which my mothers lives for, to me is rude. Don't ever stop by my house without a phone call, let me tell ya! People think New Yorkers are snotty while I think their reserve comes from living amongst millions of people with little personal space.

So, it's hard to generalize. I think all that American 'friendliness' strikes a lot of Europeans as insincere. When I was traveling alone in Europe years ago, I carried myself with the New York reserve that had become second-nature and as a result, many Parisien families who saw me eating alone invited me to their tables and even into their homes--not the typical experience an American has in Paris.
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Does anyone know why Europeans are more uninhibited ( other than the U.K. )than Americans ? For instance isn't it true that almost all the public beaches in continental Europe are clothing optional . In Canada and the States a clothing optional beach is considered a total counter-culture hippy hang-out . I think Europeans are way more free about their behavior and to express themselves than people over here .

When I was in Greece a number of years ago, I observed a family of Germans (or German-speaking, I should say)--three generations of them, from toddlers to grandma--playing cards nude on the beach. It was beautiful. I was very self-conscious just being topless. But I got over it.
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Stickin' with over generalizations: friendliest country from my experience -- besides Canada, where i live, and Pakistan, where i'm from (though, it's not sounding too friendly these past few years) -- TURKEY. Absolutely amazing place and people. Also, i may be way off base, but when i was in New York City about five years ago (my first time), i thought the people were amazingly friendly...and i felt safe. I'd heard horrible things about NYC, so it was all a nice surprise (Favorite places: East Village and Harlem.)
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Thank you, Deep; I try to spread Southern hospitality throughout the land.

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Does anyone know why Europeans are more uninhibited ( other than the U.K. )than Americans ? For instance isn't it true that almost all the public beaches in continental Europe are clothing optional . In Canada and the States a clothing optional beach is considered a total counter-culture hippy hang-out . I think Europeans are way more free about their behavior and to express themselves than people over here . If you watch the news and read the papers all the cool demonstrations are in Europe .I wish I could travel over there and get first hand knowledge . I mean look at Bono , he's a friendly Irishman and the high-tech people in the American government can hardly believe how informed and knowledgeable he is on the issues he's talking to them about . It looks to me like they can't believe this friendly dude can really have a clue .

About the clothing optional thing that is totally true of the Spanish beaches. Many women either sunbathe or walk round topless and I can say that for the former I have.

I think as a whole in Europe the more sun the countries get the friendlier the people seem (oh the wonders of sunshine )
Ireland being the exeption because the Irish seem to be really friendly from my visits

England's probably the worst place in the UK for friendly people
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