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What Do You In The US Think Of Us In The UK?  
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5599 times:

Just out of curiosity, What do the Americans "really" think of the English?

I took my first trip to the states last month and couldnt belive how welcoming the people were, and from an englishmans point of view, I see the US being closer to us than any of our European neighbours......especially at a time like this....

p.s. I dont want to piss of anyone here, im just asking opinions!

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User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 753 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5483 times:


To be honest, everyone that I've actually met from the UK have been wonderful people. In fact, there are some people from Scotland who live by us, and they are extremely nice, honest, etc. One of my dream vacactions is a UK/Irish golf tour.. That would be fun...

My thoughts in general. Well, we are allies. The UK is one of the best friends that the US ever had. And I'd venture to guess that the outcome of WWII would have been different were it not for the alliance of our two countries.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Ok, I am British myself, but having spent a whole summer working in the US, these were my observations, in brief.


1) Some thought we loved the Queen, and had a cup of tea every day, at precisely 4pm.

2) Some thought we had great beer, but crap food (probably true).

3) Some kept going on about "We beat you in the war, ha-ha" or "Ah, I see the colonists have returned" (!!)

4) Some thought we were the best.

5) Some Americans immediately detect your British accent.

6) You're sure to meet an American whose friend's sister's boyfriend's niece is on an exchange at the University of Leeds (or wherever).

Overall, I think they like us. I'm not 100% sure though!

Regards


User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

Oh my god, I didnt realise that people though we love the Queen! how much of a nightmare! Most English people I know think our monarchy is a joke! and yeah, im included in that!



User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5463 times:

Well, I wasn't saying I was against the monarchy, it's just an assumption that quite a few folk out there make.

I don't really have an opinion on the monarchy, although they certainly provide a lot of amusement & bemusement, as they lurch from one scandal to the next!

Ever heard the term "Prince Fool-ip"?!

I also feel sorry for the likes of Prince William, who has to put up with all the cr*p that comes with being a member of the "Royal" Family.

Anyway, sorry to veer off-course!!


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5456 times:

There's a lack of American input here. Maybe they don't know we're here...?

Or still in bed?



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5451 times:

Yeah, Prince Foolip does tend to entertain. He's a sort of "foot in mouth" person who doesnt realise he's saying the wrong thing.

Not veering off here (trying..) but what do we need them for anyway, apart from attracting our american chums from across the pond....and the japanese who come to use up endless rolls of film on Buck House...?



User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5447 times:

...Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Seeing as you mentioned UK and English, and seem to be under the impression that England IS the UK, I will ask what do US people think of the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish. Big grin



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 753 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

There's a lack of American input here. Maybe they don't know we're here...?

What am I? Chopped liver?

I will ask what do US people think of the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish.

I will answer that question three words: I love them - and that goes for the Irish folks too. My next door neighbor growing up was Welsh. I always used to wonder what it was like there. I haven't found out yet, but I will. Did I mention that I was a huge celtic music fan?




Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

Okay, from a kid who grew up in the heartland of America, here ya go:

-Americans love British accents. Most of us sound idiotic when we attempt them too.

-We are taught from an early age that England is essentially family. Yes, there was that tiff 200 and some odd years ago, and yes our history since has crafted a society so very much beyond simple English ancestory. But I think the general consensus in early History classes here is that there would be no United States without an England. Obviously that's true, but don't underestimate the number of sitcom and cheeseburger soaked Americans who are aware of at least that basic fact.

-London is the "A" list destination for most American young people when they think about their first trips overseas. One of the most cherished trip iteneraries here is England, Scotland and Ireland.

-British means "hip" in many ways here...music, comedy, motorcars (in the past few years the trendy drove SUVs but the "hip" drove RangeRovers.)

-I think we may love the Monarchy better than you! Maybe because we don't have to pay for it. But we see a lot of ourselves in Liz, Chuck & all.... dysfunctional yet trying to fit in, not always successfully. I was living in Cleveland the weekend Diana died. The line of citizens wishing to sign a book of condolences at the British consulate was out the door and down the hall. I know because I signed it.

-I can't stress this enough because I live here....the past two months have taken a toll on the American psyche, maybe even more than Vietnam did. And the sight of your Prime Minister in the House Chambers during our President's "pep talk" speech the week after 9/11 has cemented the feelings that our two nations will always be there for one another.

-One more thing...on my only wonderful visit to London, in my late teens, we asked a local about a his ideas on a restaurant serving fine food. We were sent to a French place.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5435 times:

My favorite Brit-thing is how they name they freeways. 'The M-6' I don't know why, but its damn cool.

Of course, you can't beat my interstate....I-69  Big thumbs up



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5428 times:


I love British!!! One of my best friends is from England!!! After the British support for the US, I must admit that my love is long-lasting!!!!
God Bless GB!!!!



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5418 times:

Well Jetservice we have Motorways not Interstates, there being no states here! You also see the A-1 because it is an A road (kinda big I suppose!)

I hope that fascianating insite into British motorways/freeways helps!


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5411 times:

Now if you guys would just drive on the normal side of the road  Wink/being sarcastic



User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

I agree with everything Heavymetal said. I too think that Americans are indirectly taught from childhood that Brits are our European equivalent. Americans are infatuated with the monarchy and most things British. I've been to Scotland and England and think the island is beautiful.

However, if I were forced to list some negative impressions (perhaps stereotypes), I would say:

- Bad food
- Some dialects unintelligible
- Bad teeth
- Lots of homophobia

I know I think of Brits as essentially our cousins. Thank god you gave us your law and your language!



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlinePHLFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

I have only been to London and its immediate surroundings 3 times, but I had a great time on each occasion. Great people, great food (yes great food) wonderful history.

User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5410 times:

I love Brits!

I have friends in Newcastle, Manchester and London, and they're fantastic mates (see, I can use British slang too  Big grin). I visited London for 3 days last summer, had a blast (even though I was at it alone). I'm hoping on going over there for New Year's, there's a great party there that I want to attend.

And yes, we Americans all sound like fools when we try and imitate that lovely British accent (although my friend can do it quite well).

And, even though it isn't EXACTLY British, I want to drive/own an Opel Vectra or Astra... none of the cars here (save for the VW Jetta) really strike my fancy enough. Besides, I'd be way "hip" if I drove a car that was meant for European driving Big grin

Kai



Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5388 times:

I love London, and I love the British people.

I do think British food (did someone say mutton?) is very bland and do much prefer going to a good Italian, Greek or French restaurant when I'm in town.

The British accent is definitely my favorite.

Most of us think your "Monarchy" is a silly, they nothing but mere figureheads. And yet, many of us Americans will still rush to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard.

I find the subtle differences between British and American culture amusing:

For let (for rent/lease).

Elastoplast (if you cut yourself you would put a plaster or elastoplast on it…or its full name, a sticking plaster. In America we just have band aids. I think elastoplast is the name of a brand, like band aid).

Bonnet and Boot (a car's hood and trunk, respectively).

Hurling (a cross between hockey and rugby...nothing to do with throwing up).

Elevenses (stopping work for a cuppa [cup of tea] at around eleven in the morning).

Fag (a cigarette. I think the funniest story I've heard is when a Brit came to the U.S. and asked his American friend, "can I bum a fag"?)

Cobber (just a mate, a friend. Or is that an Aussie word?)

Good on ya (just a friendly thing to say…in America we say, “what’s up”?)

I always laugh when I say something in "American" that doesn't translate to English and the poor Brit is left to decipher what I'm talking about.



I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5378 times:

I love English people, I've always found them quite friendly, amusing and funny.

I especially like the accent.  Big grin

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5370 times:

This thing about the accent. What does a BRITISH accent sound like? Because none of us know. We're all competely dog an' duck me ol luvs. There are 'undreds of accents in the UK and dozens in Scotland, dozens in England and dont even think about tha Shelties, Manx and Gaels. If you mean a BBC accent, well we understand but by eck, dinnae geez aw yon tripe aboot haen a Brutish accent

Ha-way the lads an geezabrek, me loovly boyz

Scotty


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5368 times:

American perspective of British accent:

Stuffy- The Queen

Snooty- Tony Blair

Standard- John Cleese

Working Class- Tracey Ullman

Scottish - Mel Gibson (Braveheart, of course. I know, pathetic)



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5366 times:

Yo yo yo,

Nice to see so many of you like us brits. Its interesting to see what you think, and think of what we do.

Really, alot of the examples are now rare, we act as a more international society, our idea of going out for a meal at a restaurant is eating italian, chinese, indian or mexican, we don't each much of our own food at restaurants (except sometimes at pubs, although they are becoming increasingly continental).

I find it odd that you like our accents, i like just about every accent but my own, so i guess it kinda works both ways. Oh yeah, i do hate Welsh accents >:-|

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5361 times:

Reading the above, one thing comes out loud and clear: we are separated by a common language!

Cheers,
Pete


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5614 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

Brits are considered cool... the accent really does it for us.

And that Daljit Dhaliwal, on ITN... grrrowlll! She's a babe.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13252 posts, RR: 77
Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5354 times:

I had read that Daljit had admirers and fansites in the states, you've just confirmed it Sccutler!

Don't take too much notice of the 'posh' or cockney' accents in some Hollywood films, I've never met anyone who talks like that! Big grin


25 Post contains links and images Capt.Picard : On a related note, does anyone know where I can get one of these? http://192.41.19.35/austin/washup.wav
26 Post contains images Lehpron : When I was younger, I did had a "thing against the Brit's" partly because of their involment in India's past. Whatever your grandparents did with our
27 Carmy : I'm not American or anything close, but GO BRITAIN GO! As a citizen of a former colony, and a Commonwealth subject, I must say that if not for the Bri
28 Post contains images Blink182 : I have mixed things to be honest. When I was in London this summer, I felt really insulted as when people heard my accent, they immediately started sa
29 Docpepz : Yes Singapore is the most Briticised(if there is such a term) country in Asia. Of course we have a benign dictatorship disguised as a westminister dem
30 Post contains links and images Jaspike : This post is a bit like This one.. Josh
31 Tu154m : Man, You guys rule!!!!!!!!! I have some very good friends in Aldershot and we visit once or twice a year. Of course he calls me "yank" and I call him
32 Tu154m : Not to mention some of the greatest bands have come from the UK: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Carcass, Ozzy(solo), U2, Slad
33 Eric505 : I love the UK! I went there over the summer and the people were cery cordial and welcoming. Personally, I think the UK is the US's strongest ally in t
34 Eric505 : The band U2 I believe is from Ireland, not the UK (N. Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England). Just hope to clarify this before any angry Irishmen try to a
35 Lan_Fanatic : It is nice to see that people of both countries like so much each other. It would be great to see chileans (Like me) talking about great friendship wi
36 Duce50boom : I think the Brits are awesome! The food is pretty far from what I'm used to (what's the deal with blood pie?), but the people and the culture are grea
37 Post contains images Nightcruiser : I love Great Britain. They have had a wonderful history. The British are very nice and kind. And they have two of the world's best airlines, Virgin At
38 LOT767-300ER : Generally the UK is pretty popular here in Chicago. People wear at school shirts with your St George cross (am i right its st george?) and shirts from
39 Post contains images Carmy : New Zealand-India-Canada-Australia-Great Britain-USA The Commonwealth BTW, Nightcruiser, the USA is a former British colony, but for some reason or a
40 GKirk : I think ah was the only yin who understood ye.
41 Capt.Picard : Hi Carmy I think only a few areas, now mainly in the Eastern Seaboard regin of the USA, came under the rule of the British crown, pre-1776. Mainly are
42 Post contains images Scotty : GKirk Nae wunner. Did you ever hear about the Aberdonian in the shoe shop? Fit fit fits fich fit eh??
43 Post contains images RoyalDutch : I don't exactly live in the US, but being American, I think Brits are awesome. You are some of the few people who stand behind us in almost everything
44 Post contains images GKirk : LOL @ Scotty Where was the sheep then??????
45 EGGD : Sorry, but most of us just not funny (ok who wants to turn this post sarcastically on its head?)
46 AM744 : Lan_Fanatic: "It is sad that Spain conquered our territories instead of British." What's the matter with you??? There's no point in blaming history. M
47 VS744 : Woah! I didnt expect this post to get so many replies, I go home for the weekend, come back and I get a response which I totally unexpected!! You Amer
48 Banco : VS744, I don't agree about the food. Ten years ago sure, but you only have to look at the amount of cookery programmes on the telly to see how that's
49 Post contains images Carmy : I've always thought that London had pretty good Chinese cuisine. At exorbitant prices no doubt, but the best restaurants in London are comparable to t
50 VS744 : Banco I agree with you about the ego thing!! As for the food debate, well, OK food in pubs has got better (wetherspoons minted lamb burger at the top
51 Post contains images Heavymetal : 18:25 EST.....Just heard that classy British accent on the airband monitoring Miami Center...Speedbird 4502 is on her way home.
52 Lan_Fanatic : AM744: I'm sorry. I wrote Chile-Argentina-Uruguay referring to the South Cone. But, yep...we can include Mexico.Bu we cannot forget Uruguay. Maybe it
53 Scotty : Fish & chips, fitbaw pies, Irn-Bru, mushy peas, hotpot, jellied eels, tandooris, Cornish pasties and Forfar Bridies. What a nation of gourmets we are.
54 Post contains images GKirk : Forfar Bridies!!! You tried the Pies at Kilmarnock, Scotty????
55 BA-747 : kilmarnock heheh Graham u jus keep gettin worse dont ye?
56 BA-747 : and someone forgot HAGGIS! i remember an american tourist calling my yorkshire terrier dog a hairy haggis. WTF is wrong with that yank?
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