VS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6025 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!
Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 785 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5909 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.
VS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5877 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...?
GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25132 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5873 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.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 785 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5871 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?
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5871 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.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5839 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!
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5836 times:
I love Brits!
I have friends in Newcastle, Manchester and London, and they're fantastic mates (see, I can use British slang too ). 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
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
Tsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5814 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.
Scotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5796 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
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5792 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 >:-|