EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35 Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
Don't get me wrong, I like the UK. If there was anywhere I'd want to live, it'd probably be one of the MEDC European countries or australia, but America has some pretty cool assets:
FAST FOOD - we don't get many here, mcdonalds or burger king or wimpy, and then after that there is only KFC before you get to the like, family run businesses.
CHEAP STUFF - everything is hella-cheap over there, good for you guys!!!
NICE PEOPLE - Although I don't like the attitudes of some americans, especially the arrogance of some, you guys are among the friendliest in the world, I was talking with a load of people whilst i was at LHR's T4 and they were such nice people!! Same with canadians but it goes down as one of my reasons .
BIG CITIES - I like big cities!! big metropolis' like Boston and Chicago, New York, LA etc are cool. We don't get many skyscrapers in the UK or Europe, so its nice to see such interesting city scapes.
BIG ROADS - I like big roads . The idea of just going for a 400 mile drive one day is cool .
COKE - Coke is nicer over there .
ACCENTS - I love yo accents!!!
sure there are things I don't like about the US, but otherwise its a pretty cool country!
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
I like the ways Americans take a much more open and passionate view on politics than Europe in general and how Americans like to know where there tax dollars are being spent whereas here we seem to take it for granted that increased tax will equal better services in return.
Also,baseball is my fav sport(even from a BlueJay's supporter's view).Even their 'liberal'party is quite economically right-wing too +bizjets galore!Gotta love bizjets!
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8232 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2267 times:
And Boston and NY. But what do foreigners really look for in an 'American' accent? Whenever I hear a British impersonation it sounds like John Wayne, like they think they're at the O-K corale or something. This leads me to my next point: British people can't do american accents.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
Reasons I LOVE living in America:
Great Places to Eat
The Largest Airlines in the World
Great Holiday Destinations
Warm Weather Year Round
Cold Weather Year Round
Fast Food Lifestyle
Diverse Religious Communities
Love for One Another
Things in the US can be quite expensive depending on where you are. San Francisco is the most expensive city to live in in the world, followed by New York City. The more rural you get, the cheaper things are, but in the large cities, it is quite expensive.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
Having to be 21 to drink alcohol is really not a problem (especially at college). If you want alcohol you can get it. EGGD if you really like America, you ought to consider coming here for college, state schools are fairly inexpensive, even for international students.
Hurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
Top reasons why I'd like to live in the UK:
FAST FOOD: We have too much of it here! We don't have enough family run pubs 'n' such.
NICE PEOPLE: Every British person I've ever met has been extremely nice and helpful. Much love to the Scottish dude who helped me and my friend find our hotel in downtown Berlin! But then again, I can't judge all of G.B. by the dozen or so British folks I've met...And it's just common decency to help a guy out.
SMALL, QUAINT TOWNS: Who doesn't love a town where everyone knows your name? In large towns it seems like everyone is a stranger...everyone is in a hurry. I get sick of huge metropolises after a while. Like this time I got lost in downtown Berlin.....
SMALL, CURVY ROADS: How 'bout some exciting speed along a quaint, curvy road among lush fields? But I'm sure there aren't that many roads like that in G.B, other than in American commercials. (Mazda...)
COKE: No, your Coke is better! It isn't as sweet! It's actually refreshing.
ACCENTS: No, I love yo accents!
Proof that it's always greener on the other side of the...er....ocean.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Fast food? It's great for quick lunches on the go, but Fast Food restaurants are probably one of the leading contributors to why the United States has become one of the most obese nations in the world.
I do like living here though. Costs aside, you can go skiing and on a winter backpacking trip in Alaska and the Rocky Mountains, and then you can go to the beach in Florida or go Tropical in Hawaii, and much more in between. And you don't even need a passport.
Its funny that you should mention that you would like to live in the United States as I would love to spend a year living in Europe.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
EGGD, I thought that in the American tradition of freedom of speech and the right to dissent, I'd give you reasons why your reasons aren't good.
FAST FOOD - OMG, there are soooo may fast food restaurants, and they are packed so close together, I am sick of them. I just want a good old fashioned sit down meal that fills me up with food, not empty calories, and then sustains me for more than one hour.
CHEAP STUFF - The quality stuff isn't cheap. 'Nuff said.
NICE PEOPLE - You obviously haven't been to New York City. OK, make that NYC before 9/11/01.
BIG CITIES - Rush hour. Urine stench. Subway mazes. Bus transfers. Not being able to see the sky except if you break your back (or lie on it.) People bumping into you.
BIG ROADS - Rush hour. Tandem/triple trucks. Fast route but no scenery. Orange barrels.
COKE - Coke advertisements everywhere.
ACCENTS - Not after you've been told to "speak English" so many times, even though you already are.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
Trust me, everything is cheaper over there! If I try to buy a camera here, it'll cost me the same in pounds as it does in dollars over there!!!
In fact, my pro90 cost me £820, whereas in the US it retailed for $500.
Fast food is ok, and i'd have to agree with you I do like our pubs! Thats one of the reasons i'd stay in the UK. Great having a nice warm 25C day and the sun is shining, and you can sit out on a picnic bench out the back garden of a pub in an idyllic town somewhere along the river severn, with a nice cool beer straight from the tap!!! Pubs are also good in the winter caus they have a great atmosphere.
Tbh english people aren't that friendly, although some people just walking around in the morning will say hello, and if i'm on my paperround everyone says thankyou or starrts a conversation.
Pretty cool, but there are still reasons why i'd go to USa, not just to live but because its different. The house prices are alot cheaper over there too. I guess its caus land prices are cheaper in the majority of places, and majority of yo houses is built out of wood!! . If you want an apartment in Bristol with 1 bedroom its gonna set you back £500,000 (about $800,000), even our house which is a small detached 4 bedroom house costs about £280,000!!!
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
There are distinct accents in the North and in the South.
As someone who talks for a living, I can assure you practically every region of the US has some form of 'accent'.
Boston is easy: "It's not faaahhh to the caaah" (although as a native, I can tell you most most exagerations are way overboard.) Believe it or not, the accents found in and around New Orleans are strangely similar to Boston.
New York has a variety of different accents and -isms. One that New York and New Jersey-ites rarely catch though is how they can turn "st" into "sch"..
EX: I'm driving schtraight to Philly. Another New Jersey -ism is the ability to trail off when a word ends in a "ton.." Down here there's a town called Boynton Beach, and everyone I know from Jersey pronounces it "Boyn-un" The "t" dissapeers.
The accent gets unique around Philly and Baltimore too. The vowels get stretched almost midwestern-style...in fact at Camden Yards in Baltimore, they have a tradition of adding a local touch to the national anthem..."Oh Say Does that Star...." becomes, in the local dialect, a stretched O, almost ending in a "U" sound.
I'd break southern accents down into Geor-gyah...and everywhere else.
The midwest accent starts in western New York, with a noticable Bronx flavor and , like pizza, goes Chicago style the closer to the windy city you get. Perfect Chicago accent? (Sorry, Chi-caw-go accent): Elwood Blues.."you waaahnt I should wipe da bugz ahhfff the windshield?"
Michigan is, if you look at the state, essentially an island. Nobody drives "through" Michigan to get from one part off the country to the other. That means the dialect has evolved on it's own. A man from Michigan will "gwan dow-en to Mejers to buy some haaahm-burg." Then insist he has no accent.
Texas is half-Midwest, half south. Nothing more complicated than that. Texans will tell you God invented their accent and speaks with it, but I'm afraid its just a meeting of two seperate regions. "Y'all" sounds like a word that is more comfy over east of Texarkana. But Texans can claim "fixin'" all to their own (I'm fixin' to go pee). After all, who would want it. ( j/k )
Climb along the Rockies and you'll probably find an area closest to accent-free as there is. I don't know any particular -isms about the area, except "Go Buffs" for that scumsucking pagan college football team of theirs.
I'm kind of in the dark about out West. I've noticed the aforementioned Pennsylvania sound out around Utah. California has picked up on surfer and military lingo ("dude" "rad" "outstanding"), but again I havent lived out West so I'm not sure there's any noticable accent.
_Northwest_ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
Honestly the south is the best of all.
I live just outside of Charlotte North Carolina but dont be confused by my states name for we are sure not anywhere near the **shudders** north.
Yankee's not all of them of course are obnoxious,rude, and LOUD. There are so many things down here in the country that you wont find in the north (No not trailor parks and big trucks!) lol but the people are typically much more nicer there was a study by 20 20 maybe I think it was and they would drive around and stop and when the light turned green they would just sit there and they did this all around the USA and it NY people were beeping like the second that it turned green and some would flip them off and get pissed off while the south, patiently waited now some of us did beep but they said we were the nicest..