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American smiles

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A common complaint I hear from Europeans who have been to America is how fake some Americans are.  There are Americans who, upon introduction, become your best pal—look down at your watch to check the time then look up and they have forgotten your existence. Such troublesome manners can be of a malicious-fake type (as classically seen in some American women) and other times an oblivious-fickle type.

Europeans, on the other hand, may be less amicable initially—but their smiles come in more measured and predicable appreciations as you get to know them better.

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Written by meusintuitus

July 25, 2011 at 5:37 am

Posted in expression

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  1. Quite a few Australians and some London area English are just as bad are even worse on the fakeness meter.

    French are definitely standoffish until you’ve been around them a bit.
    Czechs especially tended to be very distant at first and take several days to start warming up.

    Southern Germans and Hungarians were very open and friendly without seeming fake.

    Romanians I found to be very prickly and abrasive on the surface with a quirky sense of humor, but their intentions are good.

    Spaniards tend to be very stubborn and don’t like foreigners much. The further south you go, the more this holds true. Basques, however, are quite genuine and friendly. Catalonians more friendly than the Spaniard standard.

    Giovanni Dannato

    August 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm


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