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We all know there are several stereotypes assigned to our heritages, and I'm interested in yours!

I'm, like most of us Americans, several different things but mostly Polish.  You'll often see me offending other Pollocks by blaming every single mistake I make on my heritage, because that's what we really do.  We're ditzy, to say the least.

Pollocks, at least in the Polish Village I grew up in, are known for random, perverted jokes, pranks, and Dingles Day.

Ever see a Polish windup toy?  Lay your hand on your table, crank your thumb with another hand, and allow it to flop around. - Compliments of my great uncle, Mark.
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I'm a Euro-mutt -- basically half German, half French with a few other bits thrown in.

I can't stand German food so that doesn't apply. French... well I love cheese but I'm sure I indulge WAY MORE than most people raised in France.

I do have the German stereotypical body type though. Very large frame for a woman, huge/broad shoulders. And I am 5'7" and by far the shortest person in my family (my mother is 6').

I don't look German. Or French. People usually think I am Italian or Greek. I wish!!

Original Post by sarah_b:

Scottish- I didn't know the best way to describe it so I found this paragraph which explains the stereotype well...

 

Sarah, where did you find that description? I want to see what it says about Germans and French. I really have no clue what the stereotypes are of my people... other than nazi-related or hating Americans-related... which don't apply to me ;) Thanks!

Original Post by cstefan:

Ohhh Russian :) I can understand about 30% of what I hear at this point as far as daily conversing goes.

Same here since the´re all around us, but when someone actually tries toget an answer from me in russian all I can say is papa mama doma magazin

The funny thing is that when I was small, pre-school age, then I used to play with our neighbor kids who were Russian and I understood them completely and had no problem with communicating with them either...I guess kids are just polyglots :)  

Scottish-- I'm cheap (I prefer frugal), wear plaid (only in scarves and when I'm pretending to be a cowgirl), love haggis (so true! It's wonderful!), have red hair (nope), drink (nope, though my grandparents are quite amusing when they do) and am impossible to understand due to my accent (hope not).

Canadian--I say 'eh' all the time (maybe once a month?), eat poutine (never!), live in an igloo/teepee/wigwam (not quite...), wear animal skins (no, not really), live in perpetual winter (thank heavens, no), play hockey (too violent, thank-you) and am unfailingly polite (well... I try. I do say 'sorry' far too often.).
Original Post by amy_blue:

Sarah, where did you find that description? I want to see what it says about Germans and French. I really have no clue what the stereotypes are of my people... other than nazi-related or hating Americans-related... which don't apply to me ;) Thanks!

This site- http://www.holidaycityflash.com/uk/scotland_s tereotype1.htm But I didn't see other articles at this site on stereotypes besides this one.

I'm Portuguese, and I wasn't aware there were portuguese stereotypes until I started dating someone from NJ (huge portuguese community) a couple of years ago.

I understand that as I am portuguese I am cheap, loud, family oriented, hard working - but usually associated with blue collar jobs, such as construction and landscaping, great with gardening, will only drive VWs, oh... and the cherry on top... very hairy and will not shave/wax or whatever.

 I am cheap in the sense that I do not like wasting money but I have no problem spending a huge amount of money on things that I want; so I really don't consider myself cheap, more like very selective on where to spend $. 

I am a bit loud... but most of my family isn't. So I think it is more of a personality trait. I am not family oriented, one bit. I am also very lazy... hard working in the sense that I have good work ethic and will get my job done but I am not all cheery and happy going beyond what is required.

I suck with gardening... even house plants... I can't take care of any new plants I get... they end up dying very quickly.

I did drive a VW... but neither I nor my family ever had on back in Portugal.

And part of good genes... my family is not hairy at all. My brother can't even grow a full bear for ex. So not only do I not have a problem in that department; I definitely take care of what little problem I have. 

I am glad you started this thread. Even though I am aware of the very negative effects stereotypes can have, I have always liked to learn them. I find it interesting and entertaining.

Perhaps, people can start adding more stereotypes they know about the cultures people have already mentioned.

For example cellulitedelight, since moving here I have also learned about some Polish stereotypes like the one you have already mentioned... being ditzy. Unfortunately it is not usually said as nicely.

amy_blue:

Here is a link to the French stereotype and the German stereotype.
Original Post by blackthorne:

amy_blue:

Here is a link to the French stereotype and the German stereotype.

 

Thank you, blackthorne!! Sooo interesting. I agree with Luna, glad you started this thread CD.

OK so the German stereotypes are: hairy, obese, loves beer and has the accompanying beer gut, thinks the point of drinking is to get drunk. Loathe inefficiency, never late, speak perfect English, eat 5 meals a day.

Well I am more hairy than most women. I don't like beer but I do have the beer gut!!  I used to drink only to get drunk but I quit drinking about a year ago. All the rest of it is true for me. Well of course I'd like to think I speak perfect English, but I'm far from perfect. However I was an English major, editing is a huge part of my job, my mother used to be a high school English teacher. It drives me crazy when I am late or when anyone else is. And I always think I know the most efficient way to do anything - whether it's a work project or finding my way around in someone else's car.

I guess I am more stereotypically German than I thought I was!

French stereotypes are: rude, hate Americans, stink, don't shave, women go topless on the beach, smoke cigarettes.

I don't think I'm rude, I love Americans (I am one!), I shave like crazy b/c I'm a hairy German, I've never gone topless (not even when I was on the beach in the South of France myself), and I've never ever smoked.  Pretty sure I don't stink too badly. However I do sweat a lot more than most women when I am exercising. Now I can chalk that up to my German hairy body and my German beer gut. HA!

One other thing that website says is that it's a myth that the French are rude to tourists. Based on my own personal experience, I found that one to be true. But maybe it's because they could all tell that I was a disgusting half-German?? HAHA!

Blue: The whole rude thing... I do agree with what the lady in the website said though... I believe it is a cultural thing. For example, my best friend is French, most people who first meet her think she's a b!tch. I for one thought she behaved snobbish and would not bother to talk to anyone. Then I got to know her and I absolutely adore her. If anything they are just not as opened as other people. But going back to the website... the writer mentioned that French people may react rudely if tourists approach them speaking English. The first thought that crossed my mind was "well not everyone speaks French" but then again, it is very easy to learn certain words and basic sentences. I for instance... when I first visited France as a child was taught by my parents how to say hello and I don't speak French. Not very helpful but at least it showed effort for a 4 year old. It is that effort that is welcomed and rewarded.

Besides... I have seen many, many Americans getting annoyed and even mad when people approach them speaking other languages, such as spanish, and not attempting to speak English. I see how it can sound rude for people to assume others should speak their language. So I can understand that attitude by some French people.

However, I know that if you go to Portugal and start speaking in English right away, you will most likely receive a positive reply.  

I am a good melting pot American, but have a lot of Polish ancestors. 

Do you know how to keep a Pollack busy?  See sentence below.

Do you know how to keep a Pollack busy?  See sentence above.

Luna - I think my deal with France is that I spoke French pretty well when I was there. I always tried speaking in French before English, and most people were still rude. Like at restaurants, the metro, etc. But maybe it was the culture and they were not really being rude. However I never, ever noticed this in Montreal (or anywhere else in Quebec) when visiting there. Which I used to do often.

My experience in France was very different than any other non-English speaking countries I visited. (Actually some people tell me after getting to know me that I come across as snooty and stand-offish. I don't do that on purpose. But I am pretty shy and take a while to open up with new people. Maybe it's the same thing??)

I am totally with you on the way "we" react here in the US to non-English speakers. What gives any of "us" the right to be rude to those who don't speak English? Totally goes against why we are even here to being with. In my very humble opinion. ;)

 

Uuuuuugh.  I went through the series twice before I figured that out, cgolly.

Someone did that to me with a shirt once.  I got so dizzy from circling the shirt I fell down in the store.
I asked my husband and my friend "what is the biggest stereotype for my country?". Immediate response (as I knew it would be) "sheep shaggers". Welcome to the life of a New Zealander.
lots and lots of german. my last names Schneider. if u couldnt guess from that
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german, russian, native, scottish, french, english...

 for the most part: bar-brawling drunks. Laughing

I'm first generation American; both my parents are FOBs from China xD

All the eastern Asian countries get grouped together under "Asian" since we are all the same [durhz] so I'll just use that:

The typical Asian-American female has chinky/small eyes [not really] and a pancake face [nopes :D].  She does well in school [check], obeys and respects elders [hah], is subservient [eh], and cannot drive [check xD].

I'm pretty sure there's other stereotypes about us being good in bed/kinksters and dragon-ladies, too.

There's also Azn/chigger stereotype which I avoid like the plague.

I love poking fun at and using my Asian-/chinkiness as a scapegoat for everything.  It makes my Caucasian friends uncomfortable xD.

I'm british... so I'm gonna go fiish my cuppa tea and I'm off to work.

(Which, sadly, I am)
My stereotype?

Hot tempered booze sluggin Russian.

I dont drink alcohol, I have a temper but typically doesnt get to flared unless im pushed overboard.

I do however fit the food sterotypes that go along with the Russian descent..............

I'm of Russian/Polish decent so I am short, squat and built for potato picking with a strong yen for Vodka.  Oh yeah, we get facial hair too!

Alex would like to point out that he's German and supposedly Germans are all about fornication.

He often jokes about how since he's German and I'm Polish, he "invaded me".
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