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I can sympathize with you... in the service industry, you just have to take it , even if its wrong . ( most of the time.. there are exceptions!) Im not anti ameriCAN but i was recently in co op with a friend and the guy in front was demanding his money back for a bottle of water which had bubbles in, he wanted still water.The poor girl was just unable to explain the system, he had no german to speak. I quickly left ,got a still water.. gave it to him , paid for his other and the fizzy , problem solved.But i felt kind of ashamed really, you see it in restaurants.. airports... wherever, even if youve had a bad day one must remember not to take it out on people who are there to serve you.
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Old 22.02.2012, 12:53
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Not only that, the ten cent coin is called a dime, and it does not even show its value, neither in digits nor in words. It just reads "ONE DIME."
Goodness gracious me - I never noticed that.

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Old 22.02.2012, 14:41
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can any of you please point out to me the uniform that these folks are wearing to identify them as American? I must be wearing the wrong stuff.

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Old 22.02.2012, 21:25
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can any of you please point out to me the uniform that these folks are wearing to identify them as American? I must be wearing the wrong stuff.

Could it be that that uniform is called language?
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Old 22.02.2012, 22:32
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Could it be that that uniform is called language?
nope. I know plenty of locals whom you would swear came from New England or Wisconsin (and who routinely get confused for being American), not to mention South Africans whom you would swear came from Orange County, California. oh, I even know a guy in New Jersey (has lived there nearly all his life) whom you would still swear just got off a plane from Ukraine. it's a curious thing to me, because inevitably the first response a dude gets around here for whining about "the Swiss" is "did you check his passport", and yet ask the question about complaints about Americans and it's like the language is a sure-fire marker.

now, in my case I suppose someone could peg me from 20 meters away because I wear pleats and cuffs on my suit pants. never seen that on a dude in Zurich who wasn't a gringo.



there's only roughly 25,000 of us in the entire country, if you include the Canadians (which you shouldn't unless you really want to upset Cannut). and we gringos tend to prefer the French side of the country, because at least many of us learned conversational French in high school (unfortunately, I learned Spanish). the odds of a dude in Zurich actually running into a gringo, then, are something less than 1 in 100.
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Old 22.02.2012, 22:41
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there's only roughly 25,000 of us in the entire country, if you include the Canadians (which you shouldn't unless you really want to upset Cannut). and we gringos tend to prefer the French side of the country, because at least many of us learned conversational French in high school (unfortunately, I learned Spanish). the odds of a dude in Zurich actually running into a gringo, then, are something less than 1 in 100.
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can any of you please point out to me the uniform that these folks are wearing to identify them as American? I must be wearing the wrong stuff.

That's easy:
everyone who sounds like an american and is rude, is an american...

And also american tourists have the habit of being very friendly but speaking loudly and slowly even if you told them, you can speak english. Where does that come from? They also always say that they are from the US, that's why one knows...
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That's easy:
everyone who sounds like an american and is rude, is an american...

And also american tourists have the habit of being very friendly but speaking loudly and slowly even if you told them, you can speak english. Where does that come from? They also always say that they are from the US, that's why one knows...
but if they speak normally then people complain about how all Americans expect the entire world to be fluent in English, oder?

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Old 24.02.2012, 11:20
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but if they speak normally then people complain about how all Americans expect the entire world to be fluent in English, oder?

I'm definitely Canadian born and lived for a good 28 years, but in my 20s I did development more of a US styled dialect. Not sure if it was from living in S.Ont, watching too much TV, or the aid of speech dominance for ladder climbing in US based companies. Either way, most people here say I sound american, and I do get complaints or negative attitudes from strangers a couple times a year---the amusing thing, is when I mention that I'm Canadian, their attitudes change, and become super friendly and interested in my life etc. etc. --yet I can continue obnoxiously speaking with my US-accent. It really speaks on the the attitudes of some (no pun intended).
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Old 24.02.2012, 11:26
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but if they speak normally then people complain about how all Americans expect the entire world to be fluent in English, oder?

That however only applies if they continue speaking normally after one tells them that, "no I don't speak very good english".
But english people are worse in that respect.
Like italians. You say comprendere solo un po and they babble off! Funny!
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Old 24.02.2012, 11:39
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I'm definitely Canadian born and lived for a good 28 years, but in my 20s I did development more of a US styled dialect. Not sure if it was from living in S.Ont, watching too much TV, or the aid of speech dominance for ladder climbing in US based companies. Either way, most people here say I sound american, and I do get complaints or negative attitudes from strangers a couple times a year---the amusing thing, is when I mention that I'm Canadian, their attitudes change, and become super friendly and interested in my life etc. etc. --yet I can continue obnoxiously speaking with my US-accent. It really speaks on the the attitudes of some (no pun intended).
it's all because you Canadians invented hockey.

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I'm definitely Canadian born and lived for a good 28 years, but in my 20s I did development more of a US styled dialect. Not sure if it was from living in S.Ont, watching too much TV, or the aid of speech dominance for ladder climbing in US based companies. Either way, most people here say I sound american, and I do get complaints or negative attitudes from strangers a couple times a year---the amusing thing, is when I mention that I'm Canadian, their attitudes change, and become super friendly and interested in my life etc. etc. --yet I can continue obnoxiously speaking with my US-accent. It really speaks on the the attitudes of some (no pun intended).
Am slightly ashamed (no not really) to say that sometimes I "don't correct people" when they think I am Canadian. I learned French in Quebec and - oh irony!- people here are always like "Oh you're from Canada!"

Depending on the situation, being a fake Canadian due to my French accent (ha ha ha at Quebec separatists) has been extremely useful. I'm somehow less trailer trash than I really am just by virtue of my supposed non-Americanness.
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it's all because you Canadians invented hockey.

Errrr, no. They didn't.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey
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Old 24.02.2012, 14:19
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lol! you're funny!

ofcourse you can stay, you like the 5Chf!!!
actually I LOVE the 5CHF, heavy and big...makes me feel rich! I usually go to the bank and withdraw 1000 CHF in 5 CHFs.... (true story...)
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Am slightly ashamed (no not really) to say that sometimes I "don't correct people" when they think I am Canadian. I learned French in Quebec and - oh irony!- people here are always like "Oh you're from Canada!"

Depending on the situation, being a fake Canadian due to my French accent (ha ha ha at Quebec separatists) has been extremely useful. I'm somehow less trailer trash than I really am just by virtue of my supposed non-Americanness.
I usually don't correct either, but in all reality, nationality doesn't bother me one bit. I have nothing to do with what made Canada the country it is, I was just born there. If people call me American or Swiss or Canadian or Trinidadian, meh really doesn't phase me :P
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it's all because you Canadians invented Ice hockey.

Fixed that for you
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Errrr, no. They didn't.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey
hockey is played on the ice. anything else might as well be tiddlywinks.
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