Sunday, December 05, 2004

Europe may never "get" us

Here's an excellent post illustrating that no matter how much Europe may accuse us of being ignorant of the world, they'll probably never understand us either. One of my favorite parts:

They used to get after me about how Americans dont speak more than one language, until the discovered that I speak French, German and Spanish. Then they changedthe subject and say that as a rule, Americans don't speak but one language. I then ask them how far do they have travel to find people who speak a different language. Most said less than 200 miles.

I told them we could go from the arctic circle to miami and speak nothing but English as our primary language. The fact that many Americans have to travel over 1500 miles just to find someone who doesnt speak english, it was no longer a question of American ignorance that had to be understood, but question of scale and distance that had to be understood by the Europeans.


(hat tip: Non PC in Latte Land)

3 Comments:

At 12/05/2004 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Europeans can see beyond their own borders, at least.

 
At 12/05/2004 10:23 PM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

Sheesh, somebody sounds rather pessimistic about the American populace. I'd be more than willing to debate this if I knew what grounds you based this assertion on.

 
At 12/08/2004 6:15 PM, Blogger mattles said...

As A canadian, i find the american peopel rather thoughtless. Don't get me wrong, i like y'all, but..lets jsut say some foresight is dearly needed.
an yea, im talkin bout Dubya
mattles

 

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