Why are Europeans so passive aggressive towards Americans? They spend their free time ranting on Vietnamese cartoon forums about how much better their poverty-ridden welfare states are when compared to the US, could anyone give me some insight into this strange behaviour?
They learn stupid shit like this.
Yuropeeons are genetically inclined to complain yet at any sign of physical confrontations hide under rubble and start rationing food while their women draw stocking seems down the back of the bare skin of their legs in bonox.
They're just really really really REALLY fucking weird.
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Wow, that's embarrassing. At least when Americans learn about foreign countries, they try to be objective.
Even towards the end of the Cold War, the worst my world culture/history textbooks said about the USSR was that it was poor and politically repressive--which, as it happens, was also a fact.
You mean this?
but seriously, in school when learning about america the teacher was talking about the "American way of life" and mentioned stuff like living in an RV and eating fast food every day because the Americans were always about that "on the move" lifestyle or whatever, and we talked about things like the lady that put her cat in a microwave and watched things like bowling for columbine.
>european education involves watching michael moore films
also, when talking about RVs, there is always the infamous of the american who set the RV on cruise control and went to sleep, then sued someone for a gorillion dollars because the RV crashed.
It's not just the fact that your school system feels the need to teach you about our day to day life, its that it's entirely based off stereotypes and ebin /int/ maymays. It's fucking pathetic.
It's hipsterism basically. USA pop culture is mainstream so every idiot wants to prove they are better than the sheeple by dissing it. Of course when they do it they resort to the same stereotypical memes they heard from other pseudo-intellectuals and so reveal that they actually have extremely shallow understanding of the country and it's culture.
>who set the RV on cruise control and went to sleep, then sued someone for a gorillion dollars because the RV crashed.
such a case would be thrown out of the court room, and the person who sued would be fined for wasting the court's time.
If that's a university then it's kind of no big deal. American universities have some pretty retard tier lower level humanities/social science classes. Here's one from the University of Michigan, which is a pretty highly ranked school:
>AAS 328 - Women, Agency and Sexual Safety
>This course will put women's bodies at the center of science by examining the problems of the current technologies designed by scientists to enable women to have control over their reproductive capacities. The problematic technologies are a direct result of women’s ideas and voices being excluded at the very concept of the scientific project. The new technologies being developed will be examined e.g., microbicides, the female condom, cervical protection. One important research question will also be investigated. Is the vagina studied only as a vehicle for sexual intercourse and child birth or is it studied beyond this function? This is a critical question when one puts women’s bodies at the center of science. This semester a new feature will be added in looking at race and women's bodies as a site for experimentation.
If that's a finnish high school though then I feel bad for yuropoors.
and the thing is american pop culture do you study spanish or french history or some hard stuff in your language classes?
i bet when it comes to french is wine, eiffel tower, baquettes and all that shit
yeah, it's like that
>mfw today I know the reasonable explanation of the coffe lawsuit because I spent time online and stumbled upon it
>but in school I got the fucked up version and always assumed "lol America sure is crazy"
>there are Norwegians walking around who know the story, but not the real story and some times they talk to me about it and make fun of America
I'm pretty sure European history is something like
"Europe is the best thing in the world. Until we fought ourselves. And then our dumbfuck cousins helped us a bit. They were sort of #1 for a few years only because we destroyed ourselves with our wars. But we're back at being the best."
I actually feel smarter if this is what they are learning about.
AN AMERICAN FEELS SMARTER.
In america, you can take french, german or spanish language classes. Or at least it was like that at my old high school. They also had korean and japanese too for extra credit, and also being in Washington, you saw alot of Koreans and Japanese
>WGS.233J New Culture of Gender: Queer France
>Addresses the place of contemporary queer identities in French discourse. Discusses the new generation of queer authors and their principal concerns. Introduces students to the main classical references of queer subcultures, from Proust and Vivien to Hocquenghem and Wittig. Examines current debates on post-colonial and globalized queer identities through essays, songs, movies, and novels. Authors include Didier Eribon, Anne Garréta, Abdellah Taïa, Anne Scott, and Nina Bouraoui.
>Taught in French.
This is from MIT.
>spanish or french history or some hard stuff in your language classes
In Spanish we learned about the conquistadores, independence movements, and the different relationships between Spain and its colonies. I remember reading a lot of Argentinian articles about the big bad Brits when I was learning Spanish.
For French, we learned a great deal about French art and literature.
Why would you waste an opportunity to learn just because it's a language class?
But it's basing education ENTIRELY around stereotypes.
How do you think the world would be if it was taught in school that-
Germans are all shit fetish weirdos
All Canadians are Hockey playing toothless moose's.
All Australians are actually crocodile Dundee
All Brits are royal and have no teeth
All Mexicans have no head
All Thai are ladyboys.
There are so many different versions of that story that have been floating around since the 70's. That story is as much a myth as Ba'al is.
Depends on if you take "basic" history or advanced. Basic is bits about Rome, your teacher ignoring the union mandated five month lecture on Black kingdoms, some ancient greece, important things in medieval era (Ie, war of the roses), early modernish (French revolution), America revolution, how all whites are evil for killing the natives, civil war, a day of WWI, and then half a year of WWII.
Adcanced is a year atudying romes rise to power, an in deoth look at the histiry of Europe, modernish events such as the cold war, and an actual diacussion of wwi.
Not too much in-depth history in the intro courses in my experience. Not memery, either. They mostly concentrated on the language basics. The students, however, were all about the stereotypes and most of the teachers allowed it. We had a kid make a Sharpie Hitler mustache and the teacher thought it was hilarious.
Well it's not exactly in our text book either, it's more like something someone in a class discussion brought up and we talked about it.
But the text book did mention RVs as an example of the american way, where everything was supposed to be convenient.
I think he's talking about learning history within the language courses themselves. Personally, I can't speak for everyone but in my language courses we would also learn the names of cities of the country/region that spoke the language. Maybe a couple famous people, a little bit about some unique type of music or art form, and a little bit about the basic history.
because those are horrible eating and drinking habits.
Shit i learned for my self about the epidemic of heroin in Afghanistan, not in class. Only bad thing i could think of that i learn in class was when Japan killed a lot of their own people when their smaller islands were being invaded.
And Kim JUn claim to hit 13 hole in 1's at golf when tigger woods won the PGA tour.
Americans as the leading superpower export their culture everywhere, so they come under closer scrutiny. When exposed to the spectacle, many people recoil. Some aspects of their foreign policy are a factor of course.
The faggots who go full anti-america are usually naive retards, greenpeace-tier cunts or trolls.
This is how it was for me, except the languages would also teach about countries culture and celebrate holidays from there
Ex. Spainish would celebrate various spainish and Latin American holidays, Latin would celebrate Roman holidays, Japanese would celebrate Japanese holidays, etc.
because it is a distortion of reality. I have not had any soft drink in around 4 months and have not eaten at McDonalds in over a year and in no way am I unusual. Let me explain something, TV shows are fictional. That means not real.
I've been with a woman from the UK for 9 years and lived there for quite a while, so I've traveled pretty extensively around Europe and dealt with many Yuros. The crazy shit that they say and believe about America still astounds me.
This. The amazing thing is that Yerps won't waste any breath lecturing you about your own country, even when everything they know comes from Hollywood movies and television shows.
I don't understand what's the big deal about this.
When I took spanish classes there was stuff about like flamingo dances, bull fighting, football, national holidays and siesta :DDD you know stuff about Spanish culture.
I've been reading about Finnish language textbook and it's there's been same kinda stuff
We don't learn about foreign pop culture because we don't take classes in pop culture. When we take foreign language classes, we study the language. When we take history classes, we study the history. What French people supposedly eat or spend their time doing is not part of the curriculum.
But the conversations are themed that way. You know when visiting London, asking for directions etc.
Don't tell me your language classes are just about grey boring grammar and it's not about making it interesting (and funny)to learn?
You should be learning about blues, Faulkner, puritans, and cowboys then, not Coca Cola and McDonald's. That's like basing a Finnish language class on translating the ingredients of energy drink cans.
He's wrong, most language classes rely heavily on culture. It's just that we learn about art, music, literature, etc. moreso than pop culture.
I remember learning a lot about French history when I took French language classes. We didn't talk about kebab frites or Gauloises because that would be retarded.
>not asking how many babies it takes to make le pot-a-feu.
>not role playing a parent telling their teenager "no, i wont give you money."
>not having a fake fashion show to show that you learned the names for clothing
some of our language teachers are pretty great, others pretty awful.
Any kind of cultural learning is purely coincidental as it comes with expanding your working vocabulary. So if you were studying Spanish for instance, you might learn what mariachi is or what tamales are if you didn't already know, but there's little to nothing in the way of discussion about where they fit into the broader culture, mainly because it's not relevant to learning to speak the language.
This. US language courses are based on immersion methods and lots of conversational performance, not just sitting in a chair and being asked about stereotypes. This is why Americans, when they _do_ learn a language, tend to learn it well.
If you take advance placement history classes you really get in dept look. The text book was at least 7 inches thick. And I could barely read the font since it was small. But if you take regular history its really dumbed down and generalized. Then you have to wait till college to actually learn about history. But our teachers really love Europe since anyone who knows or likes it is consider cultured. So we don't learn hating you. Its that hate we receive that makes us dislike the rest of the world.
>Its that hate we receive that makes us dislike the rest of the world.
Bingo. Most Americans like Europe and Europeans until they encounter their first European.
Meanwhile, most Europeans hate America and Americans until they encounter their first American.
>Be American born
>Move to Australia at 13
>Learning about Vietnam war in history
>Teacher rages on about evil Americans
>Class watched Fahrenheit 9/11 for some reason
>Everytime I ask a question someone mocks my accent, usually the teacher
Australia tends to be pretty anti-American, although I've been here for 6 years now so I have a thicker skin about it
That's different only a select few actually have the option to take that class. And of that small group, an even smaller percentage will actually take that class. But if Europe is teaching children, maybe hundreds or thousands stereotypes of america that's has a huge affect.
This. Americans are taught from day one that Europeans are cultured, sophisticated, well-traveled, and interesting (generally because most teachers are Europhile socialists). Then you actually meet them...
Yes, America was literally invented in a European laboratory and then transported across the sea, where it was unpackaged in a marvelous ceremony.
America was a constitutional republic when your country was still experiencing peasant uprisings. Peasant fucking uprisings, lel.
>All these fucking Videos
Holy Fucking shit!
And here I thought all the "Burger's! Guns! MickyDee's and Freedumz!" was just Europeans attempting to give us a hard time
They ACTUALLY teach THIS in public schools? You guys were ACTUALLY subjected to this?
God damn! I know our education is awful but now I don't feel quite as bad by comparison.
The people who treated me the rudest while I was in Europe were the Brits, and that wasn't even in Britain. The French were mostly hospitable, but also pretty ignorant and insular to an amazing extent. Germans and Dutch were insufferably arrogant while also exceedingly ignorant.
Canadians can be just as bad, actually. Which is all the more embarrassing in their case since they're basically just an encrustation along our border.
Europeans who travel to America tend to be more educated and open-minded, for obvious reasons. But they still cling to a lot of stupid ideas and prejudices. A lot of them never step outside of Manhattan and spend a lot of their time buying jeans at the Gap or eating burgers. Makes no sense.
I recently completed a 10 month trip around the world and I've decided Americans are some of my favourite people
In America everyone was friendly, food was awesome and they loved learning about Australia. I noticed that as long as you don't try to tell Americans how to live, they've very welcoming and critical about their country, it's only when you insult them that they get nationalistic.
In Europe food sucked, people were generally rude (Except Germany and Netherlands, they were bros), always talked shit about Australia and how great their own country was.
I like slinging shit about yanks, but there's no other country as generous and welcoming
They don't necessarily have to go on a rant about how evil America is, they just default to rudeness as soon as they hear your accent.
I liked Brits until I went to England and was treated like some dumb Yank for no reason by most of the people I encountered. Surprisingly, the French were much nicer even though my French fucking sucks.