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Myths and misconceptions about countries and cultures.
you know... someone once asked me if we have bees in europe.
LOL thats too funny! Reply to this
She's crazy right?
I am no expert on the sanity of others, but I dont think there are any countries without flies. And now I have probably stated another weird myth and several posts will follow this one, listing countries which have no flies. :D Reply to this
The best one we heard was that we have vampires in London.
The person who said that had to be taking the p*ss? :D Reply to this
One student said she prayed her homestay family would have a koala in their backyard... While you can see these wildlife in certain areas.. we live in the inner city... about 3km from the CBD.. and we do have a tree in our yard.. but no Koala's I am afraid Reply to this
While there are plenty of flame heads in Ireland they are certainly not most of the people there. Reply to this
I suppose one's ear not in tune with Australian accent and colloquialism can mistaken it for a different language.
So I just replied with a smile, "No...I do not speak Australian....but I do speak English ." Reply to this
I think the story that amazed me the most is what someone said when I got home from my trip (having come directly from Africa). I was talking to a group of people and mentioned that I had just gotten back from Tanzania...
Guy - "Where is that?"
Me - "Africa"
Guy - "So is it really like that over there? Everyone is walking around with machine guns?"
Me - "umm....did you really just ask that?"
Guy - "Yeah, I just saw that movie about the president of Africa...that's how it is over there, right?"
Me - "umm...the president of Africa?"
Other guy - "Do you mean that movie The Last King of Scotland?"
Guy - "Yeah, that's the one."
Needless to say, this guy has several misconceptions about a bunch of things. But the idea that all Africans are just walking around with machine guns amazed me...not to mention that he thought Africa had a president... Reply to this
One of the guys who chatted me up asked me where I am from and then asked how life in Holland is. When I told him Ireland not Holland he said I will get you some beer then.
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This gave me the impression that he believed the myth, that all Irish people drink alcohol non stop. Well, it is almost not a myth, but there is the occasional very moderate alcohol consumer from Ireland, such as I am. Reply to this
Hester, haha that's so true! I've also gotten questions about Holland and the Netherlands being two different countries ("If Amsterdam is in Holland, then what/where is the Netherlands?"); or when I tell people I speak Dutch, they say "Ooooh Deutschland ja?! So you're from Germany?"
Umm no, that's something else buddy haha! Reply to this
I've also gotten questions about Holland and the Netherlands being two different countries
My boyfriend is Dutch and we often meet people that assume that the country has two names(the Netherlands and Holland).
I tell people I speak Dutch, they say "Ooooh Deutschland ja?! So you're from Germany?"
I suppose that can almost be forgiven, since Deutsch sounds so like Dutch. We get that one all the time too.
Umm no, that's something else buddy haha!
.......and you still want the bicycles back. ;)
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