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Do you understand what the UK is?!
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Posted 4/14/15 , edited 4/14/15

Shrapnel893 wrote:

Why single out Americans?

Fuck you.

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I mean...

Go screw yourself, good sir.


good job being the "leader of the free world"


Perhaps the author has had contact with Canadians or Danes, or Dutch or even the French and found them less ignorant.


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you guys are all idiots

the UK is clearly Madagascar
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Do they teach American history and geography in the UK, sounds useless to me? You may have need to learn about your neighbors across the straight, but we have zero need to learn anything about the UK. Or are you just upset that we dont know yours? We got brief overviews of mexican history at least we did living by the border as well as important world history. Most americans rarely leave where they grew up much less travel internationally. Unlike the UK with quick access to a multitude of countries we have Mexico(which has been dangerous to visit for the last 15 years or so.. and Canada which is not much different from the US.
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Posted 4/14/15

Shrapnel893 wrote:

Why single out Americans?

Fuck you.

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I mean...

Go screw yourself, good sir.


As i said previously, i've only ever experienced this with Americans.
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Posted 4/14/15
I don't get the point of this forum. Are you asking what's American's education on UK is?
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There was a referendum on Scottish independence from the UK recently. That should've been a clue that Scotland is part of the UK.
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They don't really teach us about the difference between England, the UK, and Great Britain in school. And honestly, most people don't care. Just save yourself the frustration, and just say what country you came from instead of saying "the UK".
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tyranofication wrote:

As i said previously, i've only ever experienced this with Americans.


Lack of knowledge is more widespread than within the confines of the United States. I'd like to think that you know this. As for the question, yes, they do. Obviously, those whom you encounter in your travels may not remember, give a damn, or just like to mess with you. Or, they could be real idiots. Their own lack of knowledge, care-o-meter, and/or fewer brain cells aren't representative of the United State's education system as a whole. Well... not entirely(?). So...

Also, if I recall Northern Ireland is a province, not a country.

By the way, I'm not American. I just happen to be in the area.
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Someone from Northern Ireland reporting in just to say I enjoy that people don't realise we are in the UK

All the pros of being in the UK but people actually like us because we are Irish!... and we make Game of Thrones; you are welcome.
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I'm from the US and realize the UK is more than just England. /shrugs
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i wouldnt take anything said from an american too serisously.
aside from the military and debt, we kinda suck at everything else.
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I thought it was some kind of sandwich.
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dsjb wrote:

Why would being an immigrant be a issue in America? Aren't all Americans immigrants/descended from them. I understand when the UK has some nationalistic types that are very anti immigrant but I would have thought america by its origins would be immune to this kind of thing?

Heck the statue of liberty has that poem doesn't it?

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.


That would be a reasonable assumption from the outside, and is also one that is pushed in the textbooks here. The reality however is that while America is not anti-immigrant, Americans have always been very bigoted and racist. Just like most other nations.

The people that come before near-universally revile the people that come after in the waves of immigration to the US, fearing usurping of capital/jobs/land and holding racist notions. Anti-immigrant sentiment is based on a fear of change and racism about the incoming people, not the concept of immigration itself. Pretty much the entirety of Europe is similar in that regard.

Also, the French may have put that on the Statue of Liberty as a prank, we're not sure :P


And as for US citizens having a rich education in the histories of the different states that make up the nation -- well, states may be covered in education more than most other countries in the world, certainly, but not much attention is given other states either. Many Americans can't point to given states aside from their own region because it only ever comes up during early education and is never an issue again. I don't remember all the state capitals any more. What happens in one state rarely has much affect on anything else, unless it's a big important state.
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Plenty of people here call the Netherlands Holland.

Also, I don't think I've ever heard a Frenchman or German refer to the UK as anything other than England. The US does far better in that regard.
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Posted 4/14/15

sasarahsept wrote:

They don't really teach us about the difference between England, the UK, and Great Britain in school. And honestly, most people don't care. Just save yourself the frustration, and just say what country you came from instead of saying "the UK".


When someone says that they are from the UK they are stating which country they are from. Simply put, saying England and the UK are the exact same thing is like saying Texas and the USA are one and the same. England and Scotland have not been independent countries since 1707, Wales has not been an independent country since 1284 and the whole of Ireland was part of Britain from 1800 until 1922 (Afterwards the country split between Northern Ireland which joined the UK and the Republic of Ireland which became an independent country.)
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