Americans Share 30 Things They Didnt Realize Were American Until They Went Abroad

It’s always interesting to travel around the world and experience new cultures and traditions that may be extremely distinct from what you believe to be the “norm”. And even if they are the majority of cases these culture difference trigger nothing more but a delightful surprise, there are some differences that are difficult for people to wrap their foremen around.

Have you ever thought that there are things that only your country does but seems that everybody else doesn’t truly understand it at all? Well, according to this askredit thread, Americans emphatically have this difficulty. After get questioned “What is something you didn’t recognise was normally American until you extended abroad? “, people inundated the post with an interminable inventory of usages that nobody else in the world would consider to be normal. From garbage disposals and free public bathrooms to extreme portion sizings, Americans like to do things their own way.

Scroll down to read these answers and don’t forget to share your delightful culture differences in the comments!


# 2

Being “friendly” to an extent. I checked in at a hostel and marched into the sofa place where people from all over the world were just chilling. I kinda inserted myself to the whole room, and someone exits, “you’re from the states, yeah? ” And I’m like, “yeah howd you know? ” They said, “only an American will walk into a chamber of strangers and acquaint themselves to everybody.”

# 3

How fat we are. Like, I know we are when compared to the rest of the world. But it moved me realize what I think is fat in the US, is grossly obese in Europe. And what’s not-fit, but not-fat in the US, is fat is Europe.

There are some hamhogs over there but my divinity, returning home was an eye opener.

At least we don’t inhaled just as much, I guess.

# 4

When I went to Australia I found out very quickly that no one down there “roots” for a unit – they “go for” a team. So when I said I root for the Red Sox I got a lot of strange looks

( Rooting means fucking in Australian)

# 5

Sugar. When I saw Japan, even some of their sweetest desserts sallow in comparison to how much carbohydrate is in American food.

# 6

The stereotype about us being loud is true. I never thought of myself as being thunderous until I extended abroad and would hang up the phone after speaks in what I thought was appropriate volume to find everyone around me was staring at me, and realized how much more quiet they were lol whoops

# 7

Measuring moving/ driving distance in blocks.

It’s the unit of measure I use most frequently when dedicating directions – the restaurant is 3 bricks away, go south one blocking and then two obstructs west, I live six blocks from the grocery store…

It wasn’t until I studied abroad in England and got a complete blank search when I expected person how many blocks away the library was that I recognized applying “block” as a measurement only stirs feel in cities that were largely pre-planned and built on grid organization. AKA: not many regions outside the US.

# 8

Having your glas incessantly refilled at restaurants. I simply wanna booze one tonne of water alright?

# 9

Ok, so, this one is probably quite obvious, and looking back on it it’s really embarrassing. My family took a European vacation when I was 17. For some reason, we decided to get KFC in the UK.( Because’ Murica .)

My friend who came with us went with me to ordering and pick up our order. We ordered a family size pail of chicken, and they questioned us what kinds of back bowls we wanted. We said “Biscuits.” And government employees looked at us with the strangest look.

UK KFC: “You crave . . . cookies with your chicken? ” Me: “Yes. Biscuits.” UK KFC: “We don’t sell those.” Me: “What do you mean you don’t sell biscuits. What are your areas? ” UK KFC: “Chips? ” Me: “You necessitate French fries? Ok fine. That’ll do.”

I was worldly enough to know that “chips” signified “French fries”, but “biscuits” in the UK are cookies. My fat ass tried to order fried chicken and cookies. I am positive someone over in the UK is still telling this story at parties as an example of how disgusting Americans are.

Also on this same tour my father wants to know why our waitress hindered saying “cheese”, when she was saying “cheers”. We actually left a good notion from all the regions of the pond.


Red plastic cups for parties. So much so that people outside US use them as an accessory to American themed parties.


Garbage dumpings in sinks.

When I moved to the UK, my flatmates asked how in movies people would stick their hands in the sag drainage and “its been” rent apart. I told them about garbage disposal and they were very weirded out.


Here in the District, pregnancy proclamations/ exposes/ child showers are mainstream but it’s generally a BIG no-no to bring it up in Kenya. My mama found out the hard way. Virtually, expecting someone when the babe is due is the equivalent of questioning the person “when did you and your partner fuck? ” which is considered EXTREMELY rude. The lady my mama asked was gracious about it but said “If we were not such good friends I would have slapped you! “


Small avocados.

Went to puerto rico. Was like,’ yo ill have like 6 of those stuffed avocados’. Buddy was like,’ yo gringo, i think you underestimate the size of our avocados here. Just have one and ill being you more if you want after’.

I had half of one. It was like a football.


Root beer is apparently disgusting and an offense to most of the worlds palate.


Buying stuff and the teller putting your items in a plastic or paper bag. Run to Germany, and observed it strange they don’t pouch your components. Everyone simply brings their own baggage or drop their stuff in a back pack.


Keeping AC on 100% of the time in the summer.

Visited Madrid for a few months to discover the exchange student we residence, and found that they typically only turn on AC at Night to sleep or when it reaches a damned 105 deg F.


I moved to England from Texas about six years ago. One of the major things that I noticed was that smiling and being friendly towards strangers was considered ludicrous. This is a bit true in any metropolitan area, but especially in the UK. In Texas I was used to “il smile at” people, asking questions guidances if I required them, and being friendly towards strangers. I learned very quickly that smiling at person on the tube, or expecting someone for directions on the street immediately represents person think you’re trying to scam/ cheats them or you’re crazy.


Going out to a restaurant. In America, “youre gonna have to” sat ASAP, and then they bring you drinkings, appetizers, entree, desert and then check as quick as they perhaps can( if it’s good work) for a total occasion of 45 minutes to an hour and a halfish. Abiding past this time is seen as a little bit rude. In Europe, going out to eat seemed to be more of an episode that you slowly enjoyed for a long period. First, they you bring you beverages and an appetizer for the first hour. Then the second hour is the entree and desert. Then it’s more guzzles for another half hour or so. I don’t know if it’s because we were American but it seemed like the wait faculty everywhere we proceeded was annoyed that “wed been” hastening them, when we just thought it was bad service and didn’t understand the routine.


Massively wide-cut streets/ paths. The whole of Ireland stimulated “i m feeling” claustrophobic, but when I got back home the roads felt like style too much squandered space.


Ranch flavor Doritos in the Netherlands are called “Cool American” flavor.


I was struck by the extent to which nobody want me talking to strangers in northern Europe … Even in big cities in the US, people will talk to each other sometimes in line, on the subway, etc. Not deep conversations, but it isn’t bizarre to manufacture casual conversation.


I is certainly not American but inspected the U.S alot and I tell you, nearly all Americans has this habit of rendering the ‘half smile look’ to anyone, that is not just normal anywhere else


S’mores. I was in New Zealand having a bonfire on the beach and someone started and grabbed a purse of marshmallows and then everyone merely ingest them ??! By themselves ?! And person from Sweden asked me if s’mores were a real thing or only on tv. I was flabbergasted.


I doubt this is restricted to America in any way, but when I studied abroad in the UK, the lack of public booze constitutions was a bit of a culture shock. Being able to walk outside with a bottle of brew was extremely freeing


Having plenty of* FREE* bathrooms around for members of the public to use.


How large convenience store are here. My wife is not american and we lived in China and were in HK all the time … they had big international storages that were great and she didnt genuinely grasp the size of american grocery store till our first week in the USA and there’s 150 paws of cereals on one aisle



Road trips…at least merely jump-start in the car and driving a few hours without giving it much imagine. I live in a large western nation and it seems at least every other weekend my family and I were in the car traveling for a few hours to ensure some website, go into Mexico or another state.

I have relatives in Switzerland and they were going to drive us to the Frankfurt airport and I was blown away how large-hearted of a transaction it was to them. My uncle had the car scrutinized, shopped around for gas, and printed off travelling and weather reports. All for a tour my dad would have said “hey lets do this this weekend, in the car kids! “


My British acquaintance builds merriment of me for how much cheese I use in my cooking.

Doesn’t stop her from inhaling my potato casseroles, but there you go.


24 hour stores.

It’s weird not being able to buy random sh* t at 4am …


At a buffet in Germany, I had to pay for ketchup

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