No Sex Please, we're British!

Monthly topics for discussion

Moderators: Krisi, Vega, TalkingPoint

New Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:20 pm
Status: English Learner


Post by Annaslm » Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:18 pm

PolishLady wrote:Stereotypes are as old as people I think. "The problem" lies in different culture and mentality. I'm partly writing my MA thesis on this topic and I find it very interesting. Why? Because I'm a Pole and I dislike general opinions about my nation, especially given by the Americans as far as I know :( But isn't it a stereotype either?? I'm not going to tell you I don't like the Americans, contrary, I would like to meet some of them :) And the British? Personally, I think they are very original and interesting. And what about us, Polish girls? We are just different, and so are the girls from Germany, Britain, Russia, Slovakia.... With Polish greetings - Polish Lady (not Makbeth :lol: )
I strongly agree with PolsihLady, it's a fact that cultural generalizations are helpful, but you shoud pay attention when talking about a foreign country. "cultural generalization" doesn't mean that EVERYONE in this country is like that or does it. e.g: I would say that british people drink a lot of tea, it's a cultural generalization and I think it's true and it's helpful to know when I go to Britain. But I keep in mind, that not everyone in Britain drinks a lot of tea. We are all different, you can't make a generalization about ALL people.

User avatar
Silver Member
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:39 am
Status: English Teacher
Location: Philippines

Re: No Sex Please, we're British!

Post by ritzkevin » Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:30 pm

There are some people who make generalizations about my country and my people. I think they have to see or experience it themselves if it is true or not.
Ritz Kevin

Online English teacher/language trainer

Do you want to improve your English or Filipino? I can help. FREE trial

Skype id: housedog1983

Watch my YouTube video:

New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:28 pm
Status: English Learner

Stereotypes - as long as they are positive

Post by itschocolate » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:26 pm

sweethuman wrote:Actually it is good to be aware of different cultures and we should always try to implement the similiar points among each other.
I also think that it's helpful to know about different cultures. But I have to strongly disagree with you, sweethuman, because I can only be content with stereotypes and prejudices if they don't effect that people think negatively of different cultures. For example I, as an Austrian, have no problem with foreign people thinking that Austrians wear "Dirndl" and leather trousers all day and everywhere. Because that is nothing that makes the Austrians seem mean or even hazardous. But if I think of the prejudice that the Polish are known for stealing (which isn't true, I know :) ), then I have to say that stereotypes are childish and old-fashioned.

(No offence! :-) )

User avatar
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:37 pm
Status: English Learner


Post by klarazeba » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:01 pm

Here in Austria it's not much different. One week ago in my school, a british women introduced herself and the topic of the lesson was STEREOTYPES. She asked us to speak about some British stereotypes (like all the British love drinking tea) and in return she told us some Austrian. I couldn't believe it but some people really think that we are drinking bear all the time, eating Schnitzel, singing or "jodeling" in the mountains and wearing our traditional "Dirndl" or "Lederhose". In my opinion everybody is unique and it's not possible to summarise the population of one coutry and generalize it.

User avatar
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:46 pm
Status: Other

Re: No Sex Please, we're British!

Post by Studentlike » Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:55 pm

Of course there are a few stereotypes in each country and I think the older generation has made them to show that everyone is different and have other stereotypes. I think this is what makes the whole country so special and unique.

Post Reply