19 Things Americans Want to Say to Europeans That They Probably Don’t Want to Hear

People’s opinions tend to differ across the world, but this can be an advantage. A recent online survey asked, “Americans, what is something we Europeans aren’t ready to hear?” Below are the top 19 most frequent answers.

That they are really bad drivers

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The way people drive in Italy makes me understand why they’re so religious.”

“My first trip to Europe, I learned; just don’t drive in any European city.”

Most of us can’t afford to visit you 

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We aren’t being rude. We’re just broke.”

US foreign cuisines are a product of the immigrant experience 

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“This is what people don’t get about Italian or Chinese food in the US. It was brought over 200 years ago and was made with the ingredients they had available. It grew separately from the food in those original countries. I understand some names being the same makes it confusing when there are ingredient differences, but be a little flexible.”

For some reason, Chinese food, in particular, is mocked as ‘inauthentic.’ It’s an authentically Chinese-American cuisine.”

The US is bigger than you imagine

The US Is Huge
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“Almost every European I’ve met who hasn’t been here before has been totally unprepared for the massive size of the US.”

“We had some distant relatives come to Boston from Scotland. We asked what their plans were, and one of the things they wanted to do was take a day trip to LA. I asked, ‘Did you rent a rocket car?’”

You’re going to need air conditioners in your homes soon

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You’re gonna need air conditioners in your homes pretty soon.”

“Yeah… We’re still in denial for the most part but slowly coming to understand that.”

The KFC Double Down will both disgust and delight you

The KFC Double Down Will Both Disgust and Delight You
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My husband just told me yesterday that they brought it back!”

“As an American – this is 100% true.”

10% of Twitter users make up 80% of its content

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Twitter is a totally small network where simply 10% of customers make up 80% of the content.”

“The internet thinks that Twitter = general American sentiments and culture.”

Public toilets being free should be a standard

Public Toilets Being Free Should Be a Standard
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Not an American, but having to pay a euro just to wash my hands at an Italian train station was wild.”

“That’s wild. Nobody should have to pay for BASIC HYGIENE.”

Quit the cigarettes

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I remember from visiting Rome that at night, some stores would be closed but would have a vending machine for cigarettes available without anything to even check your ID.”

“I was mid asthma attack pretty much my entire trip in Barcelona.”

You’re racist too

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When I was bartending here in Austria, I would warn people not to say racist or hateful things around me. The answer was always, ‘We’re talking about Turkish people, not black people.’”

“Bro, I moved to Germany three years ago, and the amount of racist talk I hear about Turkish people is astounding. People are so open with it, too.”

You are also getting fat

We_re All Obese
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“In France, anything tastes good with enough butter.”

“Butter is fine. You can eat it every day. What is fattening people is a ridiculous amount of sugar and corn syrup in every commercial food product.”

Brits actually do use imperial measurements 

Americans Don_t Understand The Metric System
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British people mock us for using Imperial measurements and then still order ‘pints’ at the pub and use ‘stones’ as a measurement of weight.”

“You think that’s bad? We also measure fuel efficiency by miles per gallon while filling up in liters.”

Americans are actually nice

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I was surprised to discover how friendly and helpful Americans are. From watching TV, you just come across as rude, but in person, you guys are great.”

“I once went to a cafe in America where the barista, after handing me my coffee, told me to ‘have a dynamite day.’ No one has told me to have a dynamite day since.

Living in America is different from what you think

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Having moved from the West Coast to the East Coast, I can safely say even most Americans don’t know how differently we live from state to state.”

“Americans don’t even know how Americans live. Every state is like a different country.”

We have a big leftover culture

Americans Have A Leftovers Culture
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Americans have big portion sizes in restaurants because we have a big leftovers culture. While some people will eat their whole meal, it’s completely normal if you don’t, and you’ll be offered a to-go box to take it home. There isn’t really a big expectation to finish your meal at restaurants.”

“Going to restaurants growing up, my parents would always order me a regular adult meal, and the leftovers would be my next two or three meals.”

Biscuits and gravy are delicious

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I watched a tik-tok of Irish high schoolers trying biscuits and gravy for the first time. And watching their reactions go from fear and disgust to heaven and bliss was amazing.”

“I saw some British teens try them, too, and it was the exact same thing. They voiced how they thought it looked vile and like vomit, tried it, and I think all but one were basically gushing over how delicious it was.”

We are actually pretty smart as a nation

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We are actually pretty smart as a nation. The stupid ones are just the loudest and the most annoying.”

“I saw a map on Reddit once that showed what every country leads the world in. For the United States, it said Nobel Prizes and lawnmower deaths. If that is not the most concise summary of the United States, then I don’t know what is.”

Not all American beer tastes like water

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Not all American beer tastes like water. Yes, many big-name domestic beers taste watery, but not all of them. There are also tons of great craft breweries and microbreweries all over the country that make great beer. We also don’t all drink Budweiser. I certainly don’t.”

“I was at a boardgame night at a pub here in England, and a girl smugly ‘joked’ that it must be nice to have a real beer. I was drinking an IPA. She was drinking Carling. Nasty.”

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are good

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Are Great
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When I was bulking up, I used to have a protein shake and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every morning for breakfast, heavy on the peanut butter. It’s fantastically nutritious and really tasty.”

“In the US, a jelly only contains the juice of the fruit, while preserves are made of the entire fruit. Strawberry preserves all the way.”

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