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There is a wide variety of nationalities in Keukenhof
It already starts at the bus stop in Leiden
Being a Dutchman in Holland I still feel like a foreigner amongst the South Africans, the Chinese, Japanese, Germans and an odd American.
Most of these foreigners know how to behave themselves. There is just one nation that stands out, in a negative way: the Americans. Americans cannot tolerate silence. They must make a noise, and in a very irritating way too.
VolumeAmericans do not speak, they gnaw at maximum volume. Obviously an American assumes that the whole world is waiting for his crummy little opinion.
Forget it. Other nationalities really know how to think for themselves. Tip for Americans: Speak softly, so only your interlocutor can hear you.
StupidityThe most important subject for an American at school is
to express himself(ufic.ufl.edu/.../americans...). Unfortunately, this education focuses solely on form and volume, not on content. An American has nothing worth telling, does not have an opinion worth sharing.
Test: Would a Dutchman spend $5 to hear your remark? He won't? Then, please shut up!
LanguageAn American does not speak any languages, no foreign languages and not even his own language.
A Dutchman visiting a foreign country will try to speak at least a few words. Not an American. The only sound he manages to produce is his own gnawing American English. It is awful, a continuous flow of soap-show one-liners without any subtlety or intelligence. It really hurts your ears.
Feel an urgent need to express yourself?Especially American readers may feel an urge to express themselves after reading this article.
Well, here is some good news. Cyberspace offers the perfect place to do so: expatica.com/...
|Thanks a lot to Antoinette Coetzee for her translation into Afrikaans.|
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