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ENGLAND AND ITS PEOPLE

THE AMERICANS

People often develop stereotypes when they are unable to obtain all the information. Unfortunately, some stereotypes can be offensive. It happens when we gather second-hand information from other sources and get a distorted picture.

Generalizations about nationalities are usually not welcomed, even whenthey are basically accurate. To be able to make fair judgments, we should travel and learn foreign languages, as travel broadens the mind and liberalises ouroutlook. Only then we can find what a country and its people are really like. And it may turn out that foreigners are not so very different from us after all.



Yet, some stereotypes can be favourable and complimentary.

But the fact remains that the world will be a dull place indeed when all the different nationalities behave exactly alike.

American society is composed of people from many social, cultural, ethnic and national backgrounds. This plus the varied geography within the USA creates a culture of such a diversity that itís difficult to generalize American culture.

Americans are said to value individualism quite highly. They strive for individuality and individual rights. They tend to appreciate individual goals and success which can lead to a competitive society. Competition on sporting activities, workplace, social life and even conversation is a natural part of the American culture.

They have a reputation for being hard-working and ambitious people.

Americans are described as outgoing, friendly, hospitable and sociable people. They tend to have many casual acquaintances, but it takes a long time to build a genuine friendship.

There is no denying the fact, that Americans are incurable optimists. They look on the bright side of life and try to hope for the better.

Americans are viewed upon as trend-setters in lifestyle. Things that appeared in the USA soon take hold in Europe.

Americans are famous for their love for new things. They love change and call it ďthe spirit of adventureĒ. Time moves quickly in America and people are constantly on the move. They live according to a schedule and seem to be always in a hurry. Thatís why one can call Americans time-conscious.

But at the same time Americans are often considered to be narrow-minded because they lack knowledge about other countries and people. Another typical feature of Americans is that they are materialistic. Time is money, they say and believe that material possessions are all that matters in life. Sometimes foreigners say that Americans are rude and always speak their mind, if they donít like something.

 

THE BRITISH PEOPLE

People often develop stereotypes when they are unable to obtain all the information. Unfortunately, some stereotypes can be offensive. It happens when we gather second-hand information from other sources and get a distorted picture.

Generalizations about nationalities are usually not welcomed, even whenthey are basically accurate. To be able to make fair judgments, we should travel and learn foreign languages, as travel broadens the mind and liberalises ouroutlook. Only then we can find what a country and its people are really like. And it may turn out that foreigners are not so very different from us after all.



Yet, some stereotypes can be favourable and complimentary.

But the fact remains that the world will be a dull place indeed when all the different nationalities behave exactly alike.

Some of the British national features have been conditioned by the geographical position of GB. The insular position produced an insular spirit among the British who tend to regard their own community as the center of the world. They are self-assured, absolutely confident in their superiority, they have a sense of dignity and no inferiority complex.

The British are considered to be conservative, they love familiar things. They have a sentimental attachment to older times, value symbols of tradition and stability. The traditional love of the British for their homes is another aspect of insularity. ďAn Englishmanís house is his castleĒ, as an English proverb says.

Another typical feature is their reserve and modesty. The British donít like displaying their feelings and emotions, boasting or showing off.

The British are known for toleration of individual differences and even eccentricities.

They have a reputation for being polite and tactful. Some people may say, itís because they are hypocritical, as they might think one thing and say another.

Sometimes the British are called the most illogical people in the world. On the one hand, one of the most striking features of British life is self-discipline of people of all classes. There is little noisy behavior and practically no loud disputing in the street. Queuing is a national passion. On the other hand, foreigners may be shocked by the Englishmanís lack of respect for authority and discipline.

The British are famous for being practical and realistic are often said to have a pessimistic view of life.

 

THE BELARUSSIANS

People often develop stereotypes when they are unable to obtain all the information. Unfortunately, some stereotypes can be offensive. It happens when we gather second-hand information from other sources and get a distorted picture.

Generalizations about nationalities are usually not welcomed, even whenthey are basically accurate. To be able to make fair judgments, we should travel and learn foreign languages, as travel broadens the mind and liberalises ouroutlook. Only then we can find what a country and its people are really like. And it may turn out that foreigners are not so very different from us after all.



Yet, some stereotypes can be favourable and complimentary.

But the fact remains that the world will be a dull place indeed when all the different nationalities behave exactly alike.

The geographical position has conditioned our national characteristics. The international contacts appear to have engendered the most distinctive features of the Belarusian national character Ė tolerance and hospitality. Belarusians have been living in peace with their neighbours for centuries respecting their religion and culture. Being situated at the crossroads of Europe, Belarus witnessed wars and conflicts and it gave its people a certain ďplease yourselfĒ approach: better to part company without fuss than to quarrel. Belarussians, not being aggressive, hostile or warlike, learnt to find compromises. But when called upon to defend their freedom and native land, Belarussians were fighting courageously.

Belarussian have a reputation for being industrious. Not having rich fertile soil, favourable climate and minerals, our people had to work hard to provide for themselves. They are known to be practical,economical people who are wise with money. All this taught our people never to give up and be inventive.

Another typical feature is their modesty. They donít like showing off or boasting. Due to their self-effacing manner they are called the hobbits of Eastern Europe.

Belarussians are said to be well-balanced, self-controlled, calm and tactful people. Being kind-hearted, they are forgiving, very reliable and helpful. One of the distinctive features is that they remain humourists even in adversity. In company Belarussiand tend to be convivial and sociable.

In general, Belarussians are fond of proverbs, marvelous tales of ghosts, prediction and herbal medicine. Poetry reveals their delicate and thoughtful soul.

 

 

ENGLAND AND ITS PEOPLE

England abounds in places which merit a visit. Itís a country with a long and colourful history. Thatís why it draws in millions of tourists every year and is a real Mecca for culture-hunters.

England is packed with historical towns and villages with an atmosphere and character of theirown. Many of them date back to the 11th century. So you donít have to look for history here. The charm and spirit of history still hangs in the air. Magnificent castles, mighty fortresses, medieval churches and cathedrals attest to the glorious past of the country and are worth discovering and exploring.

Besides being a magnet for sightseers, England is an unlimited fund of beauties for nature-lovers. Itís a country of contrasting landscapes. Picturesque, breathtaking in their variety landscapes await you in the north. Itís a peaceful and pastoral region which boasts five national Parks. In the Lake District you will be enchanted by a stunning combination of mountains, lakes and rushing streams that inspired poets, artists and writers. This area is popular with climbers and watersports enthusiasts. Here the visitor will find a treasuryof new beauties.

If you need relaxation, explore the countryside. You will be captivated by idyllic bijou villages, scattered around on valleys and soft rolling hills. Small market towns will award you withenchanting images. Meander along their cooblestone streets, linger near picture-postcard houses, plunge into the atmosphere of the historical and cultural heritage.

If you seek mystery, visit one of the numerous castles that echo many ages and conjure up images of battles and romance.

If your prime interest is culture, museums and galleries are a must on your itinerary. They house outstanding collections of fine and applied arts and exhibits of world historical importance.

This country is a rich tapestry of culture and history. And it is sure to exhaust you before you exhaust its possibilities.

The British people may seem to you aloof and superior, but if you get to know them better, they turn out to be friendly, sociable, polite and humorous.

Many people find themselves in love with England, its scenery and people.

 


Date: 2015-12-11; view: 1958


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