I worked in a position where I dealt with people from England, France and Germany and never found them to be lacking in civility and hospitality in any way. I had a standing invite from a man in France to come stay with his family in Paris should we ever get over there.
Germans can SEEM abrasive sometimes, but they aren't really; when they are working, they are serious about their work. They think you should have expectations of them and they have them of you...
Don't know many Russians... I know a couple of people from Poland and they are always a pleasure to talk with...
I think people are people. I think we have preconceived ideas and then subconsciously apply them.
McCordRm, on 19 November 2012 - 02:21, said:
Point of evidence: Americans get ****ed when they visit a foreign
restaurant, for example, and no-one there speaks English.
You know, the only not-so-good experience I had in another country was in the French District of Montreal at a restaurant... I know, like, 2 words in French... She started talking to me in French and I responded in English and woah baby all hell broke loose!
She gave me the RIOT act (in French, thankfully, so I didn't REALLY know what she was saying, except I know she was furious)... my French-speaking friend who was with me saved me with "Noooo noooooo nooooooooooooooo, AMERICAN!"
Apparently the French vs. English thing is pretty heated in Quebec.