№275 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 275
It seems that there's one stereotype that refuses to die. At 4p.m. sharp, right across the land, the entire country stops for this age-old ritual of tea, sandwiches and cakes. According to the above-mentioned guide, that is true. I must admit that most British people I know can't get through the day without several cups of tea, but I have never known anyone to make afternoon tea. Not once.
Inspired by this idea I searched the net far and wide to find the most common stereotypes about nationalities.
Generalizations about cultures or nationalities can be a source of pride, anger or simply bad jokes. Some people say that all stereotypes there have some basis in reality, as they don't develop in vacuum.
Such stereotypes mostly concern appearance, language, food, habits, psychological traits, attitudes, values etc.
True cold-blooded scientists warn, that "National character stereotypes are not even exaggerations of real differences: They are fictions."
But why judge, before we know what we are talking about?
Please take everything below with a grain of salt; as I only summed up what others wrote on the Internet. We all know that there are black and white sheep in every herd. I tried to strike a balance between positive and negative national or personality traits - but sometimes it was very difficult, due to lack of positive stereotypes.
It is said that Americans are arrogant; assertive; open-minded; materialistic; ambitious; progressive; efficient; straightforward; practical; fast food eaters; war mongers; God is with us!
It is believed that Australians are nature lovers; surf all day - drink all night; sometimes shallow but honest; open- minded; love to joke; sports lovers; meat eaters.
It is expected that all Brazilians are impulsive; most women are super-models, most men are machos; always late; carnivals addicts; soccer and coffee lovers; criminals and robbers; bean and meat eaters; beach and sun-worshipers; inventive and constructive people; family- and community-oriented.
It is believed that Canadians are submissive, agreeable; modest; open-minded; progressive; efficient; straightforward;