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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #1081
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Old November 25th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #1082
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Old November 25th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #1083
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Holy shit. Well, at least she knew that Turkey and France exist. In the plane from Spokane to Salt Lake City I was sitting next to a man who thought that the Netherlands was situated in the Alps, and he was quite surprised to hear that I live 4 metres below sea level
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I just love the kid's "OMG"-expression on his face.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 11:07 PM   #1086
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Nah, we Europeans like to say American's don't know European countries, I'm pretty sure most Europeans can't name all the US states, let alone place them somewhat correct on a map or name their capitals.
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However, I don't think that many Europeans think that the USA consist of 50 different countries. Furthermore, most European youth can point out where Europe is on a blank world map. Lots of American youth can't even point out the USA on a blank world map. I'm not saying this is American stupidness, because in order to cut costs, schools skipped geography lessons. They just didn't learn it. But the girl in the video is really, as we Dutch would say, "een dom blondje" (a dumb blondie)
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Nobody expects Americans to know the German Bundesländer for example . But I have heared of all American countries Anyway naming the capitals of the US states is difficult because they are usually not the most important or biggest cities in the state (like Albany instead of New York in NY, or Austin instead of Dallas in TX).
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Old November 25th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #1089
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A while ago, there was some program on Dutch TV, I don't know it's name, but they asked Dutch holiday-makers where they actually were on vacation. A lot of people pointed a location on the map that was easily hundreds, if not thousands kilometers off. Like pointing to Croatia or Austria when they were on the Spanish coast.

My brother (19) also doesn't know squat about topography. He thinks a major city "Apeldoorn" is north of our hometown (it's south actually) etc.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 11:24 PM   #1090
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It's quite important to know the topography of your own country IMO. You should give your brother some extra lessons, Chris

@BND: I don't think that many in my class can name all the Bundesländer (I can, but I'm crazy ), but the Bundesländer in Germany are not the importance of a US state. When someone in Germany asks you where you're from, you usually name the city, not the province (if you're German, of course). In America you always name the state. Just when you're from a really big city you name the city (that's my experience anyway).

And about the state capitals: most capitals are in the centre of a state, which is not always the biggest city.
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That's because German cities are usually more varied, so even when you are within one Land, you'll find huge differences within a few dozen kms. Not the case somehere in Texas. Moreover, many American cities, towns, settlements share names.

Politically, there is hardly any difference between an American state and a German (or Austrian, for that matter) Bundesland - they've got their own legislation and send delegations to the federal capital.
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So hard to realise that not all of the people are map-worms like me For example I look weird at people who don't know that Hamburg or Bremen are Bundesländer themselves since it is obvious that they are
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Me too. I had straight A's on topography Even when the rest of the class had D's, I managed to get A's

However, they've tricked me once by asking where the river Brahmaputra was. I didn't have to learn it, and did I know where the Brahmaputra flowed when I was 11
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I recognize all this I also used to have A's in topography tests.

@Bahnsteig4: the US states have much more indepence then German or Austrian Bundesländer. Every US state can, for example, have their own speed limit. Also other laws are very different, they can even differ from city to city and town to town.
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Me too, but just say A's to make it easier for everyone over here
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Nah, we Europeans like to say American's don't know European countries, I'm pretty sure most Europeans can't name all the US states, let alone place them somewhat correct on a map or name their capitals.
USA is one country, and known more than 50 states that are not internationally present is off course hard. But you can not compare USA states and independent countries of Europe. One more reason why american should know coz they all come from somewhere and mostly that somewhere is Europe.
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I think that when Europeans see a blank map of Europe, they cannot point out half the amount of European countries. I can understand why Americans don't know all European countries. A lot of European countries are smaller than the smallest American states. For instance, there are counties that are larger than the Netherlands.
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The Yukon-Koyukuk borough in Alaska is as big as Germany
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