I agree with this. OP you seem to be into preaching, which could cause people to dislike you, if you would continously do that to people who are not interested in your religion.
(Original post by SilverArch)
Did your mum and sister go to Northern Ireland? Or the Republic, which isn't the UK
I would expect London to be less friendly than smaller places. That's pretty much how it goes in most places. I went to the US for a week a few years ago - can barely remember it now, but the people in New York were the least friendly of all the people I met, and I'm pretty sure it was because they have so many tourists it's not a novelty of any kind. On the other hand, in a more rural area, people find you fascinating and role out the welcome wagon for you
Depends what you mean by patriotic. If it takes the form of fondness for your home country, support in sporting matches etc, no one should care. If it takes the form of 'my country is so much better than your country' or any superiority thing, then yes you will be made fun of or disliked.
Ditto your faith. I am an atheist, and I think it's fine if you want to go to Church every Sunday and pray before meals. Why would that bother me? On the other hand, if you were to try converting people or preaching to people, you will definitely not be well liked
Okay, there are a few generally xenophobic people everywhere, but don't worry about them. They won't like you, so you stay well out of their way. Most people are nice. By the way, we generally like poking fun at ourselves. If you can laugh at yourself, you'll probably fit in well
(and watch out with your premade ideas about the uk eg. NI is Ireland, I think a lot of people would find it offensive)
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If you want to go and study in the UK then I say you go for it! Most people in university are generally used to people of other nationalities. You'll probably get some ignorant people rolling their eyes and making unfair judgements purely because you're an American but most, like me, are fascinated by America like you're interested in the UK.
The only people who will make fun of you for staying true to where you came from are just stupid, and you don't want to be associated with them anyways. I would look up the area you hope to study though, so you know where you're going and what's acceptable and what's not and that kinda stuff. Plus it's just generally a good idea to know the history so you don't accidentally put your foot in it!
A lot of people generally seem to think that you Americans are ignorant which is annoying as hell, I'm English but it amuses me the way some people seem to think that the sweeping generalisation that Americans are fat and stupid must be true because of what they've seen on the telly...
Can I ask how British people are received in America? I'm not hoping to study there, but I am interested in moving there after I've graduated with my nursing degree and find a job there. Is it hard to get citizenship? What does it involve?
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