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  • Can You Spot an American? Listening Exercise

    I found this video today on YouTube in which people from around the world are asked if they can “spot” Americans – that is, if they can know someone is from the United States by stereotyping the way they look, act, dress, etc.

    As a American, I find their answers to be pretty funny all around. I think a lot of people around the world have a strong idea of what an American should look like, and how they should act, based on what they’ve learned from media. When I travel, people tend to think I’m from a different country, and are surprised to found out I’m from the U.S.

    Personally, I think that people from my country tend to be very different. It’s a big country with a lot of people, and you’ll find that there are so many different factors – age, ethnicity, location, class, geography – that it’s almost to say what an American is.

    Watch the video below, then see if you can answer a few listening questions.

    Answer the questions in comments and we’ll respond.

    1. What are 5 ways they identify Americans?

    2. Do you think any of these stereotypes are true?

    3. Have you ever seen somebody and known they were American?

    4. Can you identify people from other countries?

    5. What are some stereotypes of people from your home country?

    6. What is the guy at 2:18 talking about?