Inglês Nu E Cru Rádio: 12 - Positive American Stereotypes

Hey Alexia.

Hey Foster.

How are you doing?

I’m fine what about?

I'm doing excellent. Where are we coming from today?

Coming from? 

Yeah, where are we speaking to the audience from?

We are at (…) Island, which is in South Carolina, right next to Charleston.

Excellent. Yeah, you always hear the famous news announcer say like live coming from, coming to you live from New York City. So live from (…) Island coming to you from (...).

OK, perfect. 

(…) So today Alexia, we're going to talk about American stereotypes. So you've been in the U.S. for a little over two months now.

Almost a month. 

So, can I ask you a question: What are some of the stereotypes maybe not things that you believe but when people in Brazil are talking about Americans, what are the common images that come up in people's minds?

That Americans are cold. 

Americans are cold …


… in the sense of it is cold in the U.S. temperature.

No. They are, they're not as friendly as Brazilians are. 

So maybe they're more reserved.

Maybe, yeah.

Yeah, yeah. Do you agree with that?

I think it depends like, with your friends it's really cool always, they are not that reserved with me.

Yeah my friends are really cool. 

But when you are in Brazil at least in Rio you become someone's best friend in just five minutes.


Here it's not like this.

Yeah, I do think there is a little bit of a homer timeframe.


But there's also a completely different paradigm about friendship and what that means.


That is for an entirely different episode. So today we have a list of American stereotypes, some of the most common and I just want to ask you about a couple of them and get your opinion? Is that cool? 

Of course.

OK. So the first one says obesity, that the majority of the world thinks that all Americans are fat, I think statistically that is probably true but what's your opinion are Americans fat, are we eating McDonald's all the time?

No. I think it depends where those Americas live.

Live, perfect. 

I think people from California, who live next to the coast, they are more concerned about their bodies or people who live in Miami or anything else but…

Disclaimer: Alexia has never traveled to California or Miami.

No but I can imagine that and not Miami, I've been there. But we just watched the documentary from Anthony Bourdain, a “food waste”.


Do you remember that part that there is a new like supermarket at fresh market and people who doesn't have enough money…

Who don't.

… who don't have enough money was really, really happy about it because they finally could buy fresh, and good and healthy ingredients and food for themselves besides buying one dollar McDonald’s Cheeseburger?

Right, great. So real quick, people in English is already plural, so this is a big problem for a lot of English learners, it was a big problem for me when I was learning Portuguese because in Brazilian Portuguese and all forms of Portuguese when you say gente is already singular right? So I remember when I started learning Portuguese I’ve said things like a gente são or something like that and people are like: não, não cara, a gente é but in English we always say that people are so they were happy about the new supermarket, perfect. Yeah I agree a lot of people make the argument that the problem of obesity in the U.S. has to do with the cheaper the food is the worse it is for you, in terms of your health.

Yeah and speaking in general and I didn't study about this so, I watched a few documentaries about it and that's it, I do agree with that.

But what's your general feel like to you just walking around in the southeast of the U.S., do you feel like there are a lot more fat people because?


In Rio and São Paulo there are a lot of people that are in shape and there are a lot of fatties. 

No, no, no, I haven't seen obese people around that much as people think that are here.

Yeah, not every American is four hundred pound.

Of course not. 

Yeah I'm getting there but…

No, stop it.

OK, OK. So first stereotype maybe a little bit falls but there's definitely some truth to it as well.



But I think it's false like all Americans are fat or obese.

Yeah, stereotypes inherently have a little bit of truth and a lot of falsities to them, you know.
OK stereotype number two, that Americans are obsessed with guns.

I love that you are smiling in this.

I'm not smiling, I don't like guns.

I hate guns as well but do you know that I would be really mad about it. 

So, when you were here, shortly after you arrived was the largest mass shooting in modern American history and in Las Vegas…


… a crazy guy killed I think fifty nine people, injured and wounded almost five hundred more so there's been a lot of talk in the media and politics about guns, gun control, what's your just general perspective about the Americans you've interacted with, my friends, my family, how do they think about guns compared to the typical Brazilian?

I come from a city that, a country that guns aren't legal at all for civilians, unless you are …


…civilians unless you are from the military or anything like this but in Rio, you can see people carrying guns all around it and it's really scary. Here, in United States, I only saw three people carrying guns, they were sitting down on a restaurants with their rifles and I felt really, really insecure. But I do think that this law won’t change, they won't take off the rights of Americans. 

Take away Alexia.

Take away, yeah, I knew it was wrong … what I can't understand it’s like, taking this guy who killed a lot of people in L.A., and in this month…

Las Vegas.

Yeah, Las Vegas (why did I say L.A., I don’t know) in Las Vegas, he had an arsenal at home, right?

Yeah, he had like thirty military style weapons.

Yeah this should be on his registry on the system, inside the system. 


What I can't understand is like OK, anyone can have whatever they want, can have a gun etcetera etcetera but once you have more than fifty guns inside your house, and this is an odd strange, it's really wrong. 

Yeah, so fifty guns should be the limit.

No, you understand what I …

Yeah. I disagree with all guns but …

Yeah, just to let you know, I do disagree, I don't like it.

Yeah so I had to say ...

There is no control about it, at all.

There's a little bit of control like a little kid can't just legally walk into a Wal-Mart and buy a gun.

No, but a guy, but I white guy, a rich white guy, on his fifty's, sixty's years …

In his fifty's or sixty's.

Yes, can buy more than fifty guns and that's fine.

It's crazy. What about in terms of like my family and friends, what kind of vibe are you getting from just their general attitude, Alexia is not happy with it so let me explain the situation. Most, yeah not most of my friends but a lot of my friends also are kind of very scared of guns, we are all bookish academic people that don't want to deal with guns but I do have a lot of friends from the South, I've a lot of friends that hunt and really support the idea of every American having the opportunity to protect themselves and for example, my parents really respect the idea that every American should have a gun but I think if you talk to them normally you would never think like that all of my parents are radical people that want guns, that's just their way of thinking, right?

Yes and it's not wrong. There's nothing wrong about it as well.

Yeah, agree to disagree, Alexia looks very uncomfortable so we will do one more American stereotype, so far we talk about fat, obesity and guns, let's do one more negative stereotype and then maybe tomorrow we can do some positive stereotypes, OK?


The last stereotype here on the list is that Americans are loud.



No, Brazilians are loud. 

OK, explain yourself.

What do you mean about loud?

So there is this stereotype that when you're traveling that when Americans are traveling in other countries, they're always talking loud, they're being a little noxious, maybe they're drinking a lot and I just have the image of the American like in Paris that doesn't speak French and a Parisian person does not understand them, so they just say the same thing louder like …

No, I think you are, no, this is totally this is a Brazilian.

That’s interesting.

Yes I have an idea. I totally disagree with that.

So let me explain, so most of the world, I'm not saying everyone, most countries in the world view Americans as very loud and very arrogant or noxious people that talk a lot and talk really loud, then most of the world views Brazilians as just like fun, parties, sociable people. 

Yeah, and we are loud. 

It's very interesting that somehow Brazilians managed to do that in a positive way and Americans managed to do it in (…)

No, last summer I was coming back home from United States, I was inside of the airplane of course and there was a group of twenty guys from Minas Gerais, mineiros and for nine hours they couldn't shut up at all so. 

I love mineiros.

Yeah, I love as well, it's my family. But I think that Brazilians are loud and in a good way and in a bad way.

Cool, cool. So, first stereotype Americans are fat kind of true not everybody depends on the situation, Americans love guns, certainly in a different way than Brazilians.


And Americans are loud, you disagree.

I do disagree.

Awesome, anything else you want to add?

No, I'm fine, no more bad things about Americans please.

There certainly are but we will not talk about them (…), next time we'll talk about some positive stereotypes. Até a próxima.