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Movie: Notting Hill (1999)

A: excuse me

B: yes?

A: bad news.

B: what?

A: we’ve got a security camera in this bit of the shop.

B: so?

A: so I saw you put that book down your trousers

B: what book?

A: the one down your trousers

B: I don’t have a book down my trousers

A: right. I tell you what. Um, I’ll call the police, and, um if I’m wrong about the whole book
down the trousers’ scenario I really apologize.

B: okay. What if, I did have a book down my trousers?

A: well, ideally, when I went back to the desk, you’d remove the Cadogan Guide to Bali from
your trousers and either wipe it and put it back or buy it. I’ll see you in a sec.

The difference is, the westerners speak directly and to the point, they do not like to make
something complicated, they just make it as simple as they can. Like when A said “Um, I’ll call
the police, and, um if I’m wrong about the whole book down the trousers’ scenario I really

Too obsessed with their jobs

Americans work an average of 47 hours a week, one of the highest figures in the world.
Meanwhile, in many European countries, the average is below 40 hours a week, and in Germany
and Sweden, it’s closer to 35. On top of the crazy hours, the United States is the only developed
country in the world that doesn’t guarantee any paid vacation for its workers. And what little
paid leave American employees get, they often feel pressured not to take full advantage of and
this is the reason why Americans as the westerners too obsessed with their jobs

Environmental ignorance

Americans do not tend to appreciate the importance of learning foreign languages, and that
indifference is only increasing. According to a recent report from the Modern Language
Association, college students in the United States are actually studying languages 6.7 percent
less now than they did five years ago. Even enrollments in Spanish, America's second language,
declined 8.2 percent in that period, in Arabic 7.5 percent and in Russian 17.9 percent.
Admittedly, English is in ascendance as the international language of business and trade, but
needless to say, Americans will not get away with waiting for all the world to learn it.

Americans can only speak English

he United States is notoriously monolingual, perhaps more than any other country in the world.

This reality might not hold up to scrutiny: An increasing number of Americans, especially young
ones, are able to communicate in a language other than English. On top of that, the underlying
data might be flawed – the US Census Bureau may not be asking the right questions when it asks
about language proficiency.