Cultural Contrast: Americans Vs. Brits at restaurants
Let’s play a game. See if you can figure out which woman eating at a nice Mediterranean restaurant on the South Bank of London is American and which one is British:
Let’s look at a few more:
Watch each of them eating for a moment and see if you can spot some things that set them apart:
As you’ve probably been able to guess by now, the brunette is American and the blond is British. It’s fascinating to observe how differently they not only chew food, but speak and smile. The American woman has a looseness to her mouth when she is chewing such that sometimes her mouth isn’t even fully closed, while the British woman keeps her mouth closely pressed together not only while she chews, but most of the time she is listening to her dinner date.
In addition, you see that the American woman tends to use much more expressive, wide, and frequently goofy facial movements whereas her British counterpart usually limits herself to delicate, careful gestures, a slight smile and a vague look of interest.
I’m not going to say which approach to restaurant dining is better – both women clearly have their unique personalities and traits. But I will say that it looks like the American is having more fun.
(Transcript – My sister: “Bloggers are a hazard to society. I’ve decided this. That chandelier is starting to look more and more like a translucent octopus.” Me: “Right?” My sister: “Right, look at it!”)
I don’t think that British woman would have had this conversation, whereas the American…well she might have.
For more posts about Europe:
- Carnival in Pau, France: The Bear Hunt
- The Parable of France and the Mediocre Pants
- Prague: Image and Impression
- Random Things About Czech Culture
For more posts about London:
- Snapshot of the week: So many British stereotypes
- Culture Clash: London Ad Rhetoric
- Warning: Be Afraid – London Ad Rhetoric (Part II)
- Bleak streets