Do you think foreign students are cool?

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#1 Posted by slipknot0129 (5477 posts) -

Do you think foreign students are cool?

I just started a Intro to Economics class at college and everyone in it is from Denmark. I'm the only one in it that is from America. I thought at least 1 or 2 more people from America would be in the class. I think its cool though.

Its cool to hear how they talk and what is different over there.

#2 Edited by CyberLips (1227 posts) -

I think they're interesting. It's always nice to learn how people live in other countries. :)

#3 Edited by johnd13 (7359 posts) -

I think they're interesting. It's always nice to learn how people live in other countries. :)

Yeah I agree.

Foreign students on their own are not cool. I could be one of them one day and I don't consider myself cool in any way. :P

#4 Posted by themajormayor (25270 posts) -

Yes I'm cool.

#5 Posted by toast_burner (20671 posts) -

Well all my friends from uni were foreign. Quite bad since they all had to leave when their course ended.

#6 Edited by hippiesanta (9288 posts) -

#7 Posted by thegerg (12993 posts) -

Some of them are, others aren't. They're just people, you know that right?

#8 Posted by LJS9502_basic (148585 posts) -

Not especially......varies by individual.

#9 Posted by Pirate700 (46422 posts) -

Not really, no. Nothing against them either though.

#10 Posted by LJS9502_basic (148585 posts) -

Not really, no. Nothing against them either though.

Sigs are back....yay!

#11 Posted by l34052 (2980 posts) -

I like meeting foreign people, its interesting hearing about different cultures and how despite the often huge distances people are still people and there are some things that are the same despite any cultural differences.

#12 Edited by comp_atkins (30767 posts) -

they were cool at my school in the fact that they generally had to pay full tuition to attend, which allowed poor folk like myself to get lots of grant money to attend.

#13 Posted by MlauTheDaft (2739 posts) -

Where are you syudying? I happen to be danish and we're not a particularly sympathetic bunch tbh ;)

#14 Edited by LJS9502_basic (148585 posts) -

@MlauTheDaft said:

Where are you syudying? I happen to be danish and we're not a particularly sympathetic bunch tbh ;)

Are Danishs Danish more importantly....

#15 Posted by megagene (22887 posts) -

The cool ones are.

#16 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

From my experiences some are definitely cool. While others can be complete bags of douche.

#17 Edited by 3eyedrazorback (16368 posts) -

If I could befriend some of the European ones I would. Love some of those cultures.

#18 Posted by MlauTheDaft (2739 posts) -
#19 Posted by LJS9502_basic (148585 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic:

What?

Yes, danes are danish, but we're not pastry.

LOL I was asking if the pastry was really Danish....or just the name.

#20 Posted by MlauTheDaft (2739 posts) -

@MlauTheDaft said:

@LJS9502_basic:

What?

Yes, danes are danish, but we're not pastry.

LOL I was asking if the pastry was really Danish....or just the name.

No clue, sorry mate ;)

We do like pastry, so it might just originate from us... OR the germans :)

#21 Posted by Blueresident87 (5149 posts) -

Exclusively because they're foreign students? No

#22 Posted by redstorm72 (4490 posts) -

They're just people with funny accents, so no.

#23 Posted by lightleggy (15778 posts) -

@slipknot0129: Why do people get this belief that being from a certain country will suddenly turn you into one special apple?

#24 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

Accents bother me so much I refuse having a professors who isn't American(White/Black).

I'm pretty dumb and in under 5 years I became 100% fluent in Spanish with no accent - how do they live in America for 2+ years, but can't use basic phrases?

#25 Posted by Chicken453 (2035 posts) -
#26 Posted by BranKetra (46537 posts) -

It really depends on the person.

#27 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@Fightingfan: Mate you just went full retard :(

You shouldn't make fun of a potential mental disorder I may have - gonna have to report you now : (

Kidding, I ain't no girl dog.

#28 Posted by michael_1234576 (8620 posts) -

I've met some really easy foreign students

#29 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

I've met some really easy foreign students

Someone's been naughty, and not nice?

#30 Edited by michael_1234576 (8620 posts) -

Someone's been naughty, and not nice?

ehh when you don't really speak the same language you have to be a bit more physical to make your intentions known

#31 Posted by slipknot0129 (5477 posts) -

@MlauTheDaft: At Seminole State in Oklahoma. About 18 people from Denmark came over to the college.

#32 Edited by LexLas (4132 posts) -

Most definitely, wouldn't you want them to say your cool if you went to some other country ?

#33 Posted by Neoklondiak (392 posts) -

The rich and spoiled ones (often from China) are always fun.

#34 Edited by hippiesanta (9288 posts) -

The rich and spoiled ones (often from China) are always fun.

you must having fun dissing their accent right...

#35 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13454 posts) -

Drugs make you cool.

#36 Posted by Stesilaus (3271 posts) -

Auslander raus aus Amerika!

:P

#37 Posted by Shottayouth13- (6593 posts) -

I won't just like them because they're foreign, unless it's a girl with a really sexy accent.

#38 Edited by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

Didn't really have any foreign students when I was in school, expect for some Brit.

No, I didn't think he was cool. Everyone else in the school seemed to think so though. Probably because of his accent. To be honest, I actually thought he was pretty annoying. Sort of a jerk, too.

#39 Posted by sukraj (20600 posts) -

It depends on the indiviual

#40 Posted by Ravenous_Joker (30 posts) -

I find them to be like everyone else.

#41 Posted by PernicioEnigma (5268 posts) -

Not if they're from Asia.

#42 Edited by cain006 (8625 posts) -

I was actually friends with a foreign exchange student from Japan in high school. He worked his ass off and went to cram school or something on saturday. Super nice guy too.

#43 Edited by lightleggy (15778 posts) -

@Fightingfan: You cant be 100% fluent with a language if you dont have the respective accent for it.

Accents exists because they help you vocalize a lot of words. If you dont got the accent then you're either going to pronounce the word in a really stupid way or you are going to get stuck halfway and wont say anything cohererent.

Try speaking french without accent, you won't even be able to vocalize half of the consonants.

#44 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@lightleggy said:

@Fightingfan: You cant be 100% fluent with a language if you dont have the respective accent for it.

Accents exists because they help you vocalize a lot of words. If you dont got the accent then you're either going to pronounce the word in a really stupid way or you are going to get stuck halfway and wont say anything cohererent.

Try speaking french without accent, you won't even be able to vocalize half of the consonants.

Spanish has multiple accents/dialects. I mean't when I speak Spanish no one would think I was American if it wasn't for my skin color. Americans/white people have a certain lisp (might not be the right word) when speaking Spanish, and it's almost impossible for them to get rid of.

Hell, I get funny looks when speaking Spanish because my vernacular is above those that natively speak it, and it's proper - the Spanish dialect, not the Hispanic variants.

I could probably pull of being Cuban, or Spanish. I also speak French, and yes it's broken, but I've never lived in the country - I'm sure if you threw me in France it would be gone within a few years.

#45 Edited by lightleggy (15778 posts) -

@Fightingfan said:

@lightleggy said:

@Fightingfan: You cant be 100% fluent with a language if you dont have the respective accent for it.

Accents exists because they help you vocalize a lot of words. If you dont got the accent then you're either going to pronounce the word in a really stupid way or you are going to get stuck halfway and wont say anything cohererent.

Try speaking french without accent, you won't even be able to vocalize half of the consonants.

Spanish has multiple accents/dialects. I mean't when I speak Spanish no one would think I was American if it wasn't for my skin color. Americans/white people have a certain lisp (might not be the right word) when speaking Spanish, and it's almost impossible for them to get rid of.

Hell, I get funny looks when speaking Spanish because my vernacular is above those that natively speak it, and it's proper - the Spanish dialect, not the Hispanic variants.

I could probably pull of being Cuban, or Spanish. I also speak French, and yes it's broken, but I've never lived in the country - I'm sure if you threw me in France it would be gone within a few years.

Yes but you still need the accent to vocalize even if they change, every spanish accent/dialect is different, I am from Costa Rica and it's extremely hard for me to understand an Argentian, we both speak spanish but our accents are so vastly different, the vocalization sounds like a completely different language.

Costa Rica and Mexico are the only 2 latin american spanish speaking countries that don't share accent with any other. Every other spanish accent is spoken in at least 2 countries. Which leads to some horrible missunderstandings when trying to speak to a person from one of these countries.

Anyway, my point is, you need to have an accent to be 100% fluid with the language, you may not notice one but you have it, the fact that you don't have the "lisp" that other Americans have when speaking actually means that you have a spanish accent, even if it's not perfect.

#46 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@Fightingfan said:

@lightleggy said:

@Fightingfan: You cant be 100% fluent with a language if you dont have the respective accent for it.

Accents exists because they help you vocalize a lot of words. If you dont got the accent then you're either going to pronounce the word in a really stupid way or you are going to get stuck halfway and wont say anything cohererent.

Try speaking french without accent, you won't even be able to vocalize half of the consonants.

Spanish has multiple accents/dialects. I mean't when I speak Spanish no one would think I was American if it wasn't for my skin color. Americans/white people have a certain lisp (might not be the right word) when speaking Spanish, and it's almost impossible for them to get rid of.

Hell, I get funny looks when speaking Spanish because my vernacular is above those that natively speak it, and it's proper - the Spanish dialect, not the Hispanic variants.

I could probably pull of being Cuban, or Spanish. I also speak French, and yes it's broken, but I've never lived in the country - I'm sure if you threw me in France it would be gone within a few years.

Yes but you still need the accent to vocalize even if they change, every spanish accent/dialect is different, I am from Costa Rica and it's extremely hard for me to understand an Argentian, we both speak spanish but our accents are so vastly different, the vocalization sounds like a completely different language.

Costa Rica and Mexico are the only 2 latin american spanish speaking countries that don't share accent with any other. Every other spanish accent is spoken in at least 2 countries. Which leads to some horrible missunderstandings when trying to speak to a person from one of these countries.

Anyway, my point is, you need to have an accent to be 100% fluid with the language, you may not notice one but you have it, the fact that you don't have the "lisp" that other Americans have when speaking actually means that you have a spanish accent, even if it's not perfect.

I meant your accent being visible when speaking the other language.

When I speak English there's no evidence of my Spanish language, and vice versa.

#47 Posted by lightleggy (15778 posts) -

@lightleggy said:

@Fightingfan said:

@lightleggy said:

@Fightingfan: You cant be 100% fluent with a language if you dont have the respective accent for it.

Accents exists because they help you vocalize a lot of words. If you dont got the accent then you're either going to pronounce the word in a really stupid way or you are going to get stuck halfway and wont say anything cohererent.

Try speaking french without accent, you won't even be able to vocalize half of the consonants.

Spanish has multiple accents/dialects. I mean't when I speak Spanish no one would think I was American if it wasn't for my skin color. Americans/white people have a certain lisp (might not be the right word) when speaking Spanish, and it's almost impossible for them to get rid of.

Hell, I get funny looks when speaking Spanish because my vernacular is above those that natively speak it, and it's proper - the Spanish dialect, not the Hispanic variants.

I could probably pull of being Cuban, or Spanish. I also speak French, and yes it's broken, but I've never lived in the country - I'm sure if you threw me in France it would be gone within a few years.

Yes but you still need the accent to vocalize even if they change, every spanish accent/dialect is different, I am from Costa Rica and it's extremely hard for me to understand an Argentian, we both speak spanish but our accents are so vastly different, the vocalization sounds like a completely different language.

Costa Rica and Mexico are the only 2 latin american spanish speaking countries that don't share accent with any other. Every other spanish accent is spoken in at least 2 countries. Which leads to some horrible missunderstandings when trying to speak to a person from one of these countries.

Anyway, my point is, you need to have an accent to be 100% fluid with the language, you may not notice one but you have it, the fact that you don't have the "lisp" that other Americans have when speaking actually means that you have a spanish accent, even if it's not perfect.

I meant your accent being visible when speaking the other language.

When I speak English there's no evidence of my Spanish language, and vice versa.

Ahh, now I understand.

I thought you were saying you had absolutely no accent while speaking spanish, which would have been pretty weird.

#48 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4724 posts) -

They're fascinating... for the most part. Always loved observing how they fit into the Western PA norm.

Despite living in a VERY rural area (my neighbors are amish), my school saw many exchange students. 2 Belgians, a Canadian, 4 Japanese kids, a kid from Israel (he was muslim, strangely), a Greek, and a German.

The Belgians were just normal. If they didn't have accents, never would have guessed they weren't from around here. They were rural kids, brothers, and assimilated instantly. They even picked up on the local dialect after a few weeks.

The German girl came in when I was a Junior and was your Hollywood style supermodel-type Aryan chick. Yeah, she was hot. Yeah, everyone loved her BECAUSE she was German and hot. I personally thought she was a bit of a douche, but I never talked to her until the holidays. She ended up becoming good friends with my cousin and showed up to a family party we were having for Christmas a few days before she went home to celebrate Christmas with her family. Turned out she was huge into Pokemon and we spent an hour or 2 talking about our favorite gens and pokemon before she left. She was alright once I found some common ground.

The Canadian was just odd. Best way I can describe him is just he was... REALLY proud to be Canadian and REALLY excited to show other kids what that meant. Got along with him just fine because he loved hockey.

The Japanese kids were all students from the same school who came over to study English as part of a 6 week program, though they could speak it pretty fluently if you asked me. All of them were from Tokyo and had never really left the city before, so being in a rural school district in the most remote part of my county, surrounded by kids who spend their free time working on farms and care for little else, with the closest large town being 15 miles away, they were REALLY out of their element. One of them was staying with a family of mine a mile up the road, so she rode my bus everyday. She was hysterical about the cornfields, wanted to take pictures of all of the farm animals, and fell in love with our accents. Being from my area, we have a slight variation of the Appalachian accent most of you might know as Pittsburghese. We used words they had never heard before and sounded not too far off from the people in the movie "Deliverance". They were just fascinated with every little bit of our lives in the area. A friend of mine owns a llama farm just down the road from me, and the girl would show up every few days to pet, feed, and take pictures of and with the llamas. She didn't expect to see animals like that in our area, so he was unsurprising ecstatic. They were a blast to have around and everyone felt bad when they had to leave.

The Israeli kid took some flak his first few days when people found out he was muslim, but that died down and he just went about with his business. He wasn't in any of my classes, so I never got to talk with him.

The Greek kid came in when I was in 2nd grade. His family had initially moved here when his dad got a job over here, but they moved to Cleveland after a few months. I don't remember too much about him, but we thought he was awesome simply because he had an awesome accent. From what I remember, he was a pretty ok kid.

#49 Posted by lamprey263 (21028 posts) -

I had a friend whose mom used to host foreign students who went to the nearby community college, there were some amusing encounters, for instance one night the Japanese guy went out with his friends to the strip club and came back with huge shit eating grins on their faces.