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Old 09-29-2017, 11:41 AM   #1
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Have you ever been mistaken for another nationality?

If so, got any fun story to tell?

It's only happened to me a few times while travelling. usually people don't care where I'm from or just ask me in case they're curious. The most random one I can think of was on a trip me and my family made to Tunisia many many years ago. At the hotel store the guy asked us first if we were from Bulgaria. We said "no" and then he asked us if we were from Yugoslavia(yes, that country still existed at the time). It was rather funny and unexpected.

I also remember being 9 years old or so abroad(in Spain, I think?) and some British kid asking me out of the blue "Are you British?". I shook my head. Then he asked me if I was French, Irish, German or Dutch. I shook my head to every of his question. then he finally asked me "What are you,then?"... and I didn't answer him . That was a funny exchange. Kinda rude of me but I was a shy kid and I wasn't exactly proficient at English yet, as you can possibly imagine

Honestly, it seems to me that I'm a rather generic European looking guy and can blend well anywhere in Europe for the most part. Probably because my family has always made an effort in trying to avoid looking like tourists when we travelled, so that pickpockets wouldn't rob us... in fact it never happened to us while we travelled.

Not really the same thing, but I remember a few of my online friends listening to my voice for the first time and telling me I had a Russian/Slavic sounding accent.

Usually, in online communities people can't really tell where I'm from unless I fill in my location. Probably because my written English is quite good. So people tend to assume I'm American or British unless I say otherwise. That's why I always fill in my location nowadays in order to avoid misunderstandings.

What about you?
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:43 AM   #2
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All the time. Everyone thinks I'm Japanese, or part Asian.
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:45 AM   #3
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All the time. Everyone thinks I'm Japanese, or part Asian.
No offence, but I can see why people would think that. You do look a tad East Asian.
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So I've watched some of April O'Neil's "videos." They were OK, the lesbian massage ones were the best ones. I skimmed through some of the others, but eh.

I've seen better.

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Old 09-29-2017, 11:52 AM   #4
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Just because I'm hispanic people automatically assume I'm Mexican.
And whenever I tell them I'm Salvadorian they go "what's that?".

I've also been mistaken for asian, on account of my slanted eyes. I was acquainted with an asian schoolmate long ago, and some classmates thought we were siblings.

It can be really annoying.
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:55 AM   #5
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Just because I'm hispanic people automatically assume I'm Mexican.
And whenever I tell them I'm Salvadorian they go "what's that?".

I've also been mistaken for asian, on account of my slanted eyes. I was acquainted with an asian schoolmate long ago, and some classmates thought we were siblings.

It can be really annoying.
I don't think it's a big deal unless someone is hostile to you. But getting asked "Where is your country?" sounds pretty annoying, I can imagine.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:27 PM   #6
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I'm a white boy so no.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:28 PM   #7
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Nope. Been mistaken for Orlando Bloom a couple times, if that counts.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:33 PM   #8
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I'm a white boy so no.
That's not a nationality though. You said your ancestors are mostly Russian. Can people usually tell that by looking at you or not really?

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We're in the same boat. I'm Colombian, mostly. One of my biggest pet peeves: people spelling Colombia "Columbia." C'mon. It's not that hard, people.
Never saw people mispelling Colombia as "Columbia". Is that a common mistake made by English speakers or smth? I have seen however people writing Romania as "Rumania" before.
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So I've watched some of April O'Neil's "videos." They were OK, the lesbian massage ones were the best ones. I skimmed through some of the others, but eh.

I've seen better.

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Just because I'm hispanic people automatically assume I'm Mexican.
And whenever I tell them I'm Salvadorian they go "what's that?".

I've also been mistaken for asian, on account of my slanted eyes.
We're in the same boat. I'm Colombian, mostly. One of my biggest pet peeves: people spelling Colombia "Columbia." C'mon. It's not that hard, people.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:38 PM   #10
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I used to get it a lot after I came back from being in the US, I had picked up a little of the accent but I also spent a lot of time with a girl from another country so picked up some of that too.
I think for about 2 years after I got home I was always being asked where I am from or if I am here on a work visa

I was asked if I was Greek 'or something' when I had spent some time in a sunny place and come home tanned.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:51 PM   #11
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I used to get it a lot after I came back from being in the US, I had picked up a little of the accent but I also spent a lot of time with a girl from another country so picked up some of that too.
I think for about 2 years after I got home I was always being asked where I am from or if I am here on a work visa

I was asked if I was Greek 'or something' when I had spent some time in a sunny place and come home tanned.
I think my combination of looks makes it harder for people to relate me to physical appearance stereotypes. I am a 183cm-184cm(6'0 foot) tall guy with brown hair and eyes and pale skin, so I guess that makes me able to blend in rather well in most European countries. it gives me a rather generic appearance.
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I've seen better.
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