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  • Anyone deal with differant nationalities on a regular basis…………..??
  • Yes.

    French
    German
    Dutch
    Israeli

    so far this week. None of whom seem capable of driving motorhomes without losing wing mirrors.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    anything I say here will be construed as racist by Mr "thought crime police" TJ. But there are certain generalised traits of certain nationalities that certainly come to the fore when you are undertaking international business with them. Is all I will say.

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    stoner 😆

    the 6 desks in my area,

    Me (British)
    Bob – english
    Paul – S.Africa
    Pritam – India
    Jenny – China
    Radhika – no idea, middle east/north africa?

    The next 6,
    english, Venezwela, spannish, austrailian, no idea, no idea

    I could go on, but you get the idea.

    I used to deal with a Spanish supplier of lift doors, I could never get over the "manjana" culture, fine if you live within it but not if you don't.

    Loved dealing with the Turks, who were very professional, the Austrians Hmmmm a bit strange, Germans even more so, but the Italians, what can I say, never on time with deliveries but the best dress sense and wine.

    There you go "national stereotypes are us"

    Stoner hits the nail on the head there!

    Try the Spanish if you want some fun and games! I'm constantly amazed that anything ever gets done in Spain, as they all seem to be constantly having lunch!

    uplink
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    I'm in the satellite trade too but on the broadcast side & get to talk to all sorts of nationalities

    I the last hour I've spoken to New York, Adelaide, Frankfurt & Paris about a news feed they want
    One of them was extremely rude – if TJ wants, he can have the first guess which one it was

    🙂

    mcboo
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    In my office

    Turkish
    German
    English
    Spanish
    English
    Scots (moi)
    English
    Italian
    Spanish
    Spanish
    French
    Norwegian
    English
    Swiss

    All decent, Turkish my favourite folk this year.

    Mind you we get referred to as "monkey island"

    mrsflash
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    Yep, French, Belgians, Dutch and Germans. All v nice people, but the working culture is quite different.

    mcboo
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    Whichever nationality TJ is I'm going generalise are a bunch of whining patronising supercilious choppers.

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    F*** it why should I have to self censor myself because of that overinflated self conscience TJ?

    In order of difficulty/borderline illegality:

    Nigerians (if its not nailed down, they'll have it away)
    Russians (no you cant ask where the money has come from)
    Middle-eastern (undeclared, cash in hand, off the books, my brother in Iraq etc etc)

    G
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    I routinely deal with the following and have listed the opinions I have formed of them :-

    Chinese : Will bodge a solution rather than resolve a problem. Worst two words you can hear = No Problem!
    Russian : Stern and formal and like a drink……. a lot!
    French : Decent folk, but its a bit like dealing with a nationalised industry contantly.
    Belgian : No real issues, pretty relaxed about most things.
    Dutch : Good fun, so laid back that there is chance of falling over.
    Italian : Bit loud and a bit bombastic, but great people once you stand up to it.
    South African : Dour and quite agressive, bit behind the times.

    If thats racial stereotyping then so be it, but those are in generality the things I've routinely come up against.

    stealthcat
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    Major nationalities in our office are German, English and Polish. World War 3 is usually about to break out, especially when you add in the fact that the easy way to get promoted is to be male and speak fluent German. Competence is not required…

    Add in some Dutch, Sri Lankans and Madagascans, and there's a lot of potential for creative (and destructive!) misunderstandings.

    willard
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    Let me see…

    In the office we have French, Italian, Polish, Chinese, Indian, Brits, Dutch and a Canadian, all of whom are very nice, highly professional and approachable.

    Day to day I deal with Americans, Indians, Aussies and Kiwis to name but a few.

    The yanks are, for the most part good people. Some of the guys in our other offices are a bit strange, but they are dependable and can do what they do well.

    The Indians are, for the most part, highly professional and well motivated. Dealing with them is sometimes a pleasure, sometimes not, but that's the way of the world.

    The aussies are a bit odd, but I think that's because they are such a long way away from us. Same with the Kiwis, although both sorts are very good to go out drinking with and the ones I know are good at their jobs.

    I know a couple of South Africans, and they are another bunch of hard workers. They just play harder than most afterwards.

    I think I spend most of my time either taking the pi$$ out of my US colleague or the French guy I work with. The fact that he takes the pi$$ right back shows that people are wrong when they thing they have no sense of humour.

    jova54
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    Place I used to work had/has the following;

    Indian
    Zimbabwean
    South African
    Polish
    Latvian
    Russian
    Hungarian
    Slovakian
    Czech
    Malaysian
    Chinese
    Welsh
    Irish (north & south)
    Thai
    Kenyan
    Ugandan
    Scottish
    British (English)
    Phillipino
    Australian

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    working in the satellite trade we get a lot of differant nationalities coming in the shop wanting to get a system to get their desired channels/satalitte.
    today so far
    russian
    iraqi
    iranian
    croatian
    turkish
    french
    morroccan
    and a dodgy looking bloke saying he was wanting to learn dutch via satellite (never heared that one before.)

    now the thing is some of these blokes are a right pain in the bum.
    barter, barter, barter……..no v.a.t………..
    they make my head hurt…… 😀

    anyone else deal with a mixture of nationalities???????

    Where TF do you lot work to have such a variety of nationalities?!

    Milkie
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    I didn't think I dealt with many on a weekly basis, until I listed them. Usually communicate over telephone, email, skype/msn.

    American, Canadian, S.African, Chinese, Indian, Zealon?(New Zealand), Australian, Arabian, Israeli, Chilian, Brazilian, most European countries, and a few other countries dotted around.

    I find with each country you get some that you like, and others that are a bunch of ****s.

    The one that stands out for me is the Chinese.. We'd been dealing with a company in China for a couple of months, so we decided to invite them over. The MD and manager came over, the MD was 60ish, couldn't speak any English, the Manager was about 30 and his English was perfect.
    Cut a long story short… Old guy hadn't shown a smile all day. When we walked into the bar after eating and saw the Karaoke… Well his face lit up, and this old chinese man was like a kid in a sweet shop.. Up he went singing all the songs, in English. Had a great time, best time I've had with a Client (no its not, the Canadian's took me to a strip club, that was the best :D). I swear it was like a scene from a film.

    I deal with a range of nationalities on a regular basis, this week Malaysian, Chinese and German.

    I have worked for French, American and Iraqi companies, I have especially learnt to never, ever use English phrases like "run of the mill", "it gets my goat", "hard cheese" etc. as having to explain what it means is like pulling teeth at times.

    Polish, English, Welsh, Irish, SA, Aussie, Pakistani, Indian, Sri lankan, Bangladeshi, Egiptian. Others come less often, maybe weekly.

    We have a guy from Epsom in here, can hardly understand a word he says. Should be made to learn the language before he comes oop north. 😆

    We do, however, deal globally and on the whole most folks are pretty decent if treated properly. Think we have encountered most of the above and it just makes us chuckle.

    markd
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    umm there is a bit oof unwarrantied TJ bashing here – i cant see him actually posting either unless i am being a bit blind.

    A tad off i would say.
    Kinda like internet bullying really – the man has views on things, if you don't like them then fine. He will happily discuss anything in the pub and never once lose his temper and i always willing to listen to others opinions.

    Just sticking up for him seeing as he is not here.

    tails
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    ha some of these traits are so very true still where thought of as lager louts. And TJ seems like a decent enough chap and seems to think before he speaks.

    Still alot of these traits are just because they are from another country nothing wrong with the way either nation does it.

    take this

    Chinese : Will bodge a solution rather than resolve a problem. Worst two words you can hear = No Problem!

    you wouldn't call the olympic stadium a bodge, but they often build seats etc on the spot in a slap dash method or they will say add a cushion to a broken stool tie it with string bring it back to life.

    roper
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    "I used to deal with a Spanish supplier of lift doors, I could never get over the "manjana" culture"
    I think you mean Rasta supplier.
    😉

    Chinese, Never understand…never listen…
    Czechs, usually as above…
    Spanish, nice people…
    Americans.. always so damn cheerful…

    and I work with a few Polish… good fun. Nice people.. except Mondays when weekends Vodka is still in their systems…

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    i would like to work with a load of eastern european women…………………………………………. 😉

    markd – Member
    umm there is a bit oof unwarrantied TJ bashing here

    I agree, there's no warranty on that bashing, but it is entirely warranted….! 😉

    TooTall
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    I worked for a couple of years with 32 different nationalities on the same site. Challenging and interesting to see so many stereotypes confirmed.

    I work in the European IT department of a big multinational.

    We look after UK (4 sites), France (up to 8 sites, although they do have some IT people of their own), Czech Republic, Poland; some dealings with Ireland; Hungary coming soon. Ukraine & Romania maybe later. Israel & Turkey have their own people.

    we get our corporate stuff from Tampa, FL. They look after USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile

    In 9 years I have been to all our UK sites, and once to Normandy.

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    Until recently I worked with a huge amount of nationalities

    …unfortunately for them I was removing them

    aP
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    In my office we have a few nationalities:
    German: correct, thoughtful, very competent, surprising sense of humour
    Italian: shrug a lot when asked difficult questions, not very interested in detail
    Polish: can be a bit like having an argument with a room full of people (when there's only one of them)
    French: shrug a lot
    Danish: mad as a fish
    Norwegian: prepared to deal with anything
    Spanish: not prepared to say that they don't understand what you asked them to do, usually bugger off before you've realised what a complete mess they've made of things
    Portugese: not prepared to say that they don't understand what you've asked them to do, but once you've realised that and get them to admit it then things go so much better
    Welsh: hard working, tendency towards getting a bit chippy
    Indian: either very competent and hard working, or very, very lazy
    Kiwi: if they're good then you will never tire of being told exactly quite how good they are
    Australian: apparently quite hard working, but soon you'll discover that they really know better than you when you find that they've not done what you've asked them to do because they know better than you
    Saffa's: if they've just come over here then you'll surprised to be told one day that there's "lots of furriners in Lundun, yah?"

    grynch
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    I'm american.. I^m married to a brit… and I work for the UN… (in a Japanese section ) how many nationalities you want?

    Chinese : Will bodge a solution rather than resolve a problem. Worst two words you can hear = No Problem!

    Very true!

    Same answer to every question. Sometimes there's a killer pause that you've got to listen for though.

    Q – Will the tooling be ready on time?

    A – No problem.
    or
    A – No…. Problem!!!!

    Australians in London –
    "If I was back home, I'd be on the beach…."
    "If I was back home, the weather would be better…"
    "If I was back home, I'd….."
    etc etc etc, ad infinitum

    Well, if it's that much better "back home", might I suggest you f*** off back there? After all, we don't need you to work in our bars any more, the Poles are far better at it than you lot ever were!

    😉

    hughjengin
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    Yes personally :-
    Kuwaiti,
    Saudi,
    UAE,
    Indian,
    Turkmenistani,
    Azerbaijani,
    Israeli,
    Qatari,
    Greek (theme of the week)
    French,
    Dutch,
    Kazakhs,
    Norweigans,
    Indonesians,
    Chinese,
    Irish,
    Jordanian
    Egyptians

    etc etc etc

    And do you know the most bemusing of my customers are, you know the ones that you feel most culturally different from, indeed the ones that you'll never truly get or understand……………………….

    Americans

    I Kid you not !

    grynch
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    no kiddin?

    hughjengin
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    No, no please dont misread or get me wrong, I travel a lot and meet most of the people from the nationalities I mentioned above personally and not via Email or on the phone, I am very fond and respectful of all my American friends, but there is no doubt (from both sides, not just from my British perspective, that whilst we get on famously, we really are very different) thats what makes for a bloody good night out !

    Amos
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    Travelled with Williams on the race team for a couple of years and we have a varying amount of european workers at the factory (my boss is french and in his case all french stereotypes applicable!) Having spent time in alot of places we are all very very similar when you get out with the locals from anywhere in humour I mean, except the rest of the world is decidedly more racist than the UK IMO!! The Spanish and Chinese are terrible! I found it highly amusing that we are so sensored with our opinions yet most cultures don't give a rats ass and just tell it how it is. My mother in law is Chinese Malay and her rants about "bloody imagrants" are brilliant (she clearly isn't a imigrant in her opinion)

    Gary_C
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    On a daily basis in my job:

    Polish
    Iranian
    Iraqi
    Lithuanian
    Romanian
    Pakistani
    Indian
    Turkish

    (Oh,& not forgetting English,Welsh,Scots,& Irish!)

    Out of all the above,only one nationality is a right pain in the @rse to deal with.

    samuri
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    on a daily basis for me.

    Indian
    American
    Canadian
    South African

    Less often we talk to quite a few Israeli's (the paranoid bastards make quite a lot of world leading security products), some Australians and some Spanish.

    Rarely we deal with some French and I always try to speak as much French as I can, I'm very rusty and don't get there enough to practise as much as I'd like and I'm always keen to talk in French but they always speak such good English it always reverts to that. Perhaps they get bored with my continual attempts to converse at the same level as a 5 year old french child.

    edit: oh, we also deal with germans but they're ordered to only talk in english so despite my attempts to enage them at a 3 year old german child level, they formally ignore it and talk to me in english. The job description says english so ve vill talk in english.

    druidh
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    Lots of schools are now dropping German as a language as there's simply no need for it. An increasing number of Germans are now adopting the Dutch approach of conversing in English amongst themselves.

    mcboo – Member

    Whichever nationality TJ is I'm going generalise are a bunch of whining patronising supercilious choppers.

    That will be the English then as proven on this thread. Nowt the English like so much as a good whinge if they think anyone is interfering in their god given right to sneer at others.

    Some of you guys so miss the point it simply is not true.

    I think the phrase is "doth protest too much"

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    hahahahaha 'LOLZ'

    samuri
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    Lots of schools are now dropping German as a language as there's simply no need for it. An increasing number of Germans are now adopting the Dutch approach of conversing in English amongst themselves.

    I think that's shocking. German is a great language and a lot like English. It should be adopted as the international language for getting things done.

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