It works both ways though, for you'll find plenty of people here who are totally ignorant about the U.S.A. and have some very strange ideas about America. I've found that the people most ready to criticize America (on whatever topic) have never actually been there!
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Can't be repeted to many times...
There is alway this myth about the "other side" being much better or worse at something. Athens vs. Sparta, England vs. France, Europe vs. America. It rarely stands up to closer scrutiny, but both sides have an interest in exaggerating the differences.
Similarities aren't recorded. For example, we know the differences between Sparta and Athens, but not the similarities.
Most of us Europeans don't speak more than two languages, many only one. We've studied one or maybe two more in school, but forgotten almost all of them. Many Americans speak one or more foreign languages. Spanish counts!
People (including myself) are pretty ignorant about the world. I don't see a problem with it, as long as one is aware of it. Unfortunately, people aren't.
I think the following could be asked of anyone, except children.
1.) The ability to place a given country on the right continent. You should now that Laos is in South East Asia, that Paraguay is in South America and that South Dakota is a state in the US.
2.) The recognition that things work differently, but that different doesn't mean wrong.