Non-Americans Share Some Of The Things They Think Are Good About The US (9 pics + 2 gifs)

Posted in INTERESTING       2 Jul 2020       3612       12

My fellow Americans, it's safe to say our country has MORE THAN A FEW problems. Sometimes, it's easy to forget that there are actually things we do well.

So this week, a Reddit thread asked users: "Non-Americans of Reddit, what are the positives of America that you see?"

1. "How accommodating many places are to disabled people, especially for people in wheelchairs. There are often ramps and large disabled parking spaces, not to mention that there is an entire amusement park for people in wheelchairs in San Antonio!"

misssplunker

 

 

2. "You guys invest a lot in entertainment. The shows in my country suck."

 —Hulton-Sama

 

 

3. "Big living spaces. I live in Hong Kong and our average flat sizes are around 300 to 500 square feet. If you are in a flat that's over 1,000 square feet, that's considered super luxurious."

—TheFakeMercy

 

 

4. "Cheaper housing for huge houses. We could get a villa in Florida for the same price as a semi-detached three-bedroom house in the UK."

—Lrralw

 

 

 

5. "People there are really nice and talkative. Here you don't ask where tourists are from or begin a conversation just randomly while in a grocery store. Was a bit confused by you guys saying 'How are you?' as a greeting, though. I knew you did this, but still, it caught me off guard."

—no_unknown

 

 

6. "They make a lot of great music. I'm sort of a metalhead and my country doesn't have any rock bands."

—Chaos_Primordial

 

 

7. "You can right turn on red lights."

—dumbleydore94

 

 

 

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8. "Hospitality and kindness. On my travels in America, I found the majority of Americans to be kind, keen to help, and lovely to spend time with."

—sapphobear

 

 

9. "Safety in rural areas. Our dream is to buy a farm and live peacefully, but where I live, it's so dangerous it's unreal. When I see movies or programs about people living on ranches or farms in some town in the US, it looks amazing. We could never."

—2_kids_no_more

 

 

10. "Free refills at restaurants. Still amazed."

—mushroomoose

 

 

 

11. "The country has everything! You want mountains, you got it! You want forest, you got it! You want beaches, you got it! You want huge cities, you got it! In Europe, you have to go from country to country to achieve this."

—Theholynun

 

 

12. "You have a large, well-educated population, a dynamic economy, a professional civil service, and arguably the most favorable geographic position among all countries today. You also have a culture of liberty which, although facing challenges, is a potent inoculation against totalitarians."

—krisp-lisp

 

 

13. "NASA."

—edeq_10

 

 

 

14. "Zip codes have only numbers — easier to remember than postal codes. And all telephone numbers throughout the country have exactly the same number of digits."

—john_wb

 

 

15. "Optimism. Even with the ridiculous political situation, Americans are naturally optimistic."

—aussiegreenie

 

 

16. "My country never would have thought of replacing the bread in a KFC chicken sandwich with TWO PIECES OF CHICKEN. Genius. Keep 'em coming."

—ivENyMantibLEPtaISti



17. "The diversity is wonderful, in its people, culture, food, architecture, and nature."

MallenStreak97

 

 

18. "I have to say Americans are very talkative and they do like to socialize a lot. They love to get together a lot and meet up. There are lots of places to have fun and hang out, like arcades, bowling alleys, bars... it’s just not something people really do where I live."

—asolidfiver

 

 

19. "The best food I have seen in 35 different countries visited. The food diversity in the US is phenomenal, and Americans have perfected many cuisines. In Europe, there’s way too much attention to being authentic, and in the US it really feels like the melting pot and 'bastardization' of cuisines has elevated food to a whole new level."

—Bit-Random

 

 

20. "America has some of the very best museums in the world. I spent a week going through the Smithsonian in Washington and it was amazing."

—Patches67

 

 

21. "Innovation. Americans think of really cool stuff and make it happen, from Disneyland to iPhones."

—khal33sy

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And finally...

 

 

22. "You are allowed to publicly criticize your government and leader."

—onepuffyeye



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Duty 1 month ago
#11 mountains, beaches etc....ever been to Italy?
       
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Honey 1 month ago
Or France.
       
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Eugene 1 month ago
Thanks for the kind post. I live in the US and even though we have a lot of turmoil I still love living here. Once you get out of the huge cities you get to see the “real” US and there is so much diversity from the east coast to the west. As a follow-up to the comment about Italy above - I’ve been there - beautiful country with tons of history. Loved it - and yes, it also has a lot of diversity.
       
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Tilford 1 month ago
Italy is the Mexico of Europe.
       
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Inez 1 month ago
Man, some of them are true and that's great. But if something is not true, it's "well educated" and that's part of the problems you have right now. Yes, the best universities in the world are in the US, but while climbing the top with some students you leave the majority behind. with educational standards far behind those in other western countries
       
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Eleanor 1 month ago
Inez, when you compare the difficult grading system of the US to other modern standards, it shows why the education system actually seems lower comparatively. I learned this recently and was so surprised at what the grading curve is in other countries. I thought it was basically the same everywhere, but it’s a lot more difficult in the US. It’s not fair, tbh.
       
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Alfy 1 month ago
Inez,
best educated and location aren't the same. that's ignorant. we do have the well educated here, even if they were educated someplace else. they all keep moving here. e.g. India has the best doctors in the world. but they move to the USA because better resources and pay.
       
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Left 1 month ago
As a European who lived in the US in 2010-2011, I disagree with quite a lot of statements made in this post, but there's one thing I loved about american people, it's their optimism. Never fails. Very optimistic people and that's probably why they overcame so many issues and always went forward despite everything. #15 ftw then.
       
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Levicy 1 month ago
The biggest difference?

Consumerism.

Other countries you go to buy butter. There's 1 maybe 2 kinds. America, you have dozens of choices from butter to margarine to "I can't believe it's not butter" to flavored butter to low-fat butter and I'm just getting started.

This applies to everything consumer-related.

Everything else on this list, lots of other countries have.

I have a Russian friend and they said this is so true.

In Russia, doesn't matter what's going on, you always assume the worst is going to happen. But it's ok because Russians are strong and you just drink a vodka and forget about your upcoming bad future.

In America, doesn't matter what's going on, you always assume things are going to get better. No need to fix any problems or worry about them, somehow they'll all just magically disappear! Eternal optimism or naivete?

I'm American btw.
       
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Viney 1 month ago
Levicy,

Childish naivety as is the case with most americans. Thank you for your service! Omfg
       
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Jeanne 1 month ago
Well educated depends on where you happen to live and how much money you make. The better schools are in the better areas, the poorer schools in the poorer areas and many teachers do not want to work at such locations. Professional civil service is something else many are taking issue with currently here in the US.

In the spirit of quid pro quo, what I most admire about Europe and the UK is their high standards in food quality. Here in the US, out FDA allows all kind of unhealthy additives and preservatives that your countries have wisely banned. Also here and in NZ are the only two countries that allow direct to consumer prescription drug advertising.
       
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salamoon 1 month ago
#12 #19 really? sm_80 sarcastic
       
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