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World's Tourists Ranked

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The French were voted as the most obnoxious tourists in the world, loudly carping about poor services, unwilling to attempt the local language, and providing paltry tips. The survey was conducted via 40,000 hotels in twenty-seven countries around the world, scoring categories like attitude, tendency to complain, interest in sampling the local cuisine, cleanliness, and many others.

Americans scored well in several categories, particularly generosity. They're also more likely to swallow their pride and attempt to communicate in the foreign language. Brits were voted as the worst in Europe, a nightmare in fact. The stereotyped image of drunken, loud, cheap, and poorly dressed hordes invading Mediterranean resorts remains unchanged. Hoteliers voted the Japanese as quiet and polite, but perhaps only because they also possessed some of the worst language skills among the nations critiqued.

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What stereotypes are there about people from different countries? Are these true?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. Why were the French voted the worst tourists?
               a. because they don't like fish, especially carp
               b. they couldn't master the local language
               c. they didn't know how to tip
               d. none of the above
  2. What can be said about other nationalities?
               a. Japanese people had terrible language skills.
               b. British people are always drunk.
               c. Americans couldn't communicate in a foreign language.
               d. Japanese people exactly fit the stereotype.

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Were you surprised by any of the information presented in the article? Why/not?
  2. What are some general stereotypes about people from you country?
  3. Of the categories presented in the article, how would you rate people in your country?

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