Have You Ever Been Mistaken for Being of Another nationality?

@urbangirl (1461)
Australia
July 10, 2007 6:24am CST
Lookswise I have been mistaken for: lebanese, spanish and when I have opened my mouth my accent has been mistaken for English and Israeli. How about you?
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@aidonia (4209)
• Greece
10 Jul 07
Here a funny story that happened to me.One of my travels at Egypt ,my husband him brother and my son visited the Archaeological Museum.The price of the tickets for Egyptians and tourist is very different.So they told me that they buy ticket for me like Egyptian so when I 'll pass the man at the door take care and don't speak English.Really when they saw me they believed I'm Egyptian and let me pass.Inside we turn trying find my husband.We saw him at the door calling him brother.He had my husband passport with him.The man at the door asked for proof that my husband was Egyptian.They saw him as a foreigner.....
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
Aidonia - a similar thing happened to me in Greece - I was let in as a "local" in one of the museums and yet my cousin who is 100% Greek and has lived there all her life (she has blonde hair and blue eyes and a real Scandinavian look), was thought of as a "xeni" until she opened her mouth.
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@aidonia (4209)
• Greece
11 Jul 07
He,he ...It's funny.They didn't believed my husband even after he stated speak Arabic.They thought he is tourist from any Arabic country (they have many tourists from different Arabic countries),........a rich Arabian man with a lot of money lol:
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
10 Jul 07
I have been mistaken a few times but it is natural since I am pretty mixed in terms of nationalities :) But the funniest thing that happened was with my daughter. Up to 4 years old she was constantly mistaken for Japanese :) I remember when hubby and I were waling with her in the park having people looking at both of us then her, then both of us again. Specially a Japanese couple that we used to meet in the park, we end up talking because we were at the park everyday at the same time, and one time she told me that at first when she used to see me with my daughter she thought I was babysitting for asian parents and that my daughter was really Japanese LOL
@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
That's funny - Japanese eh? Who do you think your daughter takes after?
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
WEll apparently when I was up to 3 years old I looked a bit asian as well according to what my mom told me just today - I was just on the phone with her this morning and told her about this because it was on my mind. She told me that I looked like that as well. I'm not really sure who she - or I - takes after. I am european, but with a big mix coming from my brazilian side, however I"m not sure where the Asian bit comes from.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
10 Jul 07
no I havent but have been mistaken for a male . I have to laugh at them when they call me sir.
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
That is funny - I too was mistaken for a male when I was a teenager and I cut my hair really short.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Jul 07
yup is funny I must look like a male from the back as I do have broad shoulders and also big boned lol
@lilaclady (28235)
• Australia
10 Jul 07
Yes I have, I am Australian and I have had a few people come up to me and speak Italian, I really don't think I look Italian at all, so I don't know what it is or maybe I look different to what I think I do.
@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
Maybe you have that "dolce vita" look about you, lilaclady.
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@lilaclady (28235)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
I wouldn't think so but there must be something....:)
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22 Jul 07
I have, adn almost all of the time it happens in the USA. I don't mean to be rude but I think there are a lot of people in America that have a very US-centric view of the world, there is not enough exposure to the international issues, international television channels and the like. Maybe I am wrong, but I frequently got asked if I was Australian, well anyone that hears Austrialian and UK accents knows there is a big difference, and once i was even asked if i was French!?! now that is just so obviously different and accent as you can get it was surprising to say the least.
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
22 Jul 07
Oh I was mistaken in the US for an English person too...but then again when I was in England, English people mistook my accent for English - but couldn't quite place WHICH part of England. They said my accent did not have that heavy "strine" in it and would not have picked me as Australian.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
11 Jul 07
Hello urbangirl! I have been mistaken for many different nationalities. If I gather all the countries that I have been mistaken for, it would appear that I belong to three different continents:-) I have been mistaken for Indians, Many different Arabs countries in middle east, some countries from North Africa and north Latin America. In three of these continents i.e. Asia, Africa and South America, I have been assigned many different countries. So I think that I am quite a global figure:-) I have also been mistaken for many other people or at least people relate me to some other people whom they have seen in different parts of the world and they ask me, "Are you relative of ..." I have heard this question a lot many times in my life:-)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
12 Jul 07
Thanks for the best response, urbangirl!:-)
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
10 Jul 07
Hi there. Yes I have actually, Ive been mistaken for having asian in me, which is far from it, as well as mexican, Im not either, but i have respect for all cultures... Im Maori and proud of it...
@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
Hi Nardz - I think Maoris are absolutely gorgeous!
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• Philippines
10 Jul 07
yeah, i have been mistaken for being of another nationality several times already. i have been thought of as Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian. there was also a time in the past when i was mistaken as a mexican and indian (yeah, just like mulan)
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
dolce-Vita78 - to me you look like a Hawaiian native.
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@wilynn (753)
• Singapore
10 Jul 07
I have been mistaken for a Hong Konger, Taiwanese and Korean. My friend told me that I look like a Korean so I should not roam around the country I'm in now because the locals always pick on Koreans to rob or kill.
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
10 Jul 07
Mostly people think I have an Italian back ground based on my dark hair and skin. Not even close. Even when i was in France, people asked me if I was italian. Nope, I'm American. True blue.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
10 Jul 07
Not nationality however have been asked where I was from. Born and raised in Ohio in the USA, I can travel south and begin to sound like they do with their southern accent. I also have an educated use for the words and not much slang. That is about as close as to be asked if from elsewhere. Now that we move about soooo much it could be possible that many of us are from elsewhere yet fitting in.
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• Philippines
10 Jul 07
i have oftentimes been mistaken as a chinese girl. when i was still working in a cruise liner where we cater to most mandarin speaking people they would come up to me and speak in mandarin. they would then be surprised later i dont speak the word for i really look chinese. by blood, yes i am because my grandpa is from macau,china.
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@rosie_123 (6117)
10 Jul 07
Oh yes - quite often. I am half Belarussian, and I look a lot like that side of my family, so I'm constantly being mistaken for either Belarussian, Russian, or Polish, and sometimes Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian, as I have the very pale, blonde, Scandinavian colouring that many Northern people have. As for my accent - well I think thats fairly unmistakebly English, except when I speak Spanish, and then I am constantly mistaken for an Argentine. I guess that last bit isn't so surprising as my partner is Argentine, so most of my colloquial Spanish was learnt from him!
• United States
10 Jul 07
I have been mistaken for spanish, but I don't know why, I really look pretty white:)
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
10 Jul 07
People mistake me for being from other states than the state I live in. That's about it. The best thing was when I was in Australia, all these people kept saying "you sound like you have an American Accent" and I'd be all "Really? Hrm. Do you think it's because maybe, I AM an American!?"
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
raychill...we're a little slow here sometimes ;-)
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
11 Jul 07
yeah. It was just funny though. They wouldn't ask. They'd just say I had an American Accent. It was silly.
@CEN7777 (858)
• India
22 Jul 07
yes I have also been mistaken for pakistan.Wwhen have 1st visted to uk. Iwas on Heathrow air port and not able to find bus terminal for bus no A2, Which goes to euston railway station from heathrow airport. I have ask a person who looks like indian, he suddenly ask me are you from pakistan, when I said no Iam from India he suddenly move forward and did not help me to locate bus terminus which is just behind of terminal 3.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
19 Jul 07
No, thankfully and I don't think I want to be mistaken for anything else that I am not. I don't think I would like that at all.
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@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
19 Jul 07
several times. most often spanish and in fact when we went to spain 2 years ago we joined this tour and the tour guide kept on talking to me in spanish. i just kept on nodding my head and din't have the slightest idea what she was talking about. finally she realized that i'm not spanish and can't speak the language she just looked at me and laughed
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
14 Jul 07
I was mistaken for a Norwegian when I was in Norway. Mind you, the person making this mistake was American... I don't speak a word of Norwegian, but she thought that my North of England accent sounded Norwegian.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
I'm most commonly mistaken for Jewish or German. When people ask me what ethnicity I am, I tell them to guess. I've also been told I have a British accent and a Polish accent. In actuality, I am Polish, but I was born & raised in New York, so I suspect my English pronounciation is flawless.
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