Sogona wrote:Is it true that "Les États Unis" doesn't necessarily refer to the USA?
No, "Les États Unis (d'Amérique)" = The United States (of America).
The only example I can think of is to say "Native Americans". It may be fitting in context to refer collectively to the indigenous peoples of the American continents in contrast to European settlers. When I hear "Native American", I don't exclusively think of North American tribes; I also think of Incas and Mayans.tepples wrote:Is it common to need to refer to something or someone "from the Americas"?
Well, Parisians have the reputation of being jerks but that is almost universally accepted, even within France itself (I've talked to many French people and they all confirmed this). Otherwise, the relation is good, people from Quebec like people from France and vice versa.dougeff wrote:I thought it was the other way around. I've heard that French people find the Québec accent especially... bad.And Québec is probably the place in the world where france is most hated
To be fair, not even that. I mean, people usually say Latin America instead of South and Central America (and also includes Mexico) because as far as culture goes, that tends to be a tad more relevant in terms of grouping.tepples wrote:Is it common to need to refer to something or someone "from the Americas"? There are already "North American", "Central American", and "South American" to refer to continents and subcontinents.
tepples wrote:Why isn't Quebec considered part of Latin America? French comes from Latin as much as Portuguese and Spanish do.
Definitely.Well, Parisians have the reputation of being jerks but that is almost universally accepted, even within France itself
Same here in French - "Americain" almost unambigiously refers something or someone from the USA. People who don't like the country (including myself) aren't too happy about that - but there's nothing we can do about it.. However "Amérique" is *not* used to unambigiously refer to the USA.Ask any canadian if they're "american" and they'll tell you no. Generally speaking, "american" is not used to refer to people from any part of the Americas. It only refers to the United States of America, in any English context I'm aware of.
What are we supposed to call ourselves? I really don't know!
For the people with big firearms not to shoot us when attempting to cross a border. Under current law, international borders are the major constraint on a free adult's right to travel.ShaneM wrote:Having a separate name for "us" puts a division between us and other nations. But for what?
And different legal rights as to which land we can lawfully visit. Humans with lethal weapons enforce closed borders on other humans.ShaneM wrote:sometimes the best answer to a seemingly complex problem can be very simple.
We should call ourselves humans. That's what we all are. In different shapes, colors, forms etc.