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33698Re: Cell Phones in Slovakia

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  • votrubam
    Aug 9, 2012
      > a railroad conductor and see a good 5000 people a day.
      > People speaking English generally go to the vestibule and keep
      > their voices down while Spanish, Yiddish, Korean, Arabic etc

      The loud speakers above are not European. Among the Europeans, the Germans and Americans had a reputation of being loud tourists decades before the advent of the cell phone. It may prove difficult, though, to sort out to what degree the loud/quiet mode of communication is a real distinction and to what degree perhaps a stereotype. The Germans are called loud even by the German-speaking Swiss.

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