HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN

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 Have you every wondered what are the characteristics of American culture that make us so different in comparison to others? Or maybe you’ve wondered what it’s like to be an American?

 Well, I have, mainly from personal experience, conjured up some characteristics of us Americans that we may not even realize during our daily grind. Let’s see if any of these unique characteristics apply to your life. 

Most Americans talk easily to homeless people but are very careful with their actions. This goes hand in hand with another characteristic that Americans smile a lot and talk very easily to strangers, often sharing personal stories [very trustworthy of others].

 Given the ease of conversation, Americans are very informal with each other, often calling everyone by their first name or nickname, even parents and grandparents of friends and family.

Americans ask “how are you?” as a greeting and do not expect a response regarding your health [we’ll probably think you’re a tad odd for answering the question, especially if you go in depth with your response].

 Americans never ask anyone directly about religion, political status, wealth, weight, clothing size, unless they’re close [in which case you most likely already know the answer].  However, some enjoy discussing politics but within reason.

What’s particularly unique is that it is not uncommon for men and women to live in the same apartment as roommates without a sexual relationship. Also, it is pretty common for women to have male friends, as strictly friends.

 American women do not always expect men to pay for everything; most are uncomfortable with this idea given the individualistic and independent nature of the American culture. That being said American women are not usually fond of possessive men and men should not make “sexist” remarks targeting women and vice versa.

In terms of hosting, Americans turn off the television when friends are over [unless the reason why friends are over is to watch the Football Sunday or Superbowl Sunday games].

 Americans also open cards in front of you so be sure to include one in a gift or you may/ may not get the question, “no card?”; Americans do this to see the receivers reaction of satisfaction or laughter.

 Well, I have only scratched the surface when it comes to being American. I hope this was helpful and for most of us a quick recap and realization of our culture in a few words. 



About the author

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Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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