Unusual Facts About American Culture

Photo Of An American Flag - ALCC American LanguageAs you’re learning English as a second language, we want to help you expand your understanding of American culture. Knowing these unusual facts can make interactions with Americans more fun.

Americans are Friendly

Smiling at strangers is something Americans tend to do, so don’t let it unnerve you. When waiting in lines or traveling by public transportation, people often begin talking. It doesn’t take long before conversations are moving from topic to topic. Relaxing and being open to a few words with a stranger will help you fit right in as you learn English.

Patriotism Runs High

Love for the country and the flag runs high in America. Seeing people dressed in red, white, and blue with stars and stripes, is common. Flying the flag from a front porch or a roof, applying decals to vehicles, and wearing pins on business suits are just a few of the ways that Americans show love for their country. Americans are happy to talk about their country, but don’t be afraid to tell them about your own culture, too.

Food is Big

Food is big culturally and physically in the U.S. The United States is known for its supersized portions, and most meals are cooked and served with a ‘bigger is better’ attitude. But people are also used to many different choices in the grocery store, with aisles and aisles of different brands and flavors. People also tend to focus on food and the different restaurant options available in various cities, and love to show off the signature dish of their hometown. The bottom line is that Americans prioritize food and they like to discuss it.

While you work on learning English grammar rules, take the time to understand American culture, too. Understanding the country will help you learn to speak with people you meet.

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