The United States attracts many visitors. For example, in 2019 over 79 million Foreign tourists visit the country, ranking third behind France and Spain.
But whether we’re talking about natural parks or busy cities, there are a few “unwritten rules” that everyone should know. And this includes not only locals, but also travelers. So it pays for your homework.
For the first assignment, let’s look at the comments below. Posts on the r/AskAnAmerican subredditA now-deleted user has asked people to share these practices.
Do not cut in a row. We are not British. We’re not going to just shake our heads and catch our breath and mumble. Americans will absolutely start the fight against line amputation. It’s going to be a total big deal and people will shoot it on their phones and it will boom! there you are done [internet]Being beaten for not waiting in line for a few minutes
21 is the legal drinking age. Don’t rationally convince the bartender that 18 is “home”. Just because they are difficult doesn’t mean they are difficult. Their profession and possibly a restaurant’s liquor license (which is extremely, very, very difficult in some places) could be revoked for a small thing like this.
The word c*nt is much more aggressive in the US (and Canada) than in other English-speaking countries. don’t use it carelessly
Do not tip for points or to eat in sit-down/table service restaurants.
Isn’t that how you do it in your country? exorbitant! One of the joys of traveling is experiencing different cultures. We must seize the opportunity to experience firsthand our primitive way of life.
During MMO days, a Scottish friend went to Atlanta once and called a black man a ‘boy’. Do people in Scotland call you boys?
Yes, but don’t call black people boys. It’s a great way to be perceived as racist / slander them and join the fight. especially in the south
Please do not complain that tax is not included in the price. I know it’s annoying, but the poor souls who have to do retail haven’t set a US tax policy.
Do not take selfies at the memorial honoring the deceased.
I almost vomited on every selfie stick at the World Trade Center Memorial in NY.
Don’t use fucking racial slurs. My God, I work in the service industry with a lot of people from China and they will say N words with hard R (or s**tty racist ones in general). Are you mad.
While racial relations in America are straining at best, publicly racist comments are completely unacceptable. If you choose to do it anyway, you will be completely rejected. And everyone who embraces it is probably a fucking racist in its own right. okay.
Never pass the unloading school bus. When the stop sign flutters, you’ll have to wait for the little crotch goblin to get off the bus until it’s ready to move again. Whether it’s hitting a pedestrian, getting a nasty ticket, or making an absolutely disgusting look, it’s not worth it.
If you get caught in a vehicle while driving, do not get out of your vehicle. Roll down the windows and wait for the policeman to walk to your car. Make sure your hands are visible (put them on the steering wheel).
Respect wild animals. They are ubiquitous and can usually be dangerous or even fatal.
Don’t try to take a selfie with a bear or buffalo
There are 330 million of us. Saying something like “I like/dislike Americans” will almost always come with a grain of salt/anger.
Don’t go to dangerous neighborhoods just because you’ve seen them on TV.
Not a foreign visitor, but an unsuspecting friend from Colorado came to California and wanted to see the gang in Crenshaw, south-central LA. Because I saw it on a police show.
Yes, no, we don’t go through the ‘hood so we can take pictures of thugs and poor people. He’s also Latino, so the last thing I needed was someone I thought was cruising and looking for a fight.
Do not demean people in the service industry. They work for the company, not you. They are not servants and deserve respect and dignity.
I have spent some time abroad with foreign people in the US
Pointing is very rude! A friend of mine (from Thailand) always pointed to people when talking about them. It was just very uncomfortable and I didn’t realize it was part of the social fabric here until she did it everywhere. Do not point at and talk to a completely stranger. Eventually you can start fighting.
The American South is known to some as racist, but politeness and manners are very important.
You usually do things like leaving a door open for someone else and the cashier might ask “Hi”. Or “I’m fine, how are you?” but remember to answer the question. Always ask and thank you. When you make eye contact with a stranger, smile and nod your head. Unless they say hello, say hello again. I also tend to end conversations with people by saying “Be nice” (something more professional) when you meet someone when shaking hands. Have the person who started shaking hands introduce themselves first.
Also, Americans tend to be very friendly and will start conversations with people. Don’t be afraid to chat and don’t comment on politics.
You can buy alcohol at any store in town, but you’ll get a long d*ck of law if you open your puppies to the public.
stink. It sounds like a joke, but Americans don’t really accept any type of BO. We won’t (probably) actually say anything to you, but we’ll automatically hate you.
Cards are accepted at restaurants and shops. I know, strange you can’t see it. To prevent that from happening, have some cash ready.
Americans are all about personal bubbles. If you are a stranger, keep an arm’s distance when talking to an American. If you’re used to it, keep elbow distance. And finally, if you’re not very friendly, don’t touch anything other than a handshake. We are like Swedes, but bigger.
If you are driving, remember that you may turn right at a red light. If the police have stopped your car, you can be kind and polite.
We Americans love foreign visitors and will ask questions, language, culture, and almost intrusive questions. Because we Americans have been taught that America is a melting pot and we all have distant relatives in other countries, some people may want to establish some relationship with you. For Irish, English, Scottish and German, don’t be surprised or upset when an American says “Oh! I’ve also inserted a legacy!”
A few from the personal accounts of people I know.
Do not think that it is acceptable to bribe someone in authority. In America, we don’t even joke about it. I grew up in a country where there is an unwritten rule that these things can be “negotiated” and there are clear signs of whether that authority is open or not.
A colleague of mine knows a man (from a European country where this is a common place). He was in America and he had to be escorted in the mall because he called a group of girls cats… tribe. Yes, don’t go here. It’s acceptable in a nightclub, but in public? It is very likely that you will experience repercussions. It’s just not culturally acceptable. (Note: I’m not saying it doesn’t happen in the US. I know it’s a problem in many major cities.)
Follow the speed limit for the love of God and never stop in the middle of the road wherever you are.
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