Rules of manners and habits in the USA!
Rules of manners, habits and no gos in the USA!
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Although the American is very similar to the German lifestyle in many ways, there are still some differences that should be considered.
It is really helpful to get informed before a visit, about manners and habits in the USA. Also, you should know about the absolute No Gos, so you do not go into the fuzzy and saves embarrassing situations.
Getting to know each other in the USA is very relaxed and informal. A handshake and a friendly "Hello, how are you" are the norm there.
At first I always thought, why does he ask me how I am? But it's just a welcome phrase that you get with "Fine, thank you" or "Good, thanks. How are you? " This counter-question is usually answered briefly.
Friends or good friends, however, always greet each other very warmly and exuberantly with a hug!
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In the US, it is not common to look for your own places, but one waits for the sign "Please wait to be seated". If there are waiting times, you will be asked if you want to take a drink at the bar or you get a time and come back later. If a table has been cleared, cleaned and freshly set, you will be accompanied by the staff to the table and you get the same menu.
Incidentally, it is not common in the US to be set to other people, you respect the privacy of the guests .
What I already noticed with my daughter-in-law during her visit to Germany and that I considered her to be a habit, is very often seen in the USA. Many Americans cut their food first, then lay the knife aside and then eat the pieces with a fork. The free hand then usually remains under the table on the lap.
In America, it is not common, as with us, to sit longer at the table, but one leaves quickly after paying the table. Otherwise you block the table for new guests and would thus reduce the turnover of the operation. Waiters usually work for a very low base salary and depend on a good tip .
If you do not want to get in trouble with the police, you should start your bikini top on the beach, because Americans are very prudish. Women do not like to share the locker room with a friend because they do not want to show themselves naked in front of others. Even young children are not allowed naked bathing or nudity in public.
For Americans, it is offensive to let children walk around unclothed, as soon as they can walk, they wear bathing suits. If the little ones have to be moved, this always happens behind a bath towel.
By the way, please always leave your bathing suit in the sauna. Men, when they are naked, can even bargain for public nuisance.
On some beaches men are expected not to wear tight, ordinary swimsuits, but to cover swimming shorts!
In the USA, pedestrians are not allowed to cross a road between two intersections, this is called jaywalking. You should always go to the next intersection or to the next zebra crossing and take the traffic light. So you're on the safe side and save $ 25 if you get caught.
I would never think of doing that in traffic in Los Angeles.
We Germans are quite impatient when we have to stand in line, and we like to push forward a bit further. Not so in the US, pushing forward is an absolute no go. No American can be disturbed by queuing up. Everyone waits patiently for their turn. It comes to nice conversations with other people waiting.
I have to admit, I was annoyed when a family with three shopping trolleys in front of me stood in line and I had to queue for thirty minutes!
In Germany, I am used to packing everything immediately into a bag or a basket, but I gave that up after a few attempts in the USA. An employee of the supermarket is always standing right behind the cash register or is called and does this job friendly. The packed bags are then placed in the shopping cart and even brought to the car on request.
The penalties for getting caught in California , for example, range from $ 100 the first time to $ 500.
Never smoke in the car, if minors sit in it and yes throw a butt out of the window. Then comes to smoker go still pollution and even fire hazard added.
Just look closely at his surroundings before lighting a cigarette. Where smoking is prohibited is clearly indicated by signs.
If you are stopped by the police, you should not get out of the car without being asked. Just let your hands on the steering wheel and the hands of the passengers should be visible on the lap.
In no case agitated in the glove compartment or handbag kramen, that could be dangerous or even life-threatening. The police officer could interpret this as looking for a carried weapon and protect himself.
The official checks the papers for completeness and explains which traffic rules have been violated. Then it is up to you whether you get a ticket or just a warning.
By the way, it was a $ 120 ticket for driving too fast.
After that, the policeman wishes you a good ride!
These were some of the many manners and habits in the US, to be continued!
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