Phrases and small talk in the US!
Americans love small talk. Whether in front of the toilet, in the queue at the cash register or at the burger, everywhere you are addressed. Usually, the person you are talking to quickly notices that you are not from the USA and asks out of courtesy, less out of curiosity, where you are from.
Where are you from? It is said that one comes from Germany. Germany? Oh, that's nice then you hear. It's amazing how many Americans have relatives in Germany. How do you like California? Are you having a good trip? Great in answer is always good better still fantastic, love it or awesome.
Awesome , this is one of the favorite words of all Americans, everything in the US is awesome . Such a small talk is usually finished with nice to mee t you.
If you enter a supermarket, a hotel, or a restaurant, you will be received everywhere as you enter. This is a general greeting phrase in the US and is often used by operators. A real answer is not expected. They say fine, thanks, how are you? What stupid face would you see in Germany, if you would ask when entering a store how are you?
On leaving you get a have a nice day, a nice day and a take care . Take care of yourself is not meant here, but it is a farewell.
If you want to know if there is a free room in the hotel, you do not ask for a free room but for a vacant room . Free would mean in this case you are looking for a room for free and you will certainly get nowhere.
I am looking for a room, do you have vacancy? would be the right question.
Please never ask for a toilet, the Americans feel unappetizing and offensive. Need one urgently, one asks for Restroom, Ladies or Mens Room . Incidentally, in American toilets you will hardly ever find a toilet brush. There, the water is sucked off while rinsing and thus everything that is in the toilet is removed.
If you are invited to a Baby Shower Party you do not need to bring a towel. It will not end up in the shower, but at a party in honor of the expectant mum, where she is showered with gifts for herself and the baby. It (rains) gifts, so to speak.
And here are some phrases that can be useful when visiting the US.
If you want to order in the restaurant, you do not say I want or I take, but I would like to have, that is much more polite.
If you just want to look around a shop and be asked by the staff
can I help you?, then you should reply no, thanks, I'm just browsing and not just looking .
Holiday does not mean holiday, but vacation. Holiday means holiday in the USA.
On thank you you will be answered welcome . This does not mean a warm welcome, but is an answer (please) to the previously said thank you. Please would be the wrong answer, it will only be used if you ask for anything.
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In general, there is a very polite way of dealing with each other in the USA. Friendliness is capitalized and excuse me is a word many heard!