Have you ever been to America? If so, you may have noticed some unique things in American life. If you haven’t, then maybe you should try to understand more about American culture just in case you visit the country one day. Here are some good things to remember.
When Americans see a friend or greet someone for the first time, they normally shake hands. It is polite to shake hands with both men and women. Make sure you give a firm handshake as this will show you are friendly and sincere. Americans often ask, “How are you?” The best answer is “Fine, thanks, and you?”
Americans are very patriotic(愛國的) people. Independence Day on the fourth of July and Thanksgiving in November are what they call national celebrations. On these days, never start eating until everyone is seated and ready. Sometimes a person at the dinner table will say a short prayer before a meal to thank God for the food. This prayer is called “Grace.”
In America, equality(平等) is very important. If you talk about people being different or having to do different jobs, you will be considered rude and old-fashioned. In America men, women, and children are all expected to clean the house and do the cooking. In the kitchen, Americans are generally aware of the importance of recycling, so make sure you know about separating trash.
One last thing to keep in mind is tipping. When you catch taxis or go to a restaurant, you must always leave a tip when you pay. A tip is an extra fifteen percent of the total on your bill. Waiters and taxi drivers need these tips because their regular pay is very low.
Most visitors find Americans to be very friendly people. Make sure you visit their country one day and learn more about their culture.
【題組】48. ( ) Which is NOT polite to do in the American culture?
(A) Giving a firm handshake to both men and women.
(B) Talking about the differences in people.
(C) Not start eating until everyone is seated.
(D) Saying Grace before eating.
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