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By Gary Althen

I believe lots of people which are American or have an American lifestyle, might locate it uncomfortable as the booklet issues either to strengths and flaws. we do not like our flaws to be uncovered. that is why lots of people supply it undesirable rankings. yet as a foreigner residing within the US, i believe the writer is true at the funds on every little thing he says. After this, I basically comprehend American tradition extra. i'm now much less judgemental approximately american citizens. you cannot pass judgement on somebody for whatever they grew up with new release after iteration and for issues that they realized which may be beside the point for different cultures, yet have been very applicable for his or her atmosphere and setting. So congratulations to the author!!! and now I comprehend american citizens and do not pass judgement on them evenly.

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Liz, a staff member at a university international office, invited a group of French exchange students along with their American teachers and several co-workers to her home for dinner. ” She showed them where to find the food and drinks in the kitchen and introduced them to some of the other guests. The French students then served themselves and sat with the other guests in small groups throughout the house, eating and talking. The young son of one of the American guests entertained them with jokes.

Perhaps the best example from the world of fiction is the American cowboy as portrayed by such motion-picture actors as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. • Americans admire people who have overcome adverse circumstances (for example, poverty or a physical handicap) and “succeeded” in life. Booker T. Washington, a famous nineteenth-century African American educator, is one example; the blind and deaf author and lecturer, Helen Keller, is another. • Many Americans do not display the degree of respect for their parents that people in more traditional or family-oriented societies commonly do.

Women may be different from men but are not inferior to them. This is not to say that Americans make no distinctions among themselves as a result of such factors as gender, age, wealth, or social position. They do. But the distinctions are acknowledged in subtle ways. Tone of voice, order of speaking, choice of words, seating arrangements— such are the means by which Americans acknowledge status differences among themselves. People of higher status are more likely to speak first, louder, and longer.

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