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American Culture

  • Sweet 16

    Sweet 16

    Posted by Cristina on 17 May 2017

    ​The 16th birthday is a very important one in a teenager's life, since it celebrates their coming of age. They are soon going to become adults and start a new stage in their lives. Sweet 16 birthday is important, since teenagers start to discover the possibilities of independence.

  • Greeting Cards

    Greeting Cards

    Posted by Cristina on 28 Feb 2017

    The exchange of greeting cards has become a part of the American culture. Americans send more cards today than any other nation in the world. Since the introduction of e-cards people have bought fewer paper greeting cards, but Americans still buy about 6 billions of them annually.

  • Who pays for the wedding?

    Who pays for the wedding?

    Posted by Cristina on 20 Dec 2016

    ​You will be surprised to know that according to American traditions, the bride's family pays for the wedding! Well, not for all of it, but for the biggest part for sure. If you are a father of a daughter, be prepared to pay for the engagement party, the entire reception

  • Trick or Treat?

    Trick or Treat?

    Posted by Cristina on 31 Oct 2016

    As you all probably know, today we are celebrating HALLOWEEN! But do you know why and how we celebrate it? The origins of trick-or-tricking remain hazy and it is still unknown exactly when it was coined.

  • 10 Halloween Symbols

    10 Halloween Symbols

    Posted by Cristina on 26 Oct 2016

    ​Halloween is coming and you can see standard decorations and symbols of the holiday everywhere. In this post I will introduce you to 10 most common symbols of ​Halloween

  • Presidential Election Process

    Presidential Election Process

    Posted by Bonnie on 07 Oct 2016

    ​Why do U.S. presidential elections take so long? How does the election work? Who can vote? Who chooses the vice-president? What is Electoral College?  The answers to all these questions can be found in this video. 

  • 10 American Values

    10 American Values

    Posted by Cristina on 24 Aug 2016

    ​Those of you who want to study in the USA or live here should know something about American people and what they value. It might be very different from what you are used to. It might even come as a surprise to some of you. Americans have some core values and you should respect that.

  • Small Talk

    Small Talk

    Posted by Cristina on 08 Feb 2016

    In the United States of America, it is necessary to make "small talk" in some situations. SMALL TALK is a type of conversation which helps 'break the ice' and fill moments of awkward silence. Students might be shy in these situations, because they have to use their second language. However, it is considered rude to say nothing when a person starts talking to you.

  • Personal Space

    Personal Space

    Posted by Brandie on 15 Jun 2015

    Those of us in the United States love our personal space! We often say that we have our own "personal bubble" around us....that space belongs to me and only me. So, what does this mean for people from other cultures?

  • Time is Money

    Time is Money

    Posted by Brandie on 28 Apr 2015

    Money: it can be saved, spent, 'blown,' and it can be budgeted. Americans like to do the same thing with their time. We plan our time carefully, giving the majority of our time to those people or things that we think deserve it the most. We hate blowing our time away, just like we hate blowing our money away (to 'blow it away' means to waste it). We never want to waste our time. We also budget (schedule) our time carefully, even for casual social gatherings. Let's say I'm having some friends over for a casual evening at my apartment. As an American, I will have a mental schedule of how the evening should go...

  • High Five

    High Five

    Posted by Patrick on 17 Apr 2015

    Yes, you probably know what a HIGH FIVE is.

  • Hump Day

    Hump Day

    Posted by Brandie on 15 Apr 2015

    In the US, Wednesday is informally known as hump day. Why? Well, let's think about a hump. A hump is a curved, raised area on something. Look at the picture of the camels. The two lumps on their back...we call those humps.

  • Gifts

    Gifts

    Posted by Brandie on 08 Apr 2015

    Let's say that you are invited to the party of an American friend: a birthday party, wedding, baby shower, bar/bat mitzvah, or some other type of special occasion. Unless otherwise stated by the host, it is usually expected that you should bring a gift to the party. So let me offer you some advice on this!

  • The Marshmallow Challenge

    The Marshmallow Challenge

    Posted by Bonnie Miller on 13 Mar 2015

    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”― Benjamin Franklin

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    Posted by Greg on 02 Jul 2014

    Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, marks the anniversary of the United States declaring independence from Britain in 1776.

  • Halloween Traditions Worldwide

    Halloween Traditions Worldwide

    Posted by Katherine Zejavac on 25 Oct 2013

    Newsflash: Halloween isn’t celebrated everywhere. So just what IS everybody doing this time of year if not eating tons of candy from trick or treating, carving pumpkins and dressing up in costume?

  • Thanksgiving in the USA

    Thanksgiving in the USA

    Posted by Brittany Wade on 20 Nov 2012

    A very long time ago, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated what is now known as the “First Thanksgiving.” The Native Americans had taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and catch eel & fish. They had also helped the Pilgrims with food during the first winter. The Pilgrims invited the Native Americans to the Thanksgiving meal to thank them for their help.

  • Top Gear For Students

    Top Gear For Students

    Posted by Alex on 04 Jun 2012

    The ever changing tech landscape provides students with a constantly evolving spectrum of choices on how best to accessorize their daily lives. Here are five suggestions that should be at the top of your list and some budget friendly alternatives:

  • Cultural Differences

    Cultural Differences

    Posted by Lindsey on 22 Jul 2011

    I have spent most of my life living in the same small town. I grew up traveling a lot, but not too much of that traveling was to destinations outside of the United States. And by not too much I mean to say that I have only left the United States once. Just once. I was about 6-years-old and I went to Canada for a week with my parents. Needless to say, I do not have all that much first-hand experience with other cultures. I have, however, always been intrigued by how other cultures work. It's interesting to me how an everyday thing in one culture can have an entirely different meaning, or even be a vast insult, within another culture.