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Cultural Shock. I've arrived to the United States just two months ago. I'm from Hungary, an Eastern European small country. I didn't know the expression: cultural shock until I came here, but after a week I had to realize that I was in a totally new world. Everything was different for me: the language, the norms, the personality of an average person. I realized that I have to learn all these things to understand the Americans and to be able to live with them. The United States is one of the most diversified countries in the world. Its people come from multiple ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions. For this reason, it is quite different from other nations. ...read more.


People here keep things to themselves. They don't gossip as much about how people dress and what they eat. Americans do not have the kind of pride often found among Asians. American families routinely host garage sales in their front yards to sell items that they no longer use. This practice is generally not acceptable in Asian countries because it could be misinterpreted as a sign of financial distress. Some people, particularly those from Asia, think that Americans exaggerate their words and actions too much. They use the word, 'love" freely. Children Americans are individualistic. Even a young child is entitled to privacy and has his or her own bedroom in most households. ...read more.


Food Many Americans drink coffee and coke the same way Asians drink regular water. Raw vegetables, fried foods and dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt are staples. Other The favorite hobby here is sports, especially American football (different from soccer), basketball, baseball and hockey. The common topics of non-work related conversations among co-workers are sports, TV-shows and movies. Among women, the favorite TV programs are probably soap operas and talk shows; among men, situation comedies and late-night entertainments are popular. The best way to assimilate into mainstream society and find common ground with Americans is to watch more TV. Bear in mind that some programs do exaggerate; be selective of what you watch. These are the things, that were totally new for me, but after I realized and learned them, I could easily understand an American. ...read more.

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