Traveling to America?
Travel tips for visiting America
American lines at grocery stores and restaurants are abysmally slow. And even though the article linked below might encourage you as an international student or visitor (or you may be personally tempted) to speak to others while standing in line – Americans tend to check their smartphones or remain quiet in lines unless complaining about the service, or unless a person is extremely gregarious, or criminally insane.
It’s hard to tell the truly insane from the gregarious as everyone laughs loudly, and often, at things that often won’t make sense to you. Have a nice smile ready and smiling politely is always the best response when in situations where you do not understand the joke or comment.
Luckily in America, besides panhandlers or those living on the streets, you are not likely to find too many crazy people. We hide them somewhere. And no one knows where that is. Honestly.
If you do decide to practice for English as a second language skills, know that most Americans expect everyone else to speak and understand English. It is simply incomprehensible to most Americans that people still live places where they don’t speak English, even if most do not speak a second language themselves. Asking for help with your English is always a good and easy introduction, since it says that you are trying and wish to fit in.
Overall, most Americans are forgiving, tolerant, open and helpful even if they seem busy or distracted. They guard their free time selfishly and sometimes seem a bit isolated from one another. Technology and individualism are tending to encourage this trait.
Want to know what the Japanese tell other tourists from Japan coming to America? Read the entire article here: