American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States by Gary Althen

By Gary Althen

I feel lots of people which are American or have an American lifestyle, may perhaps locate it uncomfortable as the e-book issues either to strengths and flaws. we do not like our flaws to be uncovered. that is why lots of people supply it undesirable scores. yet as a foreigner residing within the US, i feel the writer is correct at the cash on every little thing he says. After this, I sincerely comprehend American tradition extra. i'm now much less judgemental approximately americans. you cannot pass judgement on someone for whatever they grew up with new release after new release and for issues that they realized that could be irrelevant for different cultures, yet have been very acceptable for his or her surroundings and setting. So congratulations to the author!!! and now I comprehend american citizens and do not pass judgement on them frivolously.

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1 Chapter 1 ✰ ✰ ✰ American Values and Assumptions As people grow up, they learn certain values and assumptions from their parents and other relatives, their teachers, books, newspapers, television programs, the Internet, and a variety of other sources. Values and assumptions are closely related, but there are some differences between them. The ways in which different cultures approach the issue of appropriate roles for men and women provide a good example of the relationship between values and assumptions.

The American will want to decline the request but will be reluctant to say no directly. Americans might feel especially reluctant to refuse a foreigner directly for fear of making the person feel unwelcome or discriminated against. They will often try to convey their unwillingness indirectly by saying such things as “It’s not convenient now” or by repeatedly postponing an agreed-upon time for carrying something out. Despite these limitations, Americans are generally more direct and open than people from almost all other countries with the exception of Israel and Australia.

It is difficult to categorize those restrictions, which are often not “logical” in the sense of being consistent with each other. Generally, though, Americans are reluctant to speak openly when • the topic is in an area they consider excessively personal, such as unpleasant body or mouth odors, sexual functioning, or personal inadequacies; • they want to say no to a request that has been made of them but do not want to offend or hurt the feelings of the person who made the request; • they are not well enough acquainted with the other AMERICAN VALUES AND ASSUMPTIONS 29 person to be confident that direct discussion will be accepted in the constructive way that is intended; and, paradoxically, • they know the other person very well (it might be a spouse or close friend) and they do not wish to risk giving offense and creating negative feelings by talking about some delicate problem.

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