If you’re heading to the US anytime soon, I’ve got some tips for you on what we Americans consider the rules of etiquette and some stuff that’s totally ok in the US that other countries might consider rude! Let’s start with my favorite: food etiquette!
Are any of these Americanisms different or the same in your country? And to all my fellow Americans, can you add anything to the list?
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Feel free to ask for some condiments 0:32
Always tip! 1:11
Clean up after yourself at fast food restaurants 2:01
Open gifts immediately in front of the giver 2:46
Be ready for small talk 3:26
Expect a lot of smiles 4:16
Respect the bubble 5:00
No kissing! 5:37
Being loud is (usually) ok 6:07
Indirectness is politeness 6:45
Sit in the backseat of a cab 7:21
Feel free to keep your shoes on inside 7:55
It’s ok to keep it casual! 8:40
– If you’re eating out and your food is tasting a little bland, it’s completely fine to ask for salt, pepper, or sauces to add a little zing to your meal.
– A lot of Americans feel guilty about not leaving any tip. The rule is 15-20% of the bill, so get ready to do some mental math each time you eat out.
– If you’ve finished eating and your tray is now full of wrappers, used napkins, and empty boxes, take it to the trashcan and dispose of the garbage yourself.
– I was pretty surprised when I found out that opening a gift as soon as you get it is considered bad manners in certain parts of the world.
– Americans love small talk, so don’t be surprised if a stranger just starts chatting with you while you’re waiting in line or sharing an elevator.
– Let me bust the myth that Americans constantly walk around smiling ear-to-ear. Nobody does that because that’d be weird.
– The unspoken rule is to stand about an arm’s length away when you’re talking with someone.
– There might be some Americans who greet the European way, but overall, we don’t kiss each other as a way to say hi.
– The stereotype of the loud American tourist might ring true most of the time since we tend to project our voices, even out in public.
– “No” means “no” even if it’s said indirectly and super politely.
– You should ride in the backseat because the driver might give you a weird look otherwise.
– There are plenty of families here that have a “No Shoes Indoors” policy, although I’d say the majority don’t.
– If you’re ever out and about in the US, you’ll see a lot of people running errands in sweatpants, gym shorts, baseball caps, or even their PJs! But it’s not just about clothes either – we often keep it on a first-name basis even with people that are generally referred to more formally in other countries.
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