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When You Entertain

When you entertain Americans in your own home, your task is to make them feel as comfortable and as welcome in your home as possible. When a guest comes to your door, shake the guest’s hand and usher him or her inside with a welcoming gesture. If the guest has a coat, offer to take …

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Yoga

The ancient Indian discipline known as yoga began to grow in popularity in the United States in the 1960s; today it can only be considered part of the mainstream of American culture. Yoga purists, including many in America, often stress that yoga is a spiritual discipline. The United States has had for many decades a …

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Weddings

If you do decide to get married in America, be careful about weddings; they can be very expensive. Traditionally the bride’s parents paid for most of the wedding expenses, while the groom was responsible for the wedding ring and the honeymoon expenses. Today, both sets of parents will sometimes share the expenses, or the couple …

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Tennis

Tennis is a popular recreational sport among Americans of all ages. Both private and public tennis courts exist, indoors as well as outdoors. More than 20 million Americans play recreational tennis. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for tennis and counts more than 700,000 members. The association maintains a rating …

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Tailgating Parties

Tailgating parties are popular all over the United States. Though outdoor cooking in and around sporting events has been commonplace since the nineteenth century, the modern phenomenon of tailgating really took off in the early 1970s at college football games and later became popular at professional football and other sporting events. Recent surveys have indicated …

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Table Manners

Table manners are important in America, and may be different from those of your country. They are complicated, and you should consult a good guide to etiquette for a complete view. In general Americans try to eat neatly, without making a lot of noise. If something on the table is out of their reach, they …

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streetcrime

Street CrimeStreet crime may be an issue in many American communities, but avoiding becoming a victim involves some common-sense tactics that apply anywhere in the world. Street thieves, muggers, purse-snatchers, and other felons look for victims with several key characteristics. The victim appears to have money. If you make a purchase in a store or …

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

As in anywhere else is in the world, Americans are concerned about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) attracts the most attention, since it may be fatal. The uncomfortable Herpes viruses, while not fatal, are incurable. Beyond these big two, dozens of other STDs affect the American public. These can be difficult …

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