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10 Things Americans Do That Confuse All Other Countries

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How to avoid some awkward situations abroad? The US is home to some customs that are very confusing to foreigners. Do you know which habits you should leave in the US before heading out on your travels? Check out this list of things Americans do that confuse the rest of the world. Timestamps: No metric system 1:04 Customizing restaurant orders 2:30 Vacation time 3:15 Can I get a to-go box, please? 4:42 Tipping 5:53 Alcohol laws 6:35 Variety of goods 7:13 Thumbs up 8:15 Being extremely patriotic 9:06 Sales tax 9:59 #americanfood #americanrules #newyork Music: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music Summary: - The rest of the world is familiar with meters for measurements, kilograms for weight, liters for volume, and Celsius for temperature. But not the US! Only 3 countries in the world still use the imperial system of measurements: Myanmar, Liberia, and the US. - In America, it’s customary to request substitutions, additions, or changes to a menu order. But some foreign cultures that take great pride in their cuisine might consider it impolite if an American wanted to make substitutions, order a different sauce, or ask for an item to be left out of a dish. - Americans have very little time off compared to the rest of the world. 30% of American workers have 5 to 9 days off annually, 38% have 10 to 14 days, and 16% have 15 to 19 days. 8% have less than 5 days, and a lucky 2% have over 24 days. This means that the vast majority of Americans only have 10 to 14 days of vacation. Since there’s no law in the US to say that vacation time is mandatory, one out of every 4 Americans doesn’t get a single day off work. - A common American custom is to ask for a to-go box for their leftovers. However, if you do this in a foreign country, it might be frowned upon. - In America, given that waiters earn a small wage, it is customary to leave a 15%–20% tip. In Europe and most Asian countries, the service charge for restaurant dining is already included in the bill. Tipping in countries like China and Japan is practically nonexistent. - Most countries in the world have a legal drinking age of 18 or 19 years old. The US, along with countries like Sri Lanka, Samoa, and Kuwait, has a legal drinking age of 21. - Foreigners are amazed by the variety of goods sold in American supermarkets and pharmacies. Foreign supermarkets are mostly designed to offer food and a few home necessities. American superstores like Walmart offer a huge selection of food, furniture, car items, home improvement tools, and clothing. - Americans might think that giving someone the thumbs up is a universally positive sign, meaning “Well done!” or “Everything’s good!” But don’t use this gesture in Australia, Greece, or the Middle East as it's a rude way of telling someone to get lost. You might think that pointing at something is OK, but not in China! That gesture is considered to be very rude. - A lot of foreign countries reserve the use of their national flag for official government buildings. But in the US, you see the flag everywhere. - An aspect that confuses most foreigners visiting the United States is sales tax. They might be confused when they take an item to the register only to find out that it costs more than advertised. In Europe, sales tax is already added to the price displayed on the price tag; in the US, it gets added at the register. Subscribe to Bright Side : https://goo.gl/rQTJZz ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightside/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightgram/ 5-Minute Crafts Youtube: https://www.goo.gl/8JVmuC ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more videos and articles visit: http://www.brightside.me/
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BRIGHT SIDE (10 months ago)
Hey everybody! Are there any confusing things in your countries?
Gladys Rios (10 hours ago)
I live in the US(unincorporated territory)
cobden28 whittehnam (5 days ago)
Whilst the UK has only been metric since 1971 and the younger generation don't know any other way, older folk still often think in Imperial measurements. I was unfortunately part of the last year at school to be taught in imperial measures but also the first year where the maths O-level exam was set in metric. Metric measures are the norm when buying nearly everything in shops and shop assistants look puzzled when I ask for the measures to be translated into English measures, ie imperial.
Sven Svensson (9 days ago)
At nr 8 you forgot to mention the time of using one thing in common. 9mm 😂
Beun007 (9 days ago)
@Annabelle Stenfield You should be! But, the US is not a saint country! Instead of that it lost it's innocence long before 9/11! I'm not trying to be insulting because me as a European should be gratefull for what the US did in the past and is still doing things well, but it's not a saint country!
Kenny Chi (1 hour ago)
Lol that isn’t Liberia that is Central African Republic 1:25
Jacob Battison (6 hours ago)
Says Liberia shows Central African Republic
Gladys Rios (10 hours ago)
I get very confused when I go to other countries and use Celsius. I prefer Fahrenheit
Ruby Tuesday (20 hours ago)
In Australia we get 1 month paid annual leave, plus a certain amount of paid sick days per year.
Davey R (21 hours ago)
In the UK we have a 'to go box' which we call a 'doggy bag,' for left overs at a restraunt.
Davey R (21 hours ago)
In the UK it is generally about 25 days plus 7 bank holidays = 32 days
Davey R (21 hours ago)
No metric system, yes the US is stuck in the 20th Century. We are clever in the Uk, we use Metric AND Imperial
John Due (1 day ago)
In USA, ask: What do I have to pay for this item. That should work, unless....
Mick Williams (1 day ago)
Here in Britain we have sadly changed to the Metric system but I refuse to use it .I still work everything out in yards feet and inches and have no plans to change it.
Peter Max Hiensch (1 day ago)
1:24 Liberia has moved uo to where Central African Republic used to be ?? Really ?? How did they do that !!?
j_ Alcaraz_C (1 day ago)
I was believing everything you were saying untill you got to the finger horns. Although in Colombia and many Latin countries horn finger do mean your spouse is being unfaithful, in order to comunicate that you need to put the horns on your forhead. Contex is everything. I doubt people will get that message if someone is rocking out doing horn finger up in the air.
Sticky Steve (1 day ago)
Very antiquated systems in the States. I was shocked. The banks are atrocious as well.
1950Grendel (2 days ago)
To be confused about it is one thing, and that's OK. To get upset about it is another.
TyeDon (2 days ago)
America...home of slaves- terrible health system, maternity, vacation.. work week
kulturfreund66 (2 days ago)
5:00 - I like the custom in the US of a to-go-box or "doggy bag". Food is sacred and throwing it away is a sin. period. P.S.: Tipping in Portugal isn´t being done if your having your beverage while standing at the counter of a café. It´s considered like being a shop´s desk where one just has a technical drink and wants to save money. In fact Portugal, especially in the past had a three step varied pricing scale. A coffee at a café´s counter would cost the least. The same beverage at an individual table inside the place had cost respectively more. And outside, like on the terrace or the sidewalk, was the third category. This system has got out of fashion, though it had its logic. Chairs and tables cost money, occupy more space, therefore cost more rent and the way a waiter has to walk in order to serve is longer and more time consuming. Tables outside the place + sunshades need to be put up every day and put in. >>> More work, longer ways.
After living in some many countries and traveling around I find America is still the best...this country offers a sense of freedom . Thumbs 🆙. ...
XactivateG (3 days ago)
At 1:25 they made Liberia in the Central African Republic
Bethaney Perks (3 days ago)
Thumbs up is definitely NOT rude in Australia! I though we pretty much owned it!
Ariam Madat (3 days ago)
In Algeria u got 30days paid vac we are cool I guess
Tim Ngim (4 days ago)
6:18 Shows China's flag. Pulls out Japan's currency. Not confused enough?
Ismaan Ameer (4 days ago)
This video is false. I'm an Australian and it is completely fine to thumbs up, and is very positive. Putting two fingers up means get lost.
Sticky Steve (1 day ago)
Two fingers up? The peace sign ✌?
Bubba Austin (5 days ago)
In Austria, we have instead of a b tone on the music lines, we have a H. Instead of b flat, we have B.
Reine H (4 days ago)
I believe that's German from the beginning. Someone interpret a "b" as a "h" and then continued to use h. We used to do the same thing in Sweden. But now we use b like most other countries.
Lucy Pembroke (5 days ago)
4:37 America, land of the free and priviledged 😂😂😂
Jørn Birkeland (5 days ago)
20 minimum but 37 if you want. By law in Norway. But you only by law 14 combined. Days vacation
Charlie Foxtrotsky (5 days ago)
To address the many comments which take some form similar to "why don't they simply do things in the US as they do in my country"......well, why don't you do things in your country the way they are done in the US? Every place can and should have their own customs, period. When I travel, I research the etiquette and customs of that country and use that manner of behavior and also I respect the local habits and ways of doing things. I feel that this is behaving in a polite and respectful manner. Why should it be any different for someone originating from outside the US when they travel to the US. I'm very certain that if a US citizen suggested that another country change their customs to be like the US......that person would immediately be considered an "arrogant American" while at the same time, those suggesting that the US change to be like their own country are being blind to their own behavior. tl;dr Every culture has their own habits and customs and we all should respect these habits and customs.
mrobinson256 (6 days ago)
whats a vacation.
mrobinson256 (6 days ago)
I hate the metric system
Gary M. (6 days ago)
Why is it when Americans travel we are supposed to change our way of doing things but when foreigners wash up on our shores we have to bend over backwards to please them?
Mark-Leon Thorne (6 days ago)
Thumbs up means, get lost in Australia? Since when? How bizarre! I've never heard of that in my 55 years of being an Aussie.
Sticky Steve (1 day ago)
I read that very long ago when Australia was getting colonised by the Brits, the Australian s used it as an "up your bum" gesture. But it has been hundreds of years since that custom has dropped away
Abderrahman Ahmed (2 days ago)
This is not in the middle east either 😂
Annabel Grace (4 days ago)
Neither have I.
Fringeless (6 days ago)
The most annoying things done by Americans are the creating videos like this.
Patrick van Ham (6 days ago)
AS to your first comment that Americans are more familiar with the non-imperial system, that s false. Americans expect all other regions to understand their skewed way of imperial to a tee. We do NOT. An american gallon is not a gallon, an american cup is not a cup, nor is an american pound a pound. Your system bewilders the world, and unless the US converts to Metric in basic education you will always be pariah's. Apart from your supreme arrogance, which is surprising for a nation which has not won a single war without support from other nations. Net a single one!
nakedfaves (7 days ago)
I used to work for a major clothing and housewares company in the U.S.A. that gave 10 days off a year after only 2 or 3 years and also about 10 days of unpaid excused days after only 3 years or so. Literally if you could afford it you could take at least one day a month off with pay and one day a month off without pay after only 3 years. So I eventually got to the point that a few weeks ahead I would always ask for a specific Friday off each month so that I could have a 3 day weekend every month. It worked out for a while.
Abdullelah TSKDI (8 days ago)
Kuwait it's a dry country alcohol is not allowed there, so how come the legal age to drink is 21 ? 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Gamingwithzuza (8 days ago)
I'm from Ireland but, i'm completle sure about are we alloued to have the national flag everywhere. Tbh with you guys, a lot (Not all) have the national flag attachet, but its more to be the cars. Failte:)
denali637 (8 days ago)
That's not Liberia @ 1:23.
Warren G (9 days ago)
Thumbs up to Australia
Warren G (9 days ago)
Yeah if you go somewhere else, you can see the American flag being burned
Warren G (9 days ago)
In the UK, we have like a tip box and people do give tips. Not just in restaurants. Depends but i think they are usually, given out among'st everyone. Places i've worked, i don't eating out though
Mel L (9 days ago)
I wouldn't say it's "customary" to make food substitutions, it's just not a big deal if you do.
JackVlogsAndGaming (9 days ago)
I live in Australia and I do thumbs up all the time same with all my friends and pretty much everyone else
guatito1 (9 days ago)
This video has a mistake regarding the location of Liberia when they are discussing the Metric System. Liberia is not located in the center of Africa as shown in the illustration, it is located in the West coast of Africa, near Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast, That country shown in the illustration looks more like the CAR or Central African Republic, but not Liberia.
Lidya Sheikh (9 days ago)
My dad barely gets any breaks. He works day and night, only sleeps 5 hours. He works every single day and doesn’t get the weekends off. He only gets 5-9 days for breaks. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Cliff Arroyo (9 days ago)
when did people begin to say 'to go box'? I always said 'doggie bag' - the fiction being that you're taking the uneaten food home for your pet...
That would is why in America were I live schools teach both systems
Beun007 (9 days ago)
in NL you will notice a lack of patriotism actually...
Beun007 (9 days ago)
The US should illegalize owning a weapon! In NL you will be fined with 10.000 Euro for owning one...
Justin Amberg (5 days ago)
The Second Amendment of The U.S. Constitution does not allow that.
Kanda Kpoto (10 days ago)
two things I want to say Liberia does not use the imperial system anymore and it is not inside Africa its near the coast I have been there for vacation
Mr. House (11 days ago)
Except sales tax, imperial measurement and drinking age, everything else is the same in Israel, tips are expected, patriotism is everywhere, and so on.
JKosbro (11 days ago)
Things Americans do that confuse other countries? #1 Starting wars and interfering with internal affairs of other countries
Fiona- PubG (11 days ago)
We do not trip......at all in singapore
missSeri176 (12 days ago)
To go box is normal in my country, Malaysia and many other countries.
dave yo (13 days ago)
The American way is the best way, if you don’t like it than F off!
holdthatdiggs (13 days ago)
7:22 is a shopping centre in the UK, not US
Ashu Raikvar (13 days ago)
India, in Delhi drinking age is 25.I don't drink alcohol but such high age bar is really a party killer for college going people.
SilvanaDil (13 days ago)
Many Europeans have plenty of days off; it's called being unemployed.
MsG. (12 days ago)
Although America appears to be a ONE giant of a Nation, in reality, there are 50 Nations that have chosen to work together delegating some responsibilities to the Federal Government that has no Land of its own.
James Booth (3 days ago)
@Stratplayr Indeed. That was what your civil war was about: just who is in charge here! Hint, the confederates lost.
Stratplayr (13 days ago)
That was the original plan but it didn't last. It really is one giant nation, with the Federal government taking over more and more from the states.
ANTONIO M. M. FRAGOSO (14 days ago)
You mean, Anglo- Saxon! British, North- Americans ( U.S.A & Canadá), Australians &N.Z., R.S.A, IL.
B Sm (14 days ago)
9:29 The New York Stock Exchange is not a Government building. 9:12
Maria Varela (14 days ago)
America isn't a country. It's a whole continent. Cheers!
Allison Holwell (13 days ago)
Maria Varela you are right America is a continent and not a country. Just like Africa is a continent comprising of many many countries. America is a continent that includes Canada 🇨🇦 as well as Mexico 🇲🇽 and drinking ages in Mexico and Canada are not 21. We don’t learn the US pledge of allegiance in school and we use the metric system.
erickofspirit (15 days ago)
I’m an American who lived in Europe. When I was there I loved that the price you see on the shelf is the same price you pay at the register. Because they include the taxes when they show the price. Being back in America it drives me up the wall that I never really know how much I’ll pay when I reach the check out. In Germany, I wasn’t doing well financially at one point and I had to rely on knowing the exact cent of how much I was going to pay. In America, it’s just one big marketing scheme to make it look like you’re going to pay less.
MsG. (12 days ago)
Basic math😐
Mark D (15 days ago)
Congress did this 1975? What is that in the metric system
Stratplayr (13 days ago)
Yes, they did. I was a kid in elementary school at the time and we were being taught metric. Like the video said, the metric effort was voluntary, so nobody bothered with it and it died out by the end of the 80's. However, lots of things use metric (2-liter soda bottles, 5K races, medical and science fields). I've used both and metric is far easier to use, once you get a feel for it. Most people's problem is that they can't visualize how big each unit is, so they choose to avoid using metric if possible.
JAP P (16 days ago)
In Sweden you get ca 5-7 weeks holiday
Ayesha Erika (16 days ago)
I’m from Kuwait 🇰🇼 and 90%of the people don’t drink alcohol 🍺
Amghannam (11 days ago)
Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait.
CruzeTD (16 days ago)
There is a nomad in all of us, and Americans are no exception. In their wanderlust, they go to many sparsely populated places and run into local rural communities ... I am yet to run into an american who even knows about your channel, but just like people of any other country the ratio of the ignorant to knowledgeable is about 50-50. Which means that regardless of what americans think, they too are a part of the planet. They too were born after swimming in the amniotic fluid in their mother's wombs like other humans. Expecting to eat with forks and spoons for example ... is unheard of in many areas in the sub-continent. And then there is the issue of immunity. Even though the U.S. government requires her citizens to get shots before embarking on journeys into tropical countries, invariably they fall sick when they arrive, say, in a city like Nowgaon, Brahmagiri, or Trashigang .... that is simply because the people in those places do not live under the near-sterile conditions that exist in the U.S. where just about *everything* is regulated to an obnoxious maximum, caused by the morbid fear on the part of the corporations of getting sued out of their existence. Every now and then I tun into your "lists" which border on being totally absurd and useless. The universe does not revolve around the USA. Personally, I have nothing against the US. I live in it. The particular joy of living in the U.S. is the ability to have my opinions without fear of persecution. The only other place I can be as I am is India. It would make a lot more sense if the focus is on how best an american can belong to the rest of the planet rather than expecting the rest of the planet to adjust to suit american demands. This may actually apply more to China as well .... so even there, the U.S. is not unique.
Sam Khuu (16 days ago)
forward thumb up is good but don't swing it over your shoulder
Ismaeel Hussain (16 days ago)
So untrue. To go box can happen anywhere your just trying to make USA seem good
Soff1859 (11 days ago)
I dont think i have ever seen that here in switzerland. Sure there are to go restaurants, that specifically sell this. But if you go to a normal sitdown restaurant with waiters and all, it would be highly unusual to ask for the left overs to go. So the waiter probably wouldnt be offended or anything but most likely the restaurant just wouldnt have adequate containers or so.
Commander Erik (16 days ago)
8:41 Notice not something, but rather someone. In China pointing at something is normal, but pointing at someone is rude, especially pointing at people who has higher status/rank/ older than you.
Robin Brown (16 days ago)
If I’m paying for a meal, the chef is working for me...I should get what I want. If the chef invites me to his/her home, then It may be rude to ask for substitutions or special order, so I would happily eat what was served to me....lol
Alwin Mora (16 days ago)
Im in the same city and there are two stores. One of them is expensive and other is cheap store.
Ryan & Amanda Donovan (17 days ago)
Ender5wag624 (17 days ago)
21 to drink, 18 to smoke but you have to be 8 years old to use a ouja board and summon effing satan??!?!?!?!?
Ray Fridley (17 days ago)
New Hampshire, Delaware, and Nevada(I think) don't have a sales tax.
Mark D (15 days ago)
Please add Oregon. Other taxes make up for this.
Joshua Funcion (17 days ago)
Land of the Free is Thailand.
P S (18 days ago)
In India, employers don't allow employees to take off
Jean Grey (12 days ago)
I've a friend he's from India . He told me this same thing . i couldn't believe it when he told me that interns do not get paid and must work long hours as real professionals w/o pay as they're learning and working out in the field of medicine. It's very unfortunate cause Hindu medical field is very high education .
Beth Di Bartolomeo (18 days ago)
Well, now I know not to order a salad abroad. I like them with iceberg lettuce and plain as paper; dressing and croutons and romaine are no-nos for me (I'll take the shaved carrots and onions, though). It's very hard to come by here in the U.S. If I can't make substitutions to make the salad the way I like it, forget it. But, I wouldn't mind trying other foods without substitutions, just hopefully they're light on sauces. Yes, I'm a picky eater, but at least I've learned to broaden my horizons a little bit.
kbear Sk (18 days ago)
People on America say pop instead of soda
MsG. (12 days ago)
Not🤨 Soda Soda water Pop Soft drink Coke (with whatever flavor)
Husaria Polska (19 days ago)
Your data on Austria is wrong - it’s 25 days of paid leave as standard
Aaryaman Gupta (19 days ago)
When I visited america they deep fried everything. We don't do this anywhere else do we. Yeah but sure their deep fried food is top on the list.
Marcus Seyfang (19 days ago)
Wrong about thumbs up in Australia.
Vanessa Shantae (20 days ago)
The supermarket one is true. It was some south Africans who came to the US and I used to work at Walmart and they were amazed you could get a TV and groceries in the same place. Lol. I mean like they filmed it all, genuinely amazed. 😂😂
Sticky Steve (1 day ago)
Well I ain't sure why they were so amazed because we have exactly the same kind of stores and malls in South Africa that you guys have there in the States
marios frag (22 days ago)
No ,giving someone a thumps up in greece means well done like in america,uk ect.
Tom P. (22 days ago)
Um, actually the UK is still using the imperial system alongside the metric system.
Frank Hooper (22 days ago)
In many countries, the first floor is upstairs. What Americans call the first floor is the ground floor.
Epi Sepdiatmoko (22 days ago)
to-go box is still in indonesia
Swag Bro (23 days ago)
For Liberia you showed Central African Republic
Gina G (8 days ago)
Geography isn't taught in US anymore. Bless their heart !
gdaholic (23 days ago)
I think the reasoning for not including sales tax is because there are different orgs and companies that do not pay those taxes. Then you have to factor in different states have different items that don’t have sales tax and some items that are extra taxed. Yes they could always calculate that at the register, but it’s nice to automatically know what the price is before sales tax, so that when you buy a mix of produce and prepared foods and you don’t pay taxes or taxes on certain items, you can easily budget as that company or individual. Since the U.S. doesn’t have as many social programs, the gaps are made to be made up by non profits and such. So there are much more non profits in the U.S. than most countries. Also another thing the U.S. does different, which is also harmful, is that it’s the only country that advertises pharmaceutical prescriptions to the public and doctors in the U.S. prescribe the meds. In almost any other country it is illegal to advertise to the general public any pharmaceutical prescriptions and it’s the job for the Pharmacist to prescribe the drug once the doctor has diagnosed you. This causes Prescription drug addiction in the U.S. to be dramatically higher than other countries. It doesn’t help that the U.S. government is bought out by pharmaceutical companies and GMO companies. Many other countries also have higher quality standards of food than the U.S. including Mexico. Even Whole Foods orders their produce that they can’t receive locally from Mexico if they can.
dzevad mesic (24 days ago)
I love thumbs
dzevad mesic (24 days ago)
Well i do like supermarket and restorans
dzevad mesic (24 days ago)
I hate USA
Bohemian Bedouin (25 days ago)
In Italia, you order Cappucino only in the morning; Italians are disgusted by American pizza with pineapples.
Parker Parker (26 days ago)
Oh and also you highlighted central African republic instead of Liberia which is actually more Eastern then the country you highlighted
Amghannam (11 days ago)
Yeah that makes no sense.. Why Liberia be in the center of the continent if this is where most slaves in the US come from.. I mean even if you don't know geography, at least know it should be in the West Coast of Africa somewhere..
Parker Parker (26 days ago)
I am American
Amaia Vael (26 days ago)
Don't ask ketchup on your steak ( DON'T) also do't order it Bien quit... that's just rude
Hayamir Alforja (26 days ago)
in the philippines you can buy alcohol in a mini store or tindahan but in a bar you need to be 18 i have friends that are 11 but drink alcohol
Pubg Potato (26 days ago)
Honestly, just like the philippines
Sister vs brother (26 days ago)
I leaned the pledge of alegense in kindergarten we say it everyday
Ramzes (27 days ago)
Watch in 1.25x
Obehi Ola (29 days ago)
Yeah, Austria
YOLO WOLF (29 days ago)
Hey bro love your channel but i am from greece the thumbs up dont mean get lost people on greece we dont do it that much but it mean good job

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