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.
No metric system 1:04
Customizing restaurant orders 2:30
Vacation time 3:15
Can I get a to-go box, please? 4:42
Alcohol laws 6:35
Variety of goods 7:13
Thumbs up 8:15
Being extremely patriotic 9:06
Sales tax 9:59
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- 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.
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can you please drop the please subscribe thing in every video, its annoying to your loyal viewers and if your content is good enough on its own which with 22 m subscribers people will do it without being "reminded"
Hey that thing with the thumbs up is a lie! In Greece they understand what thumbs up means and it boesn't means : get lost, and other things in your video are incorrect, the title says to all others countrys stop saying ballshit for my Country...
In Muslim countries, when they go to the bathroom, they use their right hand instead of toilet paper. that is why they will never shake hands or shake the hand of someone's right hand. I anticipate criticism. But look it up it's all true. If the truth hurts...
Oh I thought of a really good one. You know that most Americans don't know their own blood type? And it's actually not as easy to find out as you think it should be. I actually had to like poke-poke-nudge-nudge a doctor for a while in order to give me a test to find out my blood type. And she looked at me like I was crazy for being so persistent about it. Um isn't the crazy thing the fact that I was almost 30 before I knew my own blood type? For some god knows reason doctors won't divulge your full medical data to you either in America.
Oh yeah and #1 actually confused me at one point as an American myself. lol. Because I've traveled around quite a bit and MOST states that I've lived in don't have a tax on food. Till I moved to TX and they for some reason are the only state I've lived in that has a food tax. Heh... Oh yeah, and what's really confusing about it is that some states seem to have different taxes for different types of items.
If people dislike us, why do they come?
When they stay, why won't they act like us & practice English all day?
Long ago, people came to BECOME ONE OF US.
Please explain what causes this.
I say people are spoiled, & disrespect our good & generous nation.
(We learn how to show respect in THEIR nations; they MUST do likewise.)
Mate you need to check your facts more you get so much wrong. nearly every video involving australia are mostly wrong
You can give a thumbs up in Australia the only time you may not is if you where talking to a aboriginal elder but even then just ask. DO NOT TIP in australia I can't tell you how many Americans have come to my work and try to give me money it is illegal for us to take your money and we can get in big trouble if we do. And dont be extremaly patriotic I cant tell you how many Americans I've meet just telling me how great their country and how we should try and be more like them it just becomes annoying after you meet some Americans. And dont come to our country and complain how we say things and that we pronounce letters weird it just our accent.Just check you facts cause your video are good when there right😊
I went to America a couple of years ago. I was at a store and when paying for the items, the cashier was charging me more than I had expected. I asked her why and she (rudely!) told me that it was the tax. I really wish they include the tax in the display prices. It would make everyone’s lives so much easier
In Oman bars are rare and you need to be older than 21 years old and also a license but in Oman mountin dew is nicknamed the Omani alcohole oh and also you cant raise the ok sign it means invitation to anul s**
Actually, in France, we have around 40 paid days off per year, governmental departments and institutes have up to 45 days. And it is illegal if a waiter or waitress or any employee is paid under the minimum wage, every employee must have sufficient salary to live which does not depend on tip, tip in France is like a gift to the waiter/ress to acknowledge their kindness and good service, not a paid for service.
Please remember we have better credit card payment systems. Don't carry guns of advocate the use of. Organic foods more available. Vegetarianism/veganism is featured in most eating places. A "to go box" is known as a "doggy bag" and is frequently available. Please complain about poor service and unacceptable food-we like to get it right.
I have waitressed in the past when I was in college. I didn't mind how much I made hourly, since i made a lot in tips. Some restaurants you can make more in tips than if you were paid minimum wage or higher. This video isn't considering that most countries around the world have extremely high taxes, so that waiter or waitress could probably use a tip from a nice American.
The thing that confuses me most is that the us thinks it has got tipping right lol a tip is supposed to be a bonus for good service not an almost mandatory tax to make the servers wages up to what they should have been in the first place
less than 10 days vacation time?...oh wow...im so so sry america, i need to stop bitching about having only 21 vacation days...besides the other official national days off we get...it's not even february and we already had 3 national days off work ....
I watch vlogs a lot, 90% are American. Why do yall use only paper plates? And it's always that same blue /purple /green pattern on them. We only use paper plates for braai's (barbecues). I can't imagine trading real plates for paper
"Things Americans do" or "Things the British do" or "Things (insert any nationality here) do" are ALL STEREOTYPES! Please, think twice before offering up stereotypical comments (which are somewhat akin to a milder form of racism, eh?), then just don't do it. Some habits and practices are variable from country to country, for certain, yet not every member of each place practices all of the "oddities". Thanks!
As an Australian, I know for a fact that 👍 is a perfectly fine way of saying that something is good, not only that, it is the Auslan (Australian sign language) sign for good.
So please, in order to not sound ignorant, check all of your facts before making videos.
There are no strong restrictions on indian flag
And even even if there are ,they are there for maintaining the respect of it
So that the indian flag(tiranga) is not I'll treated .
The rules are that you must not burn put under foot or disrespect the flag
They laugh about North Korea that brainwash the population with patriotic songs or posters, but the USA population have flags everywhere and think that USA is the best country in the world. The same thing, i guess, in both countries.
Oh yeah. Americans seem to express religious opinions very loudly. Even though Europeans also have their believes, they mostly exercise them privately in the church without shouting it out at any given occasion.
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