American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States, by Gary Althen Amanda R. Doran Susan J. Szmania

By Gary Althen Amanda R. Doran Susan J. Szmania

Touring to the United States quickly? If the idea of prolonged publicity between american citizens turns out daunting, enable American methods: A consultant for Foreigners within the usa assist you organize. during this revised version, Gary Althen has additional fabric to supply the clearest insights but into the yankee psyche and tradition, together with the rewritten bankruptcy methods of Reasoning, which gives one of many best-organized and clearest displays of yank inspiration tactics to this point, and a brand new bankruptcy on race and ethnic family that compares how international viewers and american citizens alike understand American subcultures. inside so much chapters Althen has incorporated a brand new part, feedback for overseas viewers, including one other sensible size to the booklet. American methods covers the entire uncomplicated wishes of the overseas pupil or businessperson, masking the traits and customs of day by day actions like riding, buying and verbal and nonverbal conversation in addition to the extra esoteric customs relating to cultural values, politics, schooling, faith and male-female relationships. As a finished advent to American tradition, American methods will arrange you for residing, learning and dealing in the USA. it really is that little tiny stuff that could have an effect on how humans get along....[T]here are plenty and many diversified [cues] on an underlying, unstated level.-Gary Althen Althen offers suggestion to international viewers to the U.S. that's meant to aid them comprehend the motivations, attitudes, communique kinds, and activities of usa citizens. Emphasizing the translation of saw habit, he covers methods of reasoning and American principles approximately politics, family members existence, schooling, faith, the media, social relationships, racial and ethnic range, male-female relationships, activities and sport, riding, purchasing, own hygiene, and organizational and public habit. Over-generalization is an comprehensible risk in the sort of paintings as this, yet Althen does take the time to stress that there are adaptations between americans, whereas he concentrates at the similarities.-Book information ContentsPreface to the second one EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: basic principles approximately American Culture1 American Values and Assumptions 2 The Communicative variety of Americans3 methods of Reasoning4 modifications in CustomsPart II: particular facets of yankee Life5 Politics6 family members Life7 Education8 Religion9 The Media10 Social Relationships11 Racial and Ethnic Diversity12 Male-Female Relationships13 activities and Recreation14 Driving15 Shopping16 own Hygiene17 Getting issues Done18 habit in Public Places19 Studying20 BusinessPart III: dealing with Cultural Differences21 a few worthwhile Ideas22 actions for studying approximately American CultureConclusionBibliographyAbout the writer

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This fundamental American belief in progress and a better future contrasts sharply with the fatalistic (Americans are likely to use that term with a negative or critical connotation) attitude that characterizes people from many other cultures, notably Latin American, Asian, and Arab, where there is a pronounced reverence for the past. In those cultures the future is often considered to be in the hands of fate, God, or at least the few powerful people or families that dominate the society. The idea that people in general can somehow shape their own futures seems naïve, arrogant, or even sacrilegious.

The other students’ grades were lower. After the experience she reported, I do not think that Psych 101 is considered a very difficult course for the average freshman on the Bloomington campus [Indiana University’s main location], but it is a great challenge to these [Malay] kids who have very little, if any, exposure to the concepts of Western psychology… . The American [while growing up] is surrounded, maybe even bombarded, by the propaganda of self-fulfillment and self-identity. Self-improvement and self-help— doing my own thing—seem at the core of American ideology.

22 AMERICAN WAYS “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Americans say. People who want to make things better can do so if only they have a strong enough motivation. Time For Americans, time is a resource that, like water or coal, can be used well or poorly. “Time is money,” they say. ” As Americans are trained to see things, the future will not be better than the past or the present unless people use their time for constructive, future-oriented activities. Thus, Americans admire a “well-organized” person, one who has a written list of things to do and a schedule for doing them.

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