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In American culture it is ...

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In American culture it is courteous to hold or open doors for others.

Most of the time it's men that are opening or holding the doors for women. I'm a woman, and on occasion, I see the opportunity to hold the door open for a man sometimes.

In American culture it is important ...

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In America culture it is important to make eye contact as it shows that you are paying attention.

I found it interesting when I first learned that not all cultures make use of eye contact.  In America, eye contact is polite and it shows that you are paying attention.  It is also very important in certain situations, such as applying for a job.

In American culture it is important to ...

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In American culture it is important to have eye contact with whomever you are speaking to.

In my culture, it's not always proper to have eye contact with people, so when I came to the US, it was a little confusing.  Now I understand, so I don't have any problems.

In American culture many of us say ...

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In American culture many of us say “a place for everything and everything in its place” to try to keep things organized in our homes and to find things.

Conversation:

Man:  Where are my keys?

Woman:  Don't you remember: "a place for everything and everything in its place"?  They're on your desk honey.

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In American culture many people hug ...

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In American culture many people hug when greeting, when hearing good or bad news, when saying good-bye, and more.

Conversation:

College student:  I'm so sad ...I didn't get into the sorority that I pledged.

Friend:  Let me give you a hug ...  It's alright.

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In American culture there are ...

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In American culture there are toilet seat protective covers available in most public restrooms.

I appreciate that most public restrooms have seat covers.

In American culture we believe ..

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In American culture we believe that honesty is the best policy.

Conversation:

Aida:  What should we do?  We know that he stole something from the store.  Should we tell the owner?  

Steve:  Yes.  It's best to always tell the truth.

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In American culture we believe in ...

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In American culture we believe in the American Dream -- having a job, owning a home, and having a family.

I've only lived in the US for a few years now, but overall I can feel the spirit of the people when they talk about their goals, like buying a house.

In American culture we believe that ...

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In American culture we believe that sharing is caring.

When I moved from my apartment into my house, I didn't have all the tools that I needed to make some repairs.  My neighbor was kind enough to loan me some of his.

In American culture we commonly say ...

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In American culture we commonly say, "After you." to let someone go first, before us.

I'm in no hurry ... after you.