It is interesting to read how people from other countries perceive the United States and its culture(s). It gives us insight into ourselves, into the US, and into the cultures of the visitors.
Here are two examples [just to be clear, everything below other than my brief comments in brackets is from the two bulletted and linked items]:
With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things tolook out for if you are visiting America from Japan. THERE IS A THING CALLED “DINNER PLATES.” AND WHAT GOES ON THEM IS A MIGHTY DISAPPOINTMENT.
2. BEWARE ROUGH AREAS WHERE THE CLOTHES DEMAND ATTENTION
3. BUT YOU’LL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY AMERICAN TRAFFIC PATTERNS.
4. NOBODY IS IMPRESSED BY HOW MUCH YOU CAN DRINK. IN FACT, SHAME ON YOU.
5. THEY HAVE FREE TIME ALL WEEK LONG!
6. KNOWING HOW TO USE SARCASM IS A MUST TO COMMUNICATE WITH AN AMERICAN.
7. THEY TEND TO HORSE LAUGH, EVEN THE WOMEN. IT’S HOW THEY SHOW THEY’RE HONEST.
8. YOU WON’T BE GETTING YOUR GROCERIES ANYTIME SOON, SO CHECKOUT LINES ARE A GREAT PLACE TO MAKE FRIENDS.
9. THEIR VENDING MACHINES ARE RIDICULOUSLY LIMITED AND DISHONEST.
10. BUT DARN IT ALL, THEY’RE SO WEIRDLY OPTIMISTIC YOU JUST CAN’T STAY IRRITATED AT THEM.
1. ON GIVING GIFTS TO AMERICANS
2. ON TALKING TO AMERICAN WOMEN
3. ON SOCIALIZING WITH AMERICANS
4. ON AMERICAN OPTIMISM