USA

The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. The US is the fourth-largest country in the world. 

Capital City

Washington

Currency

United States Dollar

Total population:

329.5 million (2020)

Languages spoken:

English, Spanish, French

Cultural dos:

Tip all service staff, many rely on tips since minimum wage is low.

Cultural don’ts

Steer clear of conversation around politics, abortion laws and gun control, as they tend to be potentially divisive hot topics

Continent:

Americas

Three foods you need to try in this country:

  • New York cheesecake,
  • Hamburgers,
  • Deep dish pizza,
  • Texas barbecue,
  • Fried Chicken

What the country is known for :

  • Economic power house,
  • Widespread music industry,
  • NASA,
  • Hollywood Film Industry
  • Silicon Valley Tech Companies
  • Baseball, Basketball and American Football
  • Places: New York, California, Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore

More About United States of America

The United States of America is a country that needs no introduction. From a very young age, no matter where you are in the world, American culture has influenced you in one way or the other, more so now with the growing use of social media (which was started in the USA by pioneers Facebook and Twitter). The country is made up of 50 states, each with their own governors and regulations which also leads to the diversity in sub-cultures. My visit to the US was in 2016 when I flew stateside for work. Since I was already in the country I extended my trip to explore this country which I felt I knew so much through growing up on American TV and their strong media influence. During this time I visited Texas and California. I cant explain my experience more clearly than that I felt like I was living inside my TV. 

It is difficult to write one summary about the US because it is so varied and expansive in its offering. It is incredible to be able to visit a lot of the places one sees on TV. For example, my visit to Walmart was a 2hr affair. I just needed some fruit but decided to go through the isles and see what was on offer. The Americans do processed food, and they do it well. There was a whole isle dedicated to 2l tubs of ice cream. There were at least 20 flavours of Ben and Jerry’s I had never seen before. The popcorn, the crisps, the cereal, chocolate. It is unreal and everything i tried was so delicious! 

The country has a wide range of interesting natural and man-made places of interest. The Pacific Coast Highway drive was one of reliving childhood memories and utmost beauty with all the beautiful landscapes. A visit to Hollywood and Beverly Hills for me was fascinating as it gave me an opportunity to visit places I had only heard about in music or seen on tv. 

Sport in America is a really big deal! They do it big. American football, baseball and basketball game are the major sports and people really follow their sports with such a passion. The atmosphere at sporting events is electrifying with the event organisers pulling off all the stops, with entertainment during the breaks. Interestingly, kiss cams are not just for the movies. 

English

Portuguese

Hello

Ola

Goodbye

Adeus

Please

Por favor

Thank you

Obrigado/Obrigada

How much?

Quantos

Do you speak English?

Voce fala Ingles?

Where is the toilet?

Onde e o banheiro

May I please have some water?

Posso por favor ter um pouco de agua?

I would like some food please

Eu gostaria de um pouco de comida por favor

Where can I get a taxi?

Onde posso pegar um taxi?

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