She works out of their New York City office but travels to Scandinavia and England on a regular basis.
What we have noticed is that many in other countries have questions about life in the United States.
They wonder what we eat, where do we live , etc.
I thought I would try to answer some of these.
|Nothing has changed since the 50's. |
Families still cook their meals
and eat at home.
Eating out is a special occasion and not something done all the time.
Breakfast is eggs or cereal for many, toast and coffee for some. It might include orange juice as well but it is usually very simple.
Lunch is a simple salad or a sandwich and some fruit.
Dinner is usually the largest meal of the day and is home cooked. It includes a meat or fish , a vegetable and a starch like potato or rice. And I think I am safe in saying this is what most people eat.
The majority do not have dessert daily.
One of her co-workers thought all Americans have people to clean their homes,etc. No, the vast majority of us clean our own homes, do our own dishes. laundry, take care of our gardens and etc.
Hollywood movies do not show real American life at all!
All Americans do not own guns and most cities are fairly safe.
There are not shootings all the time.
Most towns in America are small and very safe, very clean.
The average American home seems to be a 3 bedroom , 1 bathroom home with
Many live in apartments or condominiums which vary greatly.
The majority of people have 2 to 4 children.
By the way it takes 4 children per family to keep up a population. Only 1 or 2 will decrease population dramatically over time.
Most families own a car and if the wife also works, as most do today, they might own 2 cars.
Most families have 1 or 2 television sets and pay for cable television reception.
Many Americans speak another language besides English, usually Spanish, French or German.
Most high schools teach Spanish, French and German as 2nd language.
My school offered Russian and Latin as well.
Children begin school with Kindergarten at age 5 or 6 and go through to high school finishing at age 17 or 18.
No, Americans are not stupid as you see in some YouTube videos. Those videos are deliberately made to make fun of people. Most people are fairly intelligent.
The average American is religious with the majority being Protestant.
83% of Americans say they believe strongly in God and pray daily.
The next largest number just call themselves Christian.
The 3rd largest amount are Catholic, then Orthodox Catholic(Greek/Russian/etc).
Judaism and Islam are very small.
Jewish accounts for 2% of Americans,
Islam accounts for 1% or less.
There are 323,730,000 of us.
The majority are of Western European descent including many Hispanic people who descend from the Iberian Peninsula.(As do many Welsh by the way).
This majority also includes Eastern Europeans and people classified as "white" Hispanic.
These people account for over 85% of the population.
African Americans account for 12.3% of the population. Non-white Hispanic: 17 %, Asians 5%, multi racial: 2.4%.
45% of American adults have a university education.
22% have a partial university education.
|Harvard University, Massachusetts|
Most Americans do not go on "holiday" or vacation. Not nearly to the level that Europeans go on holiday. And we work longer hours and work weeks.
American health care is very good and people come from all over the world for care and operations.
No one can be refused hospital care because of lack of money. Charity care is always available.
Medicaid helps those with less money and medicare helps older citizens and the handicapped.
Could it be better? Sure, but free health care comes at the cost of extremely high taxes, something most would rather avoid.
Nothing is ever 'free'.
Well, we elected a black president didn't we? How racist could we be?
Many of our top leaders are black and black men and women are prominent in Congress in elected positions and are represented far beyond the 12.3% of the population. This could not happen if America were a racist nation.
Don't believe what you see in movies and television.
Are there racist people? Sure, they are in every nation. All nations and people have their share of idiots and jerks.
Our national animal is the bison or buffalo.
|American Bald Eagle|
Our national bird is the American Bald Eagle.
The national rose garden is located at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Americans love ice cream and eat more than any other nation. I hope this was of interest to someone!