Post # 1
Hi! I certainly don’t want this to get controversial…but I am a Canadian teaching English in France. Right now I have a student in her 30’s who is going to NY soon for a two-week immersion in order to learn more English but also to get more acquainted with the culture. She’s asked me what to expect. Can you tell me some interesting things about this area of the states? Can you tell me about HR culture? Taboo topics to avoid? Social customs? Perhaps even, what do you think about French people?
She’s curious, and I’ve tried to give her what information I can, but I’m sure you can do an even better job! Let’s have it:) I’ll show her this thread tomorrow, it will be a good exercise for her English too.
Post # 3
Tipping is not included in the states and should be added in most dining situations (other than fast food, but even then it’s appreciated).
From the friendships I’ve made with people from France and the French side of Switzerland I never really picked up a lot of cultural differences.
Post # 4
New York City or somewhere in the rest of the state? There can be quite a difference.
Post # 5
Hmmm…one thing to avoid would be asking someone about how much money they make. While that’s unacceptable in the United States, questions about salaries aren’t as rude in Europe. I actually had DBF ask me if questions along those lines were taboo (and unlike your student, he’s lived in the US for most of his life).
Other than that and the tipping advice, I can’t think of antything else. I hope your student enjoys her trip! 🙂
Post # 6
@FrenchNewlyWed: Aside from tipping, I don’t think she is going to experience culture shock here. She will probably make out fine. If she is going to New York, purchase a Lonely Planet New York guide and read the back about the things you’re not supposed to do in New York City.
Post # 7
I think in NYC it’s weird to make eye contact/smile/talk to a stranger. In smaller places it seems acceptable, but not there really.
Post # 8
Avoid discussing politics, religion, or money 😉
Post # 9
Thanks ladies! My student was very pleased to see the answers. She says that she might start coming on this forum too!
Post # 10
if you decide on giving any money to the homeless DONT stay and talk, some are really creepy and may have mental issues – i had one chase me down the street – I live in New Jersey and we have a lot of homeless and i often give them food (never any money) because of my NY experience
if your unsure of anything just stay quiet and watch what others do…most people are very rude and with bump into you with out saying excuse me, they may even bump you and yell at you because you didnt move out of their way…NY is tough some times..
OH wear your purse over your chest instead on your one shoulder and pay attention to people who may want to mug you!
NY isn’t that bad but if your not looking for it…they seek out people who don’t know any better…iv seen it a few times in person i try to stay away from NY
Walk with people at traffic lights! wait for the crowd of people to walk.
we don’t smoke inside buildings, some places even have “smoking sections”