13 Etiquette Rules in the US That Surprise Tourists

13 Etiquette Rules in the US That Surprise Tourists


Our parents teach us to be polite, but what
you learned as a kid doesn’t always apply when you’re in another part of the world. So, if you’re heading to the US anytime
soon, I’ve got some tips for you on what we Americans consider the rules of etiquette
and some stuff that’s totally ok in the US that other countries might consider rude! Let’s start with my favorite: food etiquette! 1. Feel free to ask for some condiments. If you’re eating out and your food is tasting
a little bland, it’s completely fine to ask for salt, pepper, or sauces to add a little
zing to your meal. I know some places in Europe see it as an
insult to the chef if you start adding a little spice of your own, but don’t worry about
that in the US. Nobody’s gonna be offended or give you weird
looks if you ask the waiter for a bottle of ketchup. Even if you’re at someone’s house visiting,
they won’t see it as a jab to their culinary skills either. Some just like it spicier than others! 2. Always tip! Ok, well, maybe not always, but it’s a rare
occurrence if you don’t tip your waiter, hairdresser, cab driver, and so on – only
if the service was really awful. But even then, a lot of Americans feel guilty
about not leaving any tip. The rule is 15-20% of the bill, so get ready
to do some mental math each time you eat out. I’ve heard that tipping isn’t a thing
in some countries, especially in East Asia, since restaurant staff always provide good
service no matter what. But in the US, it’s simply a sign of gratitude
that your waiter did a good job, even though they’re probably tired, their feet hurt,
and they’ve got a bunch of other tables to tend to! 3. Clean up after yourself at fast food restaurants. Of course, if you’re going to the States,
I imagine a lot of your eating out will be done in fast food joints. You’ll see a lot more of those than your
traditional “sit and be served by a waiter” types of places. But anyway, if you’ve finished eating and
your tray is now full of wrappers, used napkins, and empty boxes, take it to the trashcan and
dispose of the garbage yourself. Most fast food places don’t have a separate
cleaning staff for that. It’s pretty much always the cashier that
needs to find time between ringing people up to go clean up in the dining area. So, we try to help them out a bit and clean
up after ourselves! 4. Open gifts immediately in front of the giver. I was pretty surprised when I found out that
opening a gift as soon as you get it is considered bad manners in certain parts of the world. I guess some cultures see it as kinda greedy
when you start tearing into a present right away. (Others)In the US, it’s pretty much the
opposite – open it as soon as you get it, right in front of the giver. That way, they can see your reaction, and
you can thank them right there on the spot! There are also no rules about using both hands
or a certain hand when giving or receiving a gift. (gifts) Just grab it and open it already! 5. Be ready for small talk. “How about that game last night?” “Brr, when’s this weather gonna let up
already?” Yes, Americans love small talk, so don’t
be surprised if a stranger just starts chatting with you while you’re waiting in line or
sharing an elevator. It could be sports, the weather, traffic – anything
just to have a short light conversation.(pets, people, cars, Life, space) I can’t really
say why we like talking to people we don’t even know. But, I mean, if you’re sharing a space with
someone, are you just gonna totally ignore their presence? That’d be awkward… Oh yeah, and you’ll get asked how you’re
doing a lot, even by strangers! It’s usually waiters and cashiers that’ll
greet you with a “Hi, how are you today?” Just answer with a “Fine, and you?” even if
you’re not exactly having a fantastic day! 6. Expect a lot of smiles. First of all, let me bust the myth that Americans
constantly walk around smiling ear-to-ear. Nobody does that because that’d be weird. But, again, if you’re sharing a space and
making small talk with a stranger or maybe someone opens or holds the door for you, they’ll
smile at you, and it’s polite if you do the same. Cashiers and waiters also greet you with a
big friendly smile. I read somewhere that this goes back to our
early history as a country built by people who all spoke different languages. They didn’t understand each other all-that
well, so they just smiled! But I still think we just like to be open
and kind! 7. Respect the bubble. Now, here’s a pretty funny thing about Americans. We’re friendly, we love to chat, but we
also really like our personal bubble! The unspoken rule is to stand about an arm’s
length away when you’re talking with someone. We’re also not too big on touching during
conversation because this can be misconstrued as a way of flirting. Of course, the rule doesn’t apply with close
friends and family, but still, even then, most Americans aren’t too touchy-feely. 8. And definitely no kissing! I know in countries like Spain and France,
people often greet each other with a peck or two on the cheek. There might be some Americans who greet the
European way, but overall, we don’t kiss each other as a way to say hi. Again, my personal bubble is my sanctuary,
so don’t come in it with puckered lips ablazing! (kiss,kiss,kiss) It’s best to just say hi,
smile, and keep it at that! 9. Being loud is (usually) ok. The stereotype of the loud American tourist
might ring true most of the time since we tend to project our voices, even out in public. It’s not that we’re yelling all the time,
but I’d say we certainly speak louder than people in Europe or Asia. I’ve gotten some friendly reminders to take
it down a few decibels when visiting my friends abroad. But, hey, if you’re ever in the States,
feel free to laugh out loud or get particularly animated while telling a joke. But, of course, there’s a time and a place
for that. You still have to hush down in places like
libraries! 10. Indirectness is politeness. So, here’s the thing about Americans. A direct “No, I don’t want or like that”
is seen as pretty rude. BUT (!) if an American gives you a polite,
“No thanks, I’d rather not” or “I don’t think that’s the best idea,” that
doesn’t mean that they’re on the fence about it. “No” means “no” even if it’s said
indirectly and super politely. It’s frowned upon to try and convince someone
to do something or change their mind because it’s seen as pushy and disrespectful to
their wishes. 11. Sit in the backseat of a cab. This is something interesting I found out
about Australia and New Zealand. There, it’s considered rude to take the
backseat of a cab because it’s almost like you’re showing that you expect to be chauffeured
by someone who’s “lower” than you. Don’t worry about that in the US. In fact, you should ride in the backseat because
the driver might give you a weird look otherwise. It’s not an elitist thing, and you can still
make friendly small talk from the back. Just respect the driver’s personal bubble,
that’s all! 12. Feel free to keep your shoes on inside. I had a friend from Russia recently ask me,
“Why is it that in all American movies, people are walking around their house with
their shoes on?!” And I just told him straight-up, “Because
that’s what we do!” Now, there are plenty of families here that
have a “No Shoes Indoors” policy, although I’d say the majority don’t. So, here’s a good rule of etiquette to live
by if you ever visit an American’s home: when you walk in, ask if you should take your
shoes off at the door. If they say, “Nah, you’re ok,” don’t
feel bad about walking around their house in your shoes. I know it seems bizarre to most people around
the world, but it’s a-ok here! 13. It’s ok to keep it casual! Overall, I’d say the biggest thing about
Americans is that most of us are pretty casual and laid-back. If you’re ever out and about in the US,
you’ll see a lot of people running errands in sweatpants, gym shorts, baseball caps,
or even their PJs! But it’s not just about clothes either – we
often keep it on a first-name basis even with people that are generally referred to more
formally in other countries. For example, most of the time, your boss is
just Jim or Janet, not Mr. or Mrs. Jones. You might start off more formally, but I guarantee
you that person will say right off the bat, “Call me Jim!” Now what would be weird — is if their name
isn’t Jim. Maybe it’s Howard or Benny. Then what you say is “Hey, call me a cab!” So, are any of these Americanisms different
or the same in your country? And to all my fellow Americans, can you add
anything to the list? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
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100 Comments

  1. Wow. The narrator's speech is soooooooooooo slow that I almost fell asleep. It makes even the most interesting vid unbearably boring. Of course, one can always speed it up, but that's still a bother.

  2. The most important habit you forgot, eating and cutting at the table and leaving your left hand under the table when eating is EXTREMELY rude in Europe!

  3. 15-20% for tips? I'm on a number of forums for servers and on those anyone in the US who tips less than 30-40% is seen as stiffing the server.

  4. 5 and six are b.s.. they don't like small talk nor smiling and they think because we don't come from there they can try to make feel we need to tip extra. How can you say my bubble stay out but state if we close enough to your space let's chit chat really 🤔🤨 How about you state what you mean simple.

  5. I see people in the front seat of a cab all the time. In terms of formality, African/Americans tend to be formal with Miss, etc.

  6. I am left handed. The majority of Americans don’t even notice or care. I heard in some countries it is rude to eat with your left hand. I would never visit those countries.

  7. My comment from Austria

    Feel free to ask for some condiments – possible for spicies – ketchup only for Hamburger etc
    Always tip!We do a lot of round up , good tips are give if really good service was given.
    Clean up after yourself at fast food restaurants – we do that to
    Open gifts immediately in front of the giver – mostly done that all presents are open at the same time eg for birthday parties.
    Be ready for small talk – we like to talk about real things and if you want to know how I feel you will get all details
    Expect a lot of smiles – I had the fake US smiles
    Respect the bubble – you are either on distance or close friends
    No kissing! Kissing for greetings on both sides quite often, real kiss to your BF of course too
    Being loud is (usually) – dont over do it.
    Inderectness is politeness – Viennese people are really direct.
    Sit in the backseat of the cab , you can sit in the front or back in taxis in Vienna
    Feel free to keep your shoes on inside – don´t do that
    It's ok to keep it casual! at least try a bit

  8. 'We're friendly, smile a lot'….. And we also have guns. Not exactly a friendly and welcoming country

  9. When I grew up in the South East family and friends who were with family came in at the side or back door. We had a rack there for our shoes and a towel to wipe off our feet if we weren't wearing any. Formal visitors or salespeople came in the front door and were never asked to take their shoes off though we might ask if we could hang up their coat or hat. The taking shoes off thing was strictly due to cleanliness.

  10. Never get to close to a person who is entering their debit card PIN into a scanner. In fact find a different direction to look.

  11. No, Hollywood walks around with their shoes on bc they don’t bother to waste the time on screen to take them off. The same way they don’t take the time to end conversations on the phone. Real people in the US say goodbye on the phone and take their shoes off.

  12. I'm American and all these things seem normal to me! 😂 I guess things are different in other countries. Who knew!?!

  13. Not completely accurate, it depends on the area of the U.S. you are in. Do tip, no matter where you are. Wait staff in the U.S. gets paid poorly, they need tips to make up for that. It's a good idea to ask the gift giver if they would like you to open their gift. Depending on the region of the U.S. it can be considered rude to just tear into it. As far as taking off shoes, do so unless you are specifically told not to. Carpets and flooring are expensive, keeping them clean hard work. On being loud, just because it's common doesn't mean it's appreciated. Weigh the room. In most states you are required to ride in the back of the cab for safety reasons.

  14. Indeed it is so easy to have a chat in the USA – i love it. I can add a rule in the restaurant: In the USA you are expected to pay and leave the restaurant after having finished the meal… not so here: you are allowed to stay there, sit and talk without ordering anything new. I am from Austria 🙂

  15. I live in the US…. Another suggested rule of etiquette is: Generally avoid talking about or outwardly displaying or celebrating political or religious opinions, or stereotypical roles people play, especially lately. Many Americans are hypersensitive about these topics and will take offense if your perspective does not coincide with theirs. This is good advice when interacting with strangers as well as family and friends. There are plenty of other topics you can discuss that are far less likely to result in misunderstandings or angry retorts.

  16. I'd add interrupting in conversation- try to avoid that in the US, let the person taking their turn talking. I've been to other countries where interrupting is commonplace, but not as much in the US

  17. I'm British and get told off by other Brits for doing these things, especially talking to strangers and talking too loudly.

  18. I’m English and we hate it when people don’t queue properly we huff and puff but won’t say anything.
    We don’t greet people with a kiss either .
    We don’t usually tip anyone its just not something we do.

  19. Im from Austria and we starre when we ride the Bus at other People with out recognizing it self. And I personally only found it out because my english teacher told us that someone in a Bus in the us once shoutat at her stop starring. And when she came back to Austria she was recognizing that really everybody is starring at someone else in the Bus.

  20. Some tourists from other countries are surprised that many Americans believe in bathing daily. No joke. One of my college associates said that his Greek roommate asked him , with some concern, after awhile, if he, the American, had a disease when he noticed that his American roommate bathed daily. Also, many nationals from other countries do not consider it normal to return to school for further education. Due to how many foreign education systems work, it is difficult if not impossible financially for people who drop out of school to return, and it is apparently frowned upon to try to go back, rather than going straight through from the primary education years. One Ghanaian National whom I met shared with me that he knows it is standard for people to return to school as adults here. He said that if someone said that they were going back to school, in his country, they would literally ask the student if he/she was crazy.

  21. Here in Canada there are some slight differences. Most people I know will ride in the front of the cab if they are alone and in the back if they are with someone. If there are three people, someone will ride in the front. Most people I know remove their shoes before going into a house, and smoking in a house is frowned upon unless you are invited to do so. Many Canadians will also tip fast food workers, especially in coffee shops, but generally not as much as wait staff. It is generally considered polite here to offer to help clean up if you have been invited to someone's house for a meal. And yes, we are very polite – please and thank you is a must – and yes, we do say "sorry" and "excuse me" a lot. Great video!

  22. Interesting explaining about the tip, more classically it is about low wages that make it a needing to be compensated by customers to balance up into a Liveable income for the employee.
    In my country tips might happen at a bar or restuarant if you want to but it is not mandatory.

  23. Here’s something I was a bit baffled at when visiting the us: employees telling customer’s How are you today?..,.
    But not Actually expecting a answer, might as well had said just Hi/Hello.
    Not always the case ofc with not actually Asking but still.

  24. Germany here. Most of the list is quite different here. No smalltalk with strangers or at official places like work or the grocery store. It‘s okay with friends.

    No tipping here expected. If you like to, tip 5-10%.

    Friends usually hug each other when meeting, otherwise it‘s shaking hands but we usually never kiss.

    Shoes in the house is handled differently so you better ask. Some people want you to take your shoes off, some don’t care. You would probably put your shoes off any time unasked if it‘s not heavy sunshine outside.

    Open the gift right in front of the giver is common here too. However, if the party is a big one (like your 30th, 40th…) and you get some big special gifts it‘s totally okay to put them aside and open them later or the next day, on your own.

    Cleaning your table isn’t common here which depends on the fact we don’t have these fast food diners here often. And even if we have you would not need to clean up. However, most people will take their tablet and ask the cashier where to put it, to be polite. McDonalds or Burger King have their trash bins and somehow expect you to clean your table before you leave but you won’t get any weird looks if you don’t.

  25. I think the shoes in the house thing is a result of our frontier heritage, long ago many Americans had dirt floors or rough hewn wood floors in their cabins or farmhouses and going bare footed wasn’t very practical.

  26. Very good and accurate. I find none of the pointers about Usians inaccurate (I am leaving out Canadians, Mexicans, and Central Americans because they have their own ways). Perhaps just in California, many try to violate the personal space rule with acquaintances in congregations, such as churches, social clubs, casual business environments, etc. people are hugging and kissing all the time. I HATE IT! It’s just awkward, and if you try to conform to the custom and hug a person unexpectedly, and she freezes up, you both feel like fools! Seems simple to me: TOUCH NOBODY (outside a handshake) BUT FAM AND INTIMATE FRIENDS!

  27. I’m in England and I HATE it when strangers (cold calls usually) ask ‘How are you today?’ Or when anyone says ‘Have a nice day’. Ugh!!!!

  28. The gift giving etiquette offered on here is selfish and rude. And I'm American. I've also worked service industry, and think it's complete trash we are not paid normal wages, but rely on the kindness of patrons to pay us. Honestly, I think all of these are garbage. Being loud in public is rude and annoying. It can be insulting to ask for sauces to cover up cooking someone put their heart into for company. It's acceptable in cheap restaurants, but not nicer establishments to drown the food. I feel like this was written by someone with no self respect that comes from a backwoods po dunk town where everyone shops and dines at walmart.

  29. #1 Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone for any reason ever, no matter what, no matter where, or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you’ve been…ever, for any reason whatsoever…

  30. These rules actually show how much Americans love to express themselves and also how much they love life 😁

  31. i actually like them to open the gifts i gave immediately so i could see the reaction. but in my country, it's considered rude to open gifts infront of the giver. well, that's what my grandma told me. i don't really to follow that.

    about number 10, i completely agree. i just answer truthfully. it's never because bcz I'm a bad person. i just don't want to. idk… if it's common for asians to feel touchy about this but most people i met gets touchy. sometimes they even get angry at me for turning them down when they asked for help when i was literally just woke up from sleep and still unaware of the surroundings

  32. I am from the Netherlands. And when greeting family and family friends, we kiss 3 times. Close friends we hug.
    We do tip waiters and waitresses (15% is normal).
    Most restaurant tables have already pepper and salt on it. it is not considered rude to ask for pepper or salt when it is not on the table.
    We open gifts immediately.
    We love our personal space, so we also have that bubble thing here in the Netherlands.
    Some people like small talk other's don't. I only have small talk with elderly people (since most of them are lonely and they really appreciate it if you take a couple of minutes to have small talk with them). It is not very common to start a conversation with random people in the elevator.
    we do not smile all the time.
    We can be pretty loud. I have no idea if we are louder than other european people.
    Before entering someone's house it is considered polite to ask whether you should take your shoes off or not. At my house guests can keep them on but we take our shoes off.
    I never take the cab so I have no idea whether we sit in the front or the back. I think in the back, because we like our personal space. but i am not sure…
    We do not wear PJs outside. Our clothing can be pretty casual. We often keep it on a first-name basis. However, when speaking to your boss or people who are significantly older than you, it is considered polite to use their last name (chances are high that they will immediately say that you can use their first name).

    So overall, we are more direct and kiss three times 😉

  33. #11 is also a safety thing, its to prevent unwarranted accusations of forwardness and other possible dangers. With the urban legends we have of cab drivers murdering passengers or passengers murdering cab drivers its just sensible to sit in the back.

  34. Hawaii – remember- is in the US
    Many people there do not wear shoes inside
    Look for a shoe rack by the door

  35. American here. A note about shoes in the house to my foreign friends: nobody will think it’s weird if you remove your shoes unprompted. Some of us remove our shoes as well. My partner is from India and we are a no-shoes household. Nobody will think it’s strange to remove your shoes, so feel free!

  36. You've missed the mark advising people to feel free to ask for ketchup. No it is an insult to the chef. Especially in someone's home.

  37. Even at restaurants where you don't clean up after yourself, stack your plates and silverware and glasses Etc. So that they are easier to carry away.

  38. People in the United states are used to tip waiters and waitresses because of an awful reason, not because they're polite. They didn't have a salary back then and most of them were black people. You should do your research.

  39. Look at the other person on how to be greated I will hug my friends (when they are not at work) with a hello and a good bye hug.

  40. Good tips! I would add that we respect people in line; don’t shove ahead just because you can. Also my European friends were surprised that they’d show up for dinner at a friend’s house, then have drinks and appetizers instead of eating dinner right away.

  41. Since when did any American born in the US every hold a door open for you? I lived in the States and when following somebody into a store almost always had the door close in my face. If somebody did hold the door it was usually a foreigner or recent immigrant. As for tipping this should be in order to express gratitude for good service not to supplement their poor wages. The bosses should be obliged by law to pay a minimum wage as happens in almost all civilised country.

  42. I’m from England and have been in quite a lot of states. I found in general people were different depending on where they live ( similar here) some people in one particular state were very rude , entitled and thought they were better than everyone else yet in another state I met the loveliest friendly people so these things must vary ?

  43. small talk in Finland is very uncommon in busses or lines or anywhere. And I must say I am happy about that; when I wait for the buss in the mornings,or in a waitingroom to the doctor,or waiting in the bank-line,I don't want to talk with strangers!! It gives me nothing!! I want to be by myself with my own thoughts! BUT, I always talk with old people if they seem to want to talk because many of them are so lonely and have noone to talk to so I'm happy if I can keep up little smalltalk with them.

  44. Americans are really loud! 😄but funny..
    To go to bars is a challenge…just extremely loud! I don’t know how they have a conversation.. I don’t understand anything!
    I still love them! 😄

  45. Lol at number 10 cuz even American's take that as being on the fence if you don't just straight up say no.

  46. I was once on my way home on a train. There were foreigners on that train. I guess they were english, not american, but they were sooo loud. The last sentence I still remember was: "This is where we fu***ng need to get off." (They saw a decorated christmas tree). It is not normal to speak loudly and play music on a train here. Is talking, singing, playing music on a train in England/the US normal?

  47. So these are the features of Americabs means…..a bunch of refugees for last decades. Why didn't mention about increasing crime and racism? Not only buble they like smell of petroleum… Haha. I went USA for tourism, expensed lot of money, so Its help for their tourism business. No obligation to understand them.

  48. When I come home I always take off my shoes and will at your home also unless it is weird for you because:
    1. I'm from an island
    2. I have to wear shoes to work where I spend too much of my time in shoes

  49. It's always the nastiest waiters that ask for the most tip at restaurants. And as someone who lives in the U.S. I don't think Americans aren't that friendly as this video says lol

  50. I live in Europe and people don't respect you personal bubble and i hate it. I hate all touchy fellings. Like when my friends hug me and i don't like it and felling is akward.

  51. Born and raised.

    The first time I heard about other countries not opening gifts in front of the entire birthday party, I though it was very strange.

    But soon realized that doing so is actually extremely tacky. Pretty sure that if I had kids, we would open them after the party.

    One on one is a little different. I'm usually just dying to know what it is and so excited, lolz, and no one has ever minded, at least as far as I could tell.

  52. I have heard that in some other countries they don't queue up and wait their turn in a line. Definitely rude to jump ahead in line in the US.

  53. Never been outside of the USA, but I'd never open a gift upon receiving it, if at a party/event centered around gift giving. (Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Housewarming, bridal/baby showers) However, wouldn't hesitate if the gift is unique to that situation, like someone brings a gift and nobody else did. (Gave my friends souvenirs from a vacation I'd taken, when we finally got together. I discretely pulled those I had gifts for, aside so as not to make a show in front of guests who weren't getting anything. They opened the gifts as I gave them, and it was totally normal.)

  54. Um, aren't you basically paying a cab driver to chauffeur you around? I would feel disrespectful jumping into the front seat of a cab. As if I don't trust their driving or professionalism.

  55. Not all Americans are ok with shoes indoors and a good clue is if you see a bunch stacked near the entry. But even if we are ok with shoes in the house it’s extremely rude to track mud and snow and refuse in on your shoes. If you step in something gross before entering a home always wipe your feet on the welcome mat and ask your host for help with cleaning up your shoes. They will be happy to lend you cleaning supplies, even a spare pair to wear rather than have you track yuck across their home.

  56. Also not all Americans are chatty or smiley. Don’t be offended. We have places where people are more reserved. In the northeast and some major cities throughout the country it is polite to acknowledge the existence of others on the street non verbally and leave them alone. Engaging in conversation can be taken wrong.
    In the south and the center of the country it is extremely rude to not say hello even to a complete stranger.

  57. Some Americans can be very direct and that may be abrasive to folks from other countries. But by the same token, we have certain topics you can’t just talk about directly or maybe at all unless you are socially intimate with someone. So you need to feel out wether it’s ok to ask or talk about something personal.

  58. If you see a person in public talking animatedly to themselves as if there was another person there; never answer back. Chances are this person is delusional or on drugs.

  59. I think you missed someone. …,.deaf and blind.
    I find blind people tend to place there hand on the person talking with them and deaf tend to step back and focus on the person talking.
    I noticed strangers take offense to this and also tend to speak louder and slower.

  60. Lol. I’m from Pakistan and I guess most of the things done in 🇺🇸 are similar to wat we do in our country
    Lol…. I can’t stop laughing .
    There are few differences like we don’t call boss by his name. Etc but rest
    We Are Super loud . 😆

  61. I’m American and my best friend who’s from Slovakia said it’s weird how in English speaking countries it’s not impolite to refer to people with pronouns instead of their names

  62. I dont really love small talk…
    Gifts, yes. Unless it's a birthday party or wedding, when there's a set time for opening, it's okay to open it right away.

  63. Hey Bright Side! A recycle ♻ bin is NOT a trash can! Don't give people the wrong idea that it's "okay" to throw your trash into recycling bins. Items must be clean and sorted, i.e. paper, plastic, etc. unless it's designated for all recyclables. If a bin gets "contaminated" with food waste the contents CANNOT be recycled and goes to the landfill instead which defeats the whole recycling effort. 😠

  64. One more thing too add is that it is actually impossible to visit the entirety of the US in one trip. In fact, it's impossible to visit the entirety of one US STATE in one trip!

  65. Idk about #9. There always seems to be that one person in a bar or restaurant who just has to be louder than everyone else, but the majority dislike that one person. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, people are typically practically shouting at each other, even inside the house. 😉 ✌️

  66. In Canada we never open gifts when they're handed to us, unless there is only one. We wait and open them all at once, thanking the giver then.

  67. Well, i'm portuguese and personal space is really important too. It's usual to give 2 kisses in the cheek, but i don't feel confortable. Sometimes people feel ofended by my behavior and say to me that i think they're groose and that's not the case. In Portugal you can wear shoes inside home, but we choose not to do it! ☺️☺️☺️🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹

  68. I think the talking to strangers thing is regional. I live in Southern CA and we do not talk to each other unless absolutely necessary.

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