hey guys what’s up Stefanie the English
coach here from EnglishFullTime.com in this video we are going to talk about
10 things that will shock you about the USA now some of you have never been to
the USA before but others of you live here and I am from the USA so all of
this stuff is completely normal to me but when I talk with my friends and
people that I know that traveled and visited the USA for the first time they
go oh my gosh Stephanie I experienced so much culture shock there were so many
things that were different from where I’m from so that’s what I want to talk
to you guys about in this video today now a lot of this stuff is actually
going to be about observations that my husband made because he is from
Argentina originally and when he came to the USA for the first time four years
ago he made some really interesting and funny observations so I want to share
that with you guys and in another video I’ll tell you about some of the
observations I made in Argentina about how that country and culture was
different from what I knew in the USA okay now before we get started I just
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I hope you join me there as well okay let’s get into it number one of 10
things that will shock you in the USA toilet paper I know this sounds really
silly and crazy but when my husband came here one of the first places we went was
to my sister’s house and I remember he came out of the bathroom and he was like
oh my gosh the toilet paper was so soft it was like a blanket and I was just
looking at him like okay like to me that was just normal and then I thought about
it and I was like yeah you know when we were in Argentina the toilet paper
wasn’t as thick I guess okay but in the u.s. we actually have a couple words for
the kind of toilet paper that we use because a lot of it is really soft I
mean depending on how much money you spend on your toilet paper or what brand
you get or what quality you want you can get like really cheap thin toilet paper
or you can get the other kind that’s so thick and it’s like a blanket okay so
the kind that’s like a blanket we call it quilted okay a quilt is
a type of blanket you can google a picture of that if you want to see what
quilts look like but basically they call it quilted toilet paper or they might
call it something like two-ply two-ply just means that there are actually two
pieces of paper that are put together to make that toilet paper
extra soft okay all right the next thing that will probably shock you about the
USA is that the food here is extremely sweet now this is not a good thing in my
opinion because it just means that there’s a ton of sugar and unnatural
products used in our food to sweeten the food but again my husband made this
observation when he came here he made a sandwich he bit into his sandwich and he
was just like whoa why is this bread sweet like it almost tasted like dessert
to him or something but it was actually marketed as regular sandwich bread right
and you’d you don’t really normally think of bread that you use for
sandwiches as being sweet but anyhow that’s one of the problems he has with
the bread here is that it’s completely sweet and you’ll just notice that in all
kinds of food too it’s not just bread it’s also meat it’s also the sauce we
put on our food dishes there just there is just so much sugar in the food and
also there’s a lot of obesity in the USA so that’s not even on the list but
that’s another thing that might shock you when you come here and you see the
size of people okay the next thing that will probably shocked you about the USA
is that the cars here there’s such a variety okay you can go down the street
and see a Corvette here a really unique car there okay I just full disclaimer
I’m not a car person I don’t know the name of names of cars I’m like a
Corvette a Mustang but the way I talk about cars I’m like oh that’s a cute
blue car that’s a really awesome red car the way I distinguish cars is if it’s a
van or a pickup or a like four-door car a sports car that’s kind of like my
terminology for cars is limited but if you’re a person that’s really into cars
you’re gonna love driving down the freeway and seeing all the different
cars that are here okay cuz there’s just such a huge variety and I remember when
I went to Argentina and I was like okay so there’s like five
kinds of cars here I mean there’s more than that but because I was so used to
seeing such a wide variety here in the USA when I went to Argentina it just
seemed like everything was all the same okay so I don’t mean any offense by that
obviously these are just observation next number five in the USA you can do
almost anything over the phone you can make an appointment book an appointment
you know call a store and make a request put an order in ask about something or
send an email but it’s more common to just book things online like you can get
a pizza delivered to your door just by requesting one online you don’t even
have to call anymore but the reason why I’m saying this is because in so many
countries that I’ve traveled to if you want to talk with a banker or something
like that you actually have to go to the bank
stand in line wait your turn ask your question talk to the person about it get
the information that you need and then you go home in the u.s. we just don’t
want to waste any time going anywhere and asking questions when we can just
you know use the technology that we have to get the information that we need okay
number six the next thing that might shock you about the USA is that a lot of
the bathrooms here are automated I mean everything is automated the toilet
flushes on its own you have to put your hand under the soap dispenser and it
will pop out a little bit of soap for you then you wash your hands and then
you put your hands under the faucet and then the water comes on automatically
and then you can either put your hands in a drying machine what are these
called hand dryers okay you can put your hands in one of those or under one and
it’s all automated it’s like you don’t have to touch anything
and maybe that just represents that in our culture were germaphobes I don’t
know or maybe people are just you know trying to be more hygienic but this is
really interesting although it can be frustrating when something’s not working
because you’re like what’s wrong with the Machine you’re putting your hand in
you’re putting it out you’re putting it in you’re putting it out and then as
soon as you take it out then the soap Falls but it doesn’t fall on your hand
so it can be really frustrating and I guess I’m gonna have to talk a lot about
ren in this video my husband because he’s just the one
that you know shared all these observations with me and gave me these
funny stories but the first time he used a bathroom like that and realized that
he could just wave his hand in front of one of the machines that would roll out
the paper towel for him to dry his hands he was just like whoa it’s so cool now I
know there are plenty of countries around the world that are also you know
advanced in this department but plenty of them aren’t okay so some of you guys
might find this very interesting and if you visit the USA and it’s not like this
in your country then you’ll probably find it shocking okay number seven
something else that will shock you about the USA is our measuring system our
system frustrates so many people around the world because we measure length in
stuff like feet and inches and then we use Fahrenheit and it’s just so
confusing because the rest of the world is using the metric system which it’s a
great system you know you base it on the number ten everything’s really easy to
understand and in the u.s. we’re still stuck on this other system if you grow
up with our system it’s perfect it makes sense it’s great and for us when we
travel to your country and you’re on the metric system we’re like no I don’t
understand but the same thing happens to you when you come over here and you’re
just like okay it’s gonna be 80 degrees today what was that hot is that cold
what does 80 degrees even feel like right because you’re used to maybe 40
degrees Celsius being really hot anyways number eight another thing that will
probably shock you about the USA is just the sheer amount of multicultural people
that we have living here there are just so many people living here from all over
the world and in fact this is one of the reasons why you can live in the USA and
almost never have to speak English because there are subcultures that have
formed within the community for Russian speakers for Spanish
speakers for Chinese speakers and there are stores that are owned by people of
these nationalities and you can go to these stores and you can buy you know
the Russian food that you’re used to buying where you live or the Mexican
food or whatever it is and you can talk with them in your language and you can
do so many things without needing English also if you ever
make calls on an automated phone system they might ask you oh do you want this
call in a different language if you want it in Spanish press 2 if you want it in
this language press this or whatever so we have just a lot of people here living
from so many different cultures and some of my students they say hey Stephanie
I’m going to the USA but I’m gonna try my best to avoid Brazilians because I’m
with it I’m going there to practice English or I’m gonna try to avoid
Spanish speakers French speakers whatever it is because I don’t want to
speak my language I’m going to the USA to practice English since there are so
many people here from different cultures if someone sees that you’re here trying
to speak English and practice but they can hear your accent and they’re like oh
they speak Spanish so do I they might just speak to you in Spanish
because it’s easier and you might get frustrated and go no I don’t want to
speak Spanish I’m here to practice my English so anyhow if that happens just
you know stick with English and say no it’s okay I’m here to practice my
English and they’ll change back for you okay number 9 traffic laws in the USA
are very strict when I say very strict I mean you better know what the laws are
before you start driving on the streets so you don’t get a ticket okay you have
to stop fully at the stop sign wait three seconds before you start going you
can’t tailgate people you can’t drive too closely you can’t roll up slowly to
a stoplight just because it’s red and you’re trying to save momentum in your
car I mean that’s what my husband does and I’m like no just drive up to the
stoplight stop okay wait and then when it’s green then you can go he’s like but
if that’s not fuel efficient I’m like hey you know what we can’t we can you
just have to follow the rules you just have to drive how people drive here and
I know in other countries because I’ve been to plenty of them that people drive
differently all over the world some of you guys drive really crazy okay but in
the u.s. just take it slowly be calm there will be that crazy guy
every now and then that’ll cut you off or whatever but don’t give him the
middle finger unless you want to practice your curse words in English you
know but just take it slowly know that the traffic laws here are really strict
and just read up on what they are before you come okay the last thing that will
probably shock you in the USA is that everything is big things are
just big here I mean the country itself is pretty big right it’s pretty enormous
the people we already talked about it we’ve got our obesity problem so some of
us are big also cars are bigger the lanes that the cars drive in the roads
are bigger food portions are enormous they’re like offensive practically you
go out somewhere for lunch and they give you enough food for like three people
everything is just really big in the USA from the cars the lanes the houses the
people the the land itself you’ll just notice that quantities and portions are
large so anyhow what I want to know from you guys now is have you ever been to
the USA and if you have how was it different from your country how are
things done differently how are the people different what did you like what
did you not like okay feel free to share your experiences also if you’ve been
living here for a while then think back to when you first came what did you find
shocking because by now you’re probably used to everything all right so let’s
have an awesome discussion about this in the comments I look forward to reading
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