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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in United States?

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We asked people in United States if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"1. Respect religious and cultural differences, be mindful of personal space, and be aware that American English has some nuances which could be easily misunderstood. 2. Don't make assumptions about people's political views or beliefs. 3. Avoid offensive comments about politics, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, or sexual orientation. 4. Don't stare or point, and maintain a respectful distance from individuals you are unfamiliar with. 5. Respect the importance of privacy, and don’t make assumptions about relationships or personal histories. 6. Always ask permission before touching someone or making public displays of affection. 7. Dress appropriately when in a professional or public setting, and avoid discussing contentious topics such as religion or politics. 8. Show gratitude, and remember to wait your turn when speaking in a group," wrote a member who made the move to United States.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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