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Semper Fi
Latin “semper fidelis” meaning “always faithful” -- spoken in the US Marine Corps as a connection that acknowledges another marine
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In American culture we naturally walk ...

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In American culture we naturally walk to the right side when passing by each other.

Even on trails, people tend to follow the 'walk to the right side' etiquette when hiking or riding bikes. 

Conversation:

In American culture we often say ...

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In American culture we often say “bless you” or

Conversation:

Person 1:  Achoo ... !  

Person 2:  Bless you!

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In American culture we remind everyone ...

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In American culture we remind everyone that if you see something, say something. (Report to an officer of the law any person or situation that 'just doesn’t look right'.)

I have taught all my children, “If you see something, say something.”  That way we can keep everyone more safe.

In American culture we respect our ...

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In American culture we respect our elders.

Can I help you go down the stairs, grandpa?  Here ... hold my arm.

In American culture we respond ...

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In American culture we respond to an invitation (RSVP) and if we have to cancel, we try to do so at least 24 hrs. ahead of time.

I'm excited that I've been invited to my friend's baby shower.  I'll confirm that I'm coming ASAP.

In American culture we say ...

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In American culture we say 'thank you' a lot.

Conversation:

Joe: I just finished fixing your dishwasher, so you shouldn't have anymore problems.

Kathi: That's great. Thank you.

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In American culture we shake ...

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In American culture we shake hands in many situations: being hired, congratulating, greeting, meeting someone, and more.

Conversation:

Boss:  Congratulations on your new baby girl!  

(shaking hands)

Employee:  Thanks so much.

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In American culture we shorten ...

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In American culture we often shorten words and names, especially in conversations.

I'll be a little late 'cause (because) I'm 'gonna' (going to) meet my friend, Will (William) at school first.

In American culture we smile ...

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In American culture we smile -- a lot.

I smile all the time, and I even try to smile at people when I don't especially feel like it.  I think smiling is healthy.

In American culture we stand ...

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In American culture we stand in lines at a comfortable distance from the person in front of us.

I don't like it when someone standing behind me gets too close.  It makes me feel uncomfortable.