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November 9, 2010
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Greetings Everyone!

This blog is written to introduce you to the culture and daily life of the United States.

Because the American society is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural one,  I will focus on the common items that transcend the many cultures and the experiences that Americans encounter in everyday life.  The society is very diverse, therefore, the blogs I write will not apply to every person, but in a general sense.  Hopefully enough information will be provided to help you imagine that "You Are There!"

 

03:05 AM Dec 15 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

*** Current Events in US ***

Undoubtedly you have heard and seen from the media some of the current events occurring in the US resulting in nationwide protests. When many Americans feel that something is not right, they will voice their opposition through various forms of protests.

Protesting is as American as apple pie; the country was founded on protesting against England and throughout the growth of the nation.

I lived through the Vietnam war era and many Americans were against the war and expressed their discontent through protesting against it. I was in high school/college at the time and that time period was very intense.

However, through it all we came through it more sensitive to things that are of a moral nature. However if protesting turns to violence, it is no longer protesting but lawlessness and some endorse piggy-backing off of legitimate protests.

Nevertheless, from the current events it is inevitable that certain laws and policy changes will be enacted to address the issue facing the nation and the loss of life from the current events will not be in vain.  

07:12 AM Oct 24 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

***Update from"The States"***

Finally the US economy is improving, some companies are beginning to hire but with a twist. Because the economy from 2009-2012 was so bad and many companies laid off workers, people was desperate for any type of job.

Therefore workers were willing to accept a salary sometimes half of what they previously were earning which brought overall wages down. But it was a two-edge sword because retailers had to bring prices down by having sales.

Now consumers are addicted to "Sales" and if it's not "On Sale" it will probably be in storage because no one is going to buy it at a regular price.

Gasoline prices are going down, down, down. Regular gasoline prices in Southern California are now averaging $3.43/gallon (0.90 cents/liter) and falling. Other states are below $3.00. The US is now producing more oil and Canada has large oil reserves that will increase oil on the market.

Younger Americans are changing the American mindset concerning cars and are using other forms of transportation, i.e. walking, skateboards, bicycles, carpooling, and public transportation.

International students (73,000+) are flocking to not only US Colleges and Universities but High Schools as well. Most are from China for academic reasons and those from Europe for cultural reasons. US schools welcome foreign students because it is profitable and it's easier to be accepted than in their home country.

Here's a link for the Chinese community in Los Angeles http://www.chineseinla.com/

With the Internet the world has become a lot smaller place.

Well that's it for "YOU ARE THERE!"

 

09:28 AM Sep 20 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

Hello Lesya, what a delight to hear from you again!  Yes, pupils are "returning home" and rightly so since Englishbaby is the best English website.  The main thing is that you are present!  Thanks and welcome home! :)

11:29 PM Sep 18 2014

kotlesya

kotlesya
Belarus

Hello, dear Alston! With my best regards to you today! 

Pupils are returning, do you see?  :-)

Because, undoubtedly this site is the warmest one, the friendliest one!  :-)))

The joy of leaning is going on :-)

03:09 PM Jul 29 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

Marice, it's so good to hear from you again, I hope you've been doing fine.

Thanks for your comments, whatever useful information you find here or wherever, use it! :)

09:56 AM Jul 29 2014

Marice.A

Marice.A
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My dear teacher.

Every time I visit your profile, I always find new and great things that can be used to improve my and others' knowledge and skills in English. Evidently, it is because of the way you blended the knowledge about the language itself and the culture of the United States, successfully made your lessons more intersting and effective to sudy. In other words you have provide us with materials having relationship with real life in USA. For example, the description of 2014 Price/Wage Statistics in the US. It is truly insightful! 

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07:38 AM Jul 22 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

2014 Price/Wage Statistics in the US

Minimum wage - Federal: $7.25/hour California: $9.00/hour  San Francisco, California: $10.74/hour

Average wage (after taxes): $3,299.32/month

House (National average): $188,900 (depends on location & size)

Automobile: 2014 Ford Focus (5 door hatchback): $19,115 (manual transmission) / $20,210 (automatic transmission)

Gasoline: $1.05/liter (unleaded regular)

Milk: $1.00/liter / $3.78/gallon

Enfamil (infant baby milk): $24.98 (629g) makes 159oz. (4.7 liters)

Eggs (12): $2.29

Rice (9kg/20lbs.): $10.46

White bread: $2.42/loaf 

Restaurant meal (average): $10.00 / Mid-range (for 2): $45.00

09:10 AM Jun 14 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

Realman, you're "THE MAN" thanks for your kind words!

09:18 AM Jun 10 2014

realman986

realman986
Iran, Islamic Republic Of

professor thank you so much,you`re  a kind person that I have ever seen,you always are within reach,and answer our questions.it`s my dream that someday talk to you and see you face to face. I ask God that give you best things in your life.praying for you always.

10:57 PM Apr 26 2014

englishteacher24/7
United States

Lesya, thank you for the birthday greeting and well-wishes, you are a very thoughtful person! :-)

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"Something The Lord Made,""Tucker: The Man And His Dream,""The Day The Earth Stood Still" (the original version in 1951), "Remember the Titans," "The Great Debaters," "The Greatest Game Ever Played," "A Raisin In The Sun," "To Sir With Love," "Seabiscuit," "Secretariat," "Anne of Green Gables, and Lincoln."

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