United States Cross Culture – Dining Etiquette
Table manners is the most important thing in the corporate world. You might even lose a deal or win one with these. Thats why its important we study cross culture. For starter lets get to know what’s on the table.
1] US Cross Culture : Holding The Utensils Correctly
American style also called “Switch and Switch” style or the “zigzag method”, Initially, the fork is held in the left hand, tines facing down. The Knife is held in the right hand. After the knife is used to cut food, it is set down on the plate and fork is then switched to the right and while eating.
2] US Cross Culture : Resting Signal
When talking, drinking or excusing yourself from the table, set your fork so that tines are facing up and balance the knife on the right side of your plate.
3] US Cross Culture : Finished Signal
When you have finished eating, the knife and fork are placed side by side on the right side of the plate, fork tines face up the knife parallel with the blade facing in.
Well, I am getting late now, I will tell about other elements of dining etiquette in our next call.
4] US Cross Culture : Like and Dislike
5] US Cross Culture : Passing Etiquette
Food should be passed to the right but the point is for the food to be moving in only one direction.
6] US Cross Culture : Salt and Pepper Etiquette
Always pass salt and pepper together. If a person asks for just one, pass both anyways.
7] Few Things to Avoid
- Do not chew food with your mouth open
- Never speak with a full mouth
- Avoid resting elbows on the table while eating
- Don’t stuff your mouth full of food
- Don’t push your plate when you have finished eating
- Don’t slouch sit straight up
United States – Seasons
Sessions in the USA differ to that in India. The sessions vary in northern and southern hemispheres. There are 4 seasons in USA.
Spring – March, April, May
Summer – June, July, August
Autumn/Fall – September, October, November
Winter – December, January, February
So many specific activities are associated with seasons
Spring – Celebrate easter, grow various types of plants etc
Summer – Go on vacation, go hiking, camping, take road trips etc
Autumn/fall – Celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving, harvest vegetables etc
Winter – Go skilling, ice skating, celebrate Christmas and New Year etc
United States – Time Zones
India is about 9.5 hours Ahead of Washington, DC, USA
There are 6 time zones in the USA
- Hawaii Time
- Alaska Time
- Pacifica Time
- Mountain Time
- Central Time
- Eastern Time
If the person live in new jersey – Eastern Time Zone, 9.5 hours behind Indian standard time
If the people live in Houston, Texas – Texas has 2 times zones. Texas also has the Mountain Standard Time.
They follow day light saving time as well,
During summer, the run stays up for a longer time than usual and sets late in the evening. To make better use of daylight time, certain countries advance the time by a hour at the start of the summer and adjust back an hour during the autumn.
Day light saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. on the local time on Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November at 2:00 a.m.
Most area of the united states observe day light saving time, the exceptions being Arizona, Hawaii and the overseas territories of American, Samoa, Guam, the northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Islands.
US Cross Culture : Currency
As you know the Dollar (US$) is official currency of America it is most used currency in international transactions.
1 Dollar = 100 cents
1 Quarter = 25 cents
1 Dime = 10 cents
1 Nickel = 5 Cents
1 Penny = 1 cent
Coins are usually made of copper and zinc or nickel. Currency paper (also called as bill) is composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton.
One of the most interesting festivals, Halloween is celebrated on October 31st
Children dress up in scary costumes like ghost, witch, or like that of fairies, cartoon characters, etc After it gets dark children walk through neighborhoods asking for candies. Asking for candies, placing lit candles in the hollowed out pumpkins with carved faces outside the houses is a popular Halloween tradition.
The next is Thanksgiving, one of the major holidays; It is celebrated on fourth Thursday in November. On this day people reunite with their families, Thanksgiving dinner consist of turkey with stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, sweet potato and pumpkin pie.
The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, during which is biggest sales of the year occur. It is the official start of the Christmas shopping season.
Christmas is the biggest festival of the year. People decorate Xmas trees and their houses with lights. You may see animal models like reindeers lit up in front yards.
It’s fun to celebrate festival with family. Be it in India or in the U.S
US Cross Culture: Indian English Vs American English
Let discuss with some commonly used Indian and American words, I have provided in two columns
|bank holiday||Legal holiday|
|past performance||track record|
|at the rate of @||At|
|the needful||whats necessary|
|clever||smart or bright|
|PIN code||ZIP code|
|to dispatch||to ship|
|to repair||to fix|
|IBM compatible||IBM clone|
I am sure that above provided words definitely useful to you when you stay in America or India.
Let’s go with some of commonly used Indian and American words related to transportation, check I have provided in two columns
|car parking||parking lot|
|return ticket||round trip|
|take a lift||get a ride|
|number plate||license plate|
|car accelerator||gas pedal|
Above provided words definitely useful to you when you stay in America or India.
Let’s go with some of commonly used Indian and American words related to telephonic communication, check I have provided in two columns
|personal call||person to person|
|put the phone down||hang up/disconnect|
|STD code||area code|
I am sure my readers will get more clarity about Indian and American words while conversation.