Living the American dream
March 2, 2017
Are you planning to move from Saudi Arabia to the USA? Are you still hesitating about how the life there will be? We have asked to expats living in the USA, the best tips for newcomers. Here, the top ones:
1. Start learning Spanish!
The more south you move, the more likely you can find people talking in Spanish. This is due to the large amount of immigration coming from Mexico and other South American countries. However, don’t get scared: most of the Latin-Americans speak English daily and they only speak Spanish with the family and with other Spanish speakers. However, it can be a good opportunity to learn the second most spoken language of the world!
2. Tip, always!
In the USA, workers such as taxi drivers, waitresses or hairdressers earn a considerable amount of their salary through tips. Thus, tipping is an essential part of the services. Tips in USA are normally between 10-20% of the service price and if you are paying with card, it is likely that you will find an empty space on the ticket to write the amount that you would like to give as a tip.
3. Get used to compliments!
Americans are open and friendly, even with people who they don’t know much. They love to give compliments (for the good work, clothes…). Get used to it as you will hear them frequently! And start practising on give some to your colleagues!
4. If you say “feel yourself at home”, you have to really mean it!
If you are inviting someone over and you say “feel yourself at home”, be sure that you really mean it. Otherwise, you might find your guest suddenly going to your fridge and grabbing another drink without asking!