Football, Super Bowl & Small Talk in the USA

Small talk about sports is common in American workplaces. Today, I ask Matt Wade a few questions about [American] football and the Super Bowl, which happens on the first Sunday every February. Who is playing? Super Bowl 54- yet to be determined.   Where can I watch it in the U.S. and in India? It […]

7 Ways to Start Conversations in American English

Some foreigners in the US learning English hesitate to start conversations with native US English speakers. If you can relate to this, this post is for you. I’d like to share some common questions you can ask your American colleagues, classmates or friends to start conversations.   7 Ways To Make Small Talk and Start […]

I am a Transplant – and other “Expat-Related” Terms

“I am transplant.” This seems to be a common sentence used in introductions in the US out West based on my experience. In fact, on one of the first meetup hikes I attended in Salt Lake City hosted by Utah Outdoors (my photo at the top of Living Room hike, below),  I heard this discussion, […]

Things to Do When Visiting Las Vegas on Work

I know all too well that when one travels for work, it sometimes feels too hectic to do local travel in addition to the client meetings, conferences, and tradeshows. However, coming to Las Vegas may be a different ballgame altogether, especially if you can add a few extra leisure day- categorizing your travel as bleisure! […]

Names and Uses of American Coins

There are four coins that are mainly circulated in the US. If you are planning to visit the USA or move here as an expat, knowing the names and uses of American coins is helpful. What are the common coins in the USA?  A dime, which is ten cents is a smaller coin than a […]

American Culture Quiz for Expats

Do you want to test your US culture knowledge? We have created this American culture quiz for expats which is based on the information we teach you in our Work and Live in the USA expat relocation preparation program.    Ready to go to the USA? Take this American Culture Quiz for Expats If you […]

My US Colleague Does Not Answer The Phone – WHY?

I call my US colleague, but he does not answer the phone? Is he ignoring me? Why is it so hard to get a hold of him?   And, from what I hear, when many Indians get the voice mail, they just hang up. This is not always the best answer to the situation. Voice […]

American Sports: What is Baseball?

As the weather in the United States warms in late May, baseball becomes a popular topic of conversation.  Summer and baseball are a perfect marriage.  So, if you are soon to engage an American in conversation, a timely subject would be baseball and the World Series.  Arial View of the Baseball Diamond (Playing Field) 1. […]

USA State Birthdays

While July 4, 1776 was the birthday of the nation we know as the United States of America, did you know that not even one state was officially a U.S. state until 1787?     Sixteen (16) states were formed between 1787 and 1796 (before 1800).  Twenty-nine (29) states were formed in the 1800s. The […]

Things to do on Presidents Day

Maybe as Presidents Day approaches, people at work ask each other, “Doing anything fun for Presidents Day?” Actually, that question sounds a little funny to me, as when growing up in Central New York, I doubt anyone used to say that. I never heard it anyhow. But, it seems to be a growing trend now […]

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