American culture

American behavior

Learn some things to say and do so you can adjust to American culture and behavior. Read more

American values

Read about the things that are important to Americans, such as independence, privacy and equality. Read more

Talking and Communicating

Americans talk in a direct way. This means they tell you what they think. When you talk to an American, it is important to look people in the eye. Learn how to talk to Americans and understand American communication. Read more

Useful US laws to know

When you come to live in the United States, you cannot know all the laws and regulations. There are many thousands of laws! Every state has its own laws, too. Here are some US laws that are useful to know. Read more

Personal behavior

Personal behavior in the USA might be very different than in your country. Read to learn about things like staying clean, smoking, and dating. Read more

Voting in elections – where and how to vote

The USA is a democracy where citizens get to decide who their leaders are. There are different types of elections you may be able to vote in. Read to learn who can vote and where and how to vote. Read more

From the Community

welcoming refugeesMy first month in AmericaMy very first month in America was very hard. I was lost, confused, and scared. Anna, a refugee from Burma, writes about her first month in America.
Making American Friends: My experience integrating in the American societyMaking American Friends: My experience integrating in the American societyMaking American friends. This story is a real one and shows what is like meeting people from different cultures.
My First Month in America: I Could Not Pronounce My NameThe struggles refugees and immigrants face everydayWilson Kubwayo, a refugee, shares some of the greatest challenges he sees for newcomers. Learn the struggles refugees and immigrants face everyday.