culture topic #1: table manners
People in the United States come from all over the world so table manners do not look the same in every house. However, here are some general cultural patterns you might see:
1. Eating is considered a social time. People like to have conversations during meals. However, they try not to talk with food in their mouths.
2. People try to eat quietly. They try not to make noises as they eat or drink or have soup.
3. People eat some foods with their hands: sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken legs, and so on.
4. People cut food such as meat and vegetables with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right hand.
5. In a restaurant, when people want to get a server's attention, they try to "catch his or her eye" and raise one hand a little. Or they might say "excuse me" quietly. Whistling (making a high noise through your teeth) lor snapping your fingers is considered rude.
Questions you might think about:
How are table manners different in your native country?
What else have you noticed about table manners in the U.S.?
What are very polite or very impolite table manners in your