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Introduction to American Society. In the next weeks we will BRIEFLY explore some of these topics:. Multiculturalism: Race Religion Holidays Language Economy, crime, discrimination. Schools, Family, Women Diet, Transportation. US Population by Race. Religion.

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in the next weeks we will briefly explore some of these topics
In the next weeks we will BRIEFLY explore some of these topics:
  • Multiculturalism:
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Holidays
    • Language
  • Economy, crime, discrimination
  • Schools, Family, Women
  • Diet, Transportation
religion
Religion

Most people in the United States are Christian.

“WASP”= White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant

many kinds of christians
Many Kinds of Christians
  • Catholic 26.2%
  • Baptist 19.4%
  • Methodist 8.0%
  • Lutheran 5.2%
  • Presbyterian 2.8%
  • (Jewish 1.8%)
  • Pentecostal 1.8%
  • Episcopalian 1.7%
  • Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 1.4%
  • Churches of Christ 1.0%
  • Jehovah\'s Witnesses 0.8%
public holidays christian
Public Holidays(Christian)
  • Christmas – birth of Christ (Dec. 25)
    • Christmas Trees,Christmas Lights, Christmas Stocking, Santa Claus
    • Nativity Scenes, Plays
  • Easter – death and resurrection of Christ (Sunday April 24 in 2011)
    • Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Baskets
    • Easter Service, Good Friday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=214HItoTuNA&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hHnPctlGoU&NR=1

public holidays civic
Public Holidays (civic)

Other holidays are not connected with religion. They may be patriotic or civic. For example,

Thanksgiving

Independence day

Memorial day

Martin Luther King day

other ethnic and religious holidays
Other Ethnic and Religious Holidays
    • Hanukkah (Jewish)
    • Kwanzaa (Black American)
    • Three Kings Day (Latin)
    • Ramadan (Islamic)
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sjC13dFRS8&NR=1
  • Finally, some holidays are just for fun; for example:
    • Halloween
    • Valentine’s Day
    • =chocolate!
language s
Language(s)

There is NO national language in the US!

But…

176languages are SPOKEN.

56 languages are DEAD.

Most were native American languages.

Hawaii: English and Hawaiian

New Mexico: Spanish

british vs us english
British vs. US English
  • "The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, of course, language."Oscar Wilde
  • "We (the British and Americans) are two countries separated by a common language."G.B. Shaw
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsBRsAlbzoI
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKuAKteVvcA&feature=related
pronunciation differences
Pronunciation differences
  • barn US /barn/ GB /ba:n/
  • tune US /tun/ GB /tyun/
  • laugh US /laef/GB (closer to ア) 
  • hot US (closer to ア) GB (closer to オ)
  • often US /afen/ GB /often/
  • privacy US pry-vacy GB priv-acy
  • schedule US skedule GB shedule
spelling and writing differences
Spelling and writing differences
  • July 8, 1960 08 July 1960
  • color colour
  • center, theater centre, theatre
  • check cheque
  • defense, license defence, licence
  • all right alright
  • tire tyre
  • jail gaol
grammar differences
Grammar differences
  • (U.S.) Have you gotten your grade in history yet? (G.B.) Have you got your grade in history yet?
  • (U.S.) He was in a course.

(G.B.) He went on a course.

  • (U.S.) He\'s in the hospital with a broken leg.

(G.B.) He\'s in hospital with a broken leg.

4. (U.S.) JAL has a flight to London today.

(G.B.) JAL have a flight to London today.

american english dialects
American English Dialects
  • Regional: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGxlxOcS-tE
  • NYC accents
  • Racial:
    • AAVE or Black English
    • Spanglish
  • Social:
    • Valspeak, etc. 21 accents
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