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Understanding USA: Home
This guide provides useful information and links to resources on USA.
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This video gives a brief introduction and the top things to do while you are in U.S.A.
Flag of U.S.A
Find out more about the history of the United States of America flag.
Understand more about the cultural etiquette in United States of America.
Cultural Dos and Don’ts
U.S.A has its own customs, traditions, and rules for manners. Observe the following etiquette for a great experience:
DO Tip for Good Service
DO Be on Time
DO Obey Traffic Signs and Laws
DO Be Kind, Smile, and Enjoy Yourself
DON'T Use American Slang
DON'T Use The Metric System, use Fahrenheit, miles, and pounds instead
Basic Conversational Language
Some phrases in English that are handy to know when visiting U.S.A.
How are you doing?
Please to meet you
How much is this?
Lessons are broken down into bite-sized chunks and it feels like you’re playing a game. Duolingo is a great introduction, but it can feel like you’re learning a random mix of information, often through repetition. The more you do, the more robust your vocabulary will be.
The only way to become fluent in a new language is to speak it. Tandem is geared toward conversations with native speakers. The idea is that you can help one another learn new languages via text, audio, and video chat. The app vets you and then helps you to find a partner who shares your interests. They teach you and you teach them.
This section informs the common scams and crimes to look out for when visiting U.S.A.
Common Tourist Scams Learn how to protect yourself from these common scams and crimes when visiting U.S.A..
Crime & Security
Alerts and Travel Advisories
Find out more information on the common crime threats, areas of concerns, transportation-road safety, and even terrorism threat.
This section lists some recommended readings about U.S.A.
Culture Shock! USA by Esther WanningWhether you are conducting business, traveling for pleasure, or even relocating abroad, one mistake with customs or etiquette can leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth. International travelers, now more than ever, are not just individuals from the United States, but ambassadors and impression makers for the country as a whole.Newly updated, redesigned, and resized for maximum shelf appeal for travelers of all ages, Culture Shock! country and city guides make up the most complete reference series for customs and etiquette you can find. These are not just travel guides; these are guides for a way of life.
Call Number: Li Ka Shing Library, Books Level 4 E169.Z83 W36 2005
Factiva have many content types includes newspapers, magazines, trade journals, blogs, podcasts, websites, and newswires like Dow Jones and Reuters. Search in English, or another language of your choice. Find listed Singapore and international companies information under Companies/Markets.
Use this database to gain access to analyst reports and forecasts for both economic and political aspects. The reports examine and explain issues shaping the countries, including the political scene, economic policy, domestic economy, sectoral trends, and foreign trade and payments.
Use Business Monitor International (BMI) Research to locate SWOT analysis, risk/reward ratings, macroeconomic forecasts and brief company profiles for countries in Asia and the Middle East. Use the data and forecast feature to compare geographies and indicators to perform analysis and generate charts.
The Doing Business project provides objective measures of
business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.
This section provides useful links to the U.S.A social media.
Visit The USA
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