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What is Culture?


What is a culture? How are cultures different? How are they the same? How should we define culture? These are a few questions that this site explores. By the time you have finished, you will have a better understanding of the uniqueness of your own culture, and hopefully, a greater appreciation of the similarities and differences that exist among various cultures of the world.


Your Turn:
After you finish the reading activity, test yourself by taking the quiz. Just click on TAKE THE QUIZ at the bottom of the page.





U.S. Tipping Guide


If you're planning to visit the U.S. soon, one of the things that you should know about is when and and where to tip someone. This site is a very useful guide to how much you should tip in 30 different situations. Remember, however, that tipping is not really required, but is given to someone who has given good and helpful service to you.


Your Turn:
Compare tipping in the U.S to your country. (Some countries, like Japan, don't have a strong tipping custom.) Make a list of people that you might tip in your home country. Then write down how much you would usually tip them. Is it different or about the same as the U.S.?

Yesterdayland Toys


Can you remember the toys and games that you played with when you were a child? Remembering them can often bring back happy memories of your childhood! At this site, you'll find lots of toys that were very popular during the 20th century in America. Just click on a decade (or use the search box to find a specific toy), and then choose a toy. You'll find a short history and a picture of the toy. You can also read about people's memories of the toy.


Your Turn:
Read about some of the toys on this site. Did you find any toys from your childhood? Did you find any toys that were similar to toys that you used to play with? Write a short report about one or two of your favorite childhood toys. What were they called? How did you use them? Why did you enjoy playing with them? Then compare them to your classmates' favorite toys


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