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Fall I 2001 Sept 10th Alex Pilipenko Journal Assignment 1 Althen This week our group of ESL students was working on the excerpt from the Gary Althens book American Ways A Guide for Foreigners in the United States There were just several paragraphs but they show us prominent values beliefs and cultural patterns of Americans We learned that the most important thing to understand about Americans is probably their devotion to individualism They are tough since childhood to consider themselves as separate individuals At the same time they have been trained since kindergarten to find person or a group for games later in college for studies Now I want you to work in group and to - thats typical phrase at class Nevertheless in the chart Whats important to Americans statement Freedom of choice to do what one want stands on the fifth position Funny a Another interesting thing According to Althen Many Americans do not display the degree of respect for their parents Although the statement Having a good family life is standing at the first place of the chart that I mentioned above To my mind we must look a little bit forward and not to forget that all the Americans try to spend National Holydays such as X-mass Thanksgiving Day The 4th of July and probably some other with there family I mean not only with their children wife or husband I mean Family - brothers sisters grandsons nephews so on and so on I guess Althen is wrong here Americans are also distinctive in the degree to which they believe in the ideal as stated in their Declaration of Independence - All men are created equal But as far as I know KKK is still exists community of Afro-Americans and people from
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