How to be polite and have good manners in the USA

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How do you know what is polite in a new country? Different cultures behave in different ways. Haya 10 tips will show you good manners in the USA.

How do you know what is polite in a new country? Different cultures behave in different ways. These 10 tips will show you good manners in the USA.

Two men smiling at each other in office

Two men smiling at each other in office

Here are some ways to show good manners in the United States. These tips will help you to show respect and be polite to Americans.

Here are some ways to show good manners in the United States. These tips will help you to show respect and be polite to Americans.

1. Kusema “Tafadhali”

1. Say “please”

Wamarekani wengi kusema “Tafadhali” wakati wanataka kitu. Kwa mfano, kama ni kuagiza chakula katika mgahawa, Unaweza kusema “Itakuwa na supu ya, Tafadhali”. Kama kuomba kitu na Usiseme “Tafadhali”, Wamarekani wanadhani wewe ni wajeuri.

Most Americans say “please” when they want something. For example, if you are ordering food at a restaurant, you might say “I will have the soup, please”. If you ask for something and don’t say “Please”, Americans will think you are rude.

2. Kusema “Asante”

2. Say “thank you”

Wamarekani wanasema “Asante” Nyingi. Katika tamaduni zingine, watu kusema tu “Asante” kwa ajili ya matukio muhimu. Katika Marekani, ni kawaida kusema “shukrani” hata kwa ishara ndogo. Kwa mfano, kama wewe mkono mtu Kitabu, wanaweza Asante. Jaribu kukumbuka kusema “Asante,” hasa kwa mtu yeyote ambaye ni kusaidia au kujaribu kukusaidia.

Americans say “Thank you” a lot. In some cultures, people only say “thank you” for significant events. In the United States, it is common to say “thanks” even for small gestures. For example, if you hand someone a book, they might thank you. Try to remember to say “Thank you,” especially to anyone who is helping or try to help you.

3. Kusema “Samahani”

3. Say “sorry”

Wamarekani pia kusema “Samahani” zaidi ya watu katika tamaduni zingine. Kwa mfano, kama mtu bahati mbaya bumps ndani yenu mitaani, huenda radhi na “Samahani” au “Samahani.” Wamarekani, wanawake hasa Marekani, wakati mwingine kutumia neno “Samahani” kuelezea huzuni kwa ajili ya kitu ambacho kilichotokea kwako, hata ingawa hawakuwa kushiriki katika tukio hilo. Kwa mfano, Unaweza kumweleza mtu kwamba ungekuwa mgonjwa mwishoni mwa wiki au kuwa rafiki alikufa. To be kind and polite, they might respond, “Pole sana.”

Americans also say “sorry” more than people in other cultures. For example, if someone accidentally bumps into you on the street, they may apologize with “excuse me” or “sorry.” Americans, especially American women, sometimes use the word “sorry” to express sadness for something that happened to you, even though they were not involved in the event. For example, you may tell someone that you were sick over the weekend or that a friend died. To be kind and polite, they might respond, “I’m so sorry.”

4. Funika mdomo wako wakati wako burp au kikohozi

4. Cover your mouth when your burp or cough

Wamarekani wengi huichukulia impolite kufanya kila mwili mbele ya watu wengine. Wanajaribu kupitisha gesi, burp, au kufanya kila wengine mwili hadharani au mbele ya watu hawajui vizuri. Baadhi ya watu itakuwa udhuru wenyewe bafuni kama wanahitaji burp. Kama fart au burp, it is polite to say, “Samahani.”

Many Americans consider it impolite to make bodily noises in front of other people. They try not to pass gas, burp, or make other bodily noises in public or in front of people they do not know well. Some people will excuse themselves to the bathroom if they need to burp. If you do fart or burp, it is polite to say, “Excuse me.”

5. Kusema “Hujambo” wakati wewe kukutana na watu wapya

5. Say “hello” when you meet new people

Wakati unaweza kukutana na mtu kwa mara ya kwanza, Wamarekani kawaida kusema, “Hello” au, “Jambo, Ninafurahi kukutana nawe.” Kama una mtu mwingine na wewe, it is polite to introduce that person as well. Wakati mwingine unaweza kukutana na mtu, Unaweza kusema, “Nzuri kukuona tena,” au, “Nakumbuka mkutano mwezi uliopita. Habari yako?”

When you meet someone for the first time, Americans typically say, “Hello” or, “Hi, nice to meet you.” If you have someone else with you, it is polite to introduce that person as well. The next time you meet the person, you can say, “Nice to see you again,” or, “I remember meeting you last month. How are you?”

6. Wala kushikana mikono kama wewe huna kujisikia vizuri

6. Don’t shake hands if you don’t feel comfortable

Wamarekani wengi zitatikisika mkono wako wakati wao kukutana na wewe. Kama unahisi wasiwasi, Unaweza daima kuweka mikono yako pamoja na konda kichwa chako mbele. Hii ni njia ya heshima kuonyesha hutaki kusalimiana. Wamarekani baadhi ya kuwa na kushangaa sana kwamba hutaki kusalimiana lakini hii ni sawa. Kama wewe ni kutoka utamaduni ambapo wanaume na wanawake nje ya familia wala kugusa kila mmoja, Elezea kwamba tvingar mtu wewe ni mkutano. Huhitaji kufanya mambo ambayo kufanya kujisikia na wasiwasi.

Most Americans will shake your hand when they meet you. If you feel uncomfortable, you can always put your hands together and lean your head forward. This is a polite way to show you don’t want to shake hands. Some Americans will be very surprised that you do not want to shake hands but this is okay. If you are from a culture where men and women outside of family do not touch each other, explain that politely to the person you are meeting. You do not need to do things that make you feel uncomfortable.

7. Kusimama mguu angalau mbali wakati ni kuzungumza kwa mtu mpya

7. Stand at least a foot away when you are talking to someone new

Wamarekani huwa kutaka nafasi ya kibinafsi zaidi karibu nao kuliko watu kutoka tamaduni zingine. Katika Marekani, watu wengi watasimama kuhusu mguu mmoja mbali na mtu mwingine. Hata watu katika kikundi cha kusimama na nafasi kati yao. Kama unaweza kusimama sana karibu na mtu wakati ni kusema, wanaweza kufikiria ni kuwa fujo au kujifahamisha overly. Inaweza kuchukua hatua nyuma na kuonyesha mshangao mpole au kutokubali. Wamarekani wengine ni kimwili sana na inaweza kushikilia mkono yako wakati ni kuzungumza na wewe au -kumbatia wewe wakati wao kwanza kukuona. Kama hiyo inafanya wewe wasiwasi, ni sawa na kurudi nyuma.

Americans tend to want more personal space around them than people from other cultures. In the US, most people will stand about one foot apart from one another. Even people in a group stand with space between them. If you stand very close to someone when you are speaking, they may think you are being aggressive or overly familiar. They may take a step back and show mild surprise or disapproval. Other Americans are very physical and may hold your arm while they are talking to you or hug you when they first see you. If that makes you uncomfortable, it is okay to step back.

8. Angalia watu katika jicho wakati ni kuzungumza kwao

8. Look people in the eye when you are talking to them

Tunakuhimiza kudumisha sehemu muhimu ya utamaduni wako. Hata hivyo, looking people in they eyes when you talk is one thing you can do to adapt to life in America. Wamarekani huwa na kuangalia watu machoni wakati ni kuzungumza. Wao si kutazama wewe machoni kwa ajili ya mazungumzo yote – sehemu tu ya. Kama mtu anaongea na wewe na sio kuangalia kwao machoni, wanaweza kufikiria ni kujaribu kuficha kitu au kuwa kisiri.

We encourage you to maintain important parts of your culture. However, looking people in they eyes when you talk is one thing you can do to adapt to life in America. Americans tend to look people in the eyes when they are talking. They may not look at you in the eyes for the entire conversation – just part of it. If someone talks to you and you will not look at them in the eyes, they may think you are trying to hide something or being secretive.

9. Kusimama katika mstari

9. Stand in line

Wamarekani wengi zinafundishwa katika umri mdogo kusubiri zamu yao katika mstari. Hivyo, kama wewe ni katika duka au kujaribu kununua tiketi ya sinema, pengine utaona mstari. Kwa ujumla, watu mstari juu moja kwa moja. Wakati mwingine unaweza kuona mtu “kushikilia doa” kwa mtu mwingine, Lakini wengi wao wakiwa Wamarekani kutarajia kusubiri zamu yao. Ingawa unaweza kuona mtu kukatwa katika mstari wa (Nenda mbele yenu), watu wengi kusubiri zamu yao. Hii pia ni kweli ukiwa kwenye ndege. Watu kwa ujumla kusubiri kuondoka ndege ya mpaka ni zamu yao Safumlalo.

Most Americans are taught from a young age to wait their turn in a line. So, if you are at the store or trying to buy a movie ticket, you will probably see a line. Generally, people line up one by one. Sometimes you may see someone “hold a spot” for someone else, but mostly Americans expect to wait their turn. Although you may see someone cut into the line (go in front of you), the majority of people will wait their turn. This is also true if you are on an airplane. People generally wait to leave the airplane until it is their row’s turn.

10. Kushikilia mlango wazi kwa ajili ya watu wengine

10. Hold the door open for other people

Wamarekani wengi watafanya mlango wazi kwa ajili yako wakati wewe ni kuingia/kutoka jengo. Kama wewe ni mwanaume au mwanamke, ni heshima kwa kushikilia mlango kwa mtu nyuma yenu.

Most Americans will hold a door open for you when you are entering/exiting a building. Whether you are a man or a woman, it is polite to hold the door for the person behind you.

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