When it comes to food, it is almost guaranteed that if there isn’t a restaurant that has food from every corner of the earth, the grocery stores will have the ingredients. In America, especially in urban areas like Chicago and New York City, there is a high demand for exotic flavors which means there are many options for eating out. Food is served in large portions, so it is common to take leftovers home in a to go box and refills for non-alcoholic drinks are free at most establishments. The legal drinking age is 21 and it is strictly enforced especially in college towns, though a lot of bars will welcome patrons under 21 inside the bar before a certain time as long as they do not order alcohol.
About half the country identifies as Christian, while the other half is comprised of Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, or Hindu. It seems every type of religion is practiced in America and new belief systems are being born. In Portland, Oregon, there is even a 24 hour Church of Elvis!
English is the main language with Spanish and Chinese following, but most every language and culture is represented somewhere. However, there are different dialects, accents, idioms, and slang that vary between the states. The most well known accents are in the south, Boston, Minnesota and the Dakotas, and New York City. All courses, unless foreign language courses, are taught in English. Most programs will require an English proficiency test for acceptance in the program.
In America, one item can be called many different things depending on who you talk to. A couch can be a sofa or a futon. In the south, especially Texas, when ordering non-alcoholic drinks at a restaurant, any type of soda is automatically a Coke. Then, the waiter or waitress will ask what kind of Coke (Fanta, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc). In other parts of the country, it is called a soda or a pop.
Currency is made of the U.S. dollar and cents. One dollar is comprised of 100 cents. There are four coins: penny (1 cent), nickel (5 cents), dime (10 cents), and quarter (25 cents). Bills are in one, five, ten, 20, 50, and 100 dollar increments. Food and clothing are relatively inexpensive compared to Europe, even organic food.