25 Ways to Single Out an American Anywhere in the World

people clapping, applause

They’re generous with the applause.

Clapping after a live performance when the artist(s) can see or hear is understandable. But it’s how Americans applaud things like an exciting scene in a movie or when a plane lands safely that confuse many others around the world.

Americans were brought up to show respect for a job well done, whatever that job is. They’re taught to say ‘thank you’ from a young age and the rousing applause is just another way for them to show their appreciation.

And in relation to that…

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