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In the United States, most people consider it polite, and a demonstration of sincerity, to look each other directly in the eye, at least in intervals, when having a conversation. It is considered very rude and in some cases may be interpreted as threatening to look continuously at someone or stare at someone unless you are engaged in conversation with that person. It is as rude to stare or comment about someone's body in America as it is anywhere else.
At special occasions (such as weddings, anniversaries, or some birthdays) it is a common practice to raise one's glass and toast the guest(s) of honor as it is in much of Europe. However, there are two key differences: 1) Usually, if somebody toasts another it is done ONCE. Constant toasts by a single person shall be seen as a bit tedious and odd, especially when the custom is a small speech accompanying the toast. 2) The toaster usually addresses the entire room as well as the person he is singing the praises of: it is a rare exception in which Americans don't necessarily make eye contact as (s)he must address everybody at once!
Generally, when people who are not well acquainted with each other meet or part company, it is considered polite to shake hands. This goes for both men and women, although elderly woman may not be accustomed to doing this. Refusing to shake an offered hand is likely to be interpreted as rude or odd. When shaking hands, a firm but not tight grip is preferred. Simply placing your hand in the hand of the other person is considered to be an ill mannered, overly feminine or insincere handshake.
Sounds & cleaning: When dining, people consider it rude for a guest or dining partner to belch or burp, eat with an open mouth, smack, or lick your fingers. (See below for noises during eating, like slurping.) Napkins, generally provided are available at every meal and should be placed in ones lap and then used throughout the meal to clean ones fingers and mouth.
Eating what's on your plate in a home or group setting: It is acceptable to refuse additional servings of food by saying "No, thank you" and the host or hostess will not be insulted if you do so. Similarly, if you leave a small amount of uneaten food on your plate at a restaurant or in a home, it is not considered an insult. If you eat everything, in a home, the host may ask if you want more. People in the United States serve and eat food with either hand, but never take food from a communal serving dish with their hands; a serving utensil is used. Generally, do not take the last piece without saying something to the group, like "I'm taking this last piece. Has everyone had some? Does anyone want to share it?"
How to eat the food: Americans typically use forks, spoons and knives to eat, but there are some types of foods that are acceptable to eat with one's fingers, like sandwiches or pizza. When in doubt, look to see what others are doing. In formal dining situations. Americans do not often eat the European style, but instead put the fork in their left hand, turn the prongs upside down and hold down the food with it; then cut it with a knife in their right hand; then they put the knife down at the top of the plate, and switch the fork over to the right hand and pick up the piece of food with that fork, and put it in their mouth. You should only cut one piece of food at a time. If a basket of bread is brought to you, it is shared equally with everyone at the table. You put your piece on a small bread plate (or if none, put it on your plate). There is usually a small butter knife; take a pat of butter and put it on your bread plate. Do not scoop it with your dirty entree knife (clean it on your napkin if necessary), and never lick it. The bread is included in the meal price, unless you asked for it special. When eating, do not pick up the bowl or plate from the table to hold it underneath your mouth. Even noodles, soup, and rice are eaten with the plate or bowl remaining on the table. When consuming soup and hot liquids, it is considered impolite to slurp-do not do thisl When consuming noodles, twirl them around your fork and then put it in your mouth.
When to begin eating: If you wonder whether or not it is acceptable to begin eating, you should wait until the oldest woman (or oldest man if no women are present) begins to eat. The polite thing to do is wait until everyone has been served and then eat. If it is taking a long time to serve a very large group, the head of the table will often say that it is ok to start eating now and not wait. Or, you can turn to them and ask if it is ok for everyone to begin eating as the meal is getting cold. The next course (or dessert) is not served until everyone has finished eating the current course.
Have children with you? Many American parents teach their children "restaurant manners," which means talking quietly, sitting at table, being polite to servers. No one thinks it's cute to have kids running around and being rude or loud. If your kids don't behave, take them to a fast food joint, not a restaurant where people pay for an elevated experience.
Tipping & leaving: If you are eating in a restaurant, you will be expected to add a 15 to 20 % tip for the server to your bill. In America, wait staff might occasionally stop by your table to ask how your meal is, which is considered good service. You should always ask your own waiter for help, and not just any staff person. They will also bring you your check when it seems reasonable that you are finished with your meal, however this is not necessarily an indication that you must leave right away It is ok to ask for the check, if you need to leave. Take your time to finish your meal, and unless there is a line of people waiting at the door, it is not considered rude to linger at your table.
If you are in a pub or bar, it's customary to leave a small tip on the bar for each drink ordered (usually around $1 each). If you plan to have several drinks you can leave your credit card with the bartender for future rounds (commonly called "opening a tab"), and then pay for all your drinks when you are ready to leave. Just make sure you let the bartender know which people or drinks you intend to pay for on your card, or you might end up buying drinks for more people in your party than you intended.
Also, if someone that you just met offers to buy you a drink (especially for women), it can be interpreted as a "pick up" -- in other words, an indication that they find you attractive. You may always turn down a drink that is offered to you by saying "no, thank you" or indicate that you're already attached to someone, and it is advised to do so if you are not interested in unwanted attention from the person who is offering it. If you accept the drink, you are not obligated to the person who offered it in any way, but they might reasonably expect some pleasant conversation from you while you are drinking it. It is also considered courteous to offer to pay for the next drink if someone else pays for yours, and this is a nice way of leaving the encounter neutral, neither indicating that you are attracted or not attracted to the person offering it, but that you are on friendly terms. If a person in a bar is rude to you in any way in this type of situation, you may simply excuse yourself and are not obligated to continue conversing with them.
When entering or leaving a building, people in the United States consider it good manners to hold open the door for people who are exiting or entering behind them. People also wait for an elevator to empty before they enter. People always face the front; and will feel uncomfortable if you face them. It is considered to be very rude for people to push past one another to enter a building, train car, or subway car, and especially rude to make physical contact with a stranger while doing so. On elevators or moving sidewalks, it is polite to stand to the right and walk (pass) to the left. While standing in a line, don't stand too close to the person in front of you. People can be sensitive about their personal "space." Walking in front of a person, particularly when space prevents leaving at least 2-3 feet, is considered rude.
Have somewhat less than arm's length (about 24 inches) separating you from someone you're talking to. Closer, as is common in some countries, suggests an intimacy that can make Americans uncomfortable. A greater distance suggests coldness and invites speaking in a voice louder than conversational level.
If you carry on a conversation in a public place, keep your voice down. Refrain from talking at all at movies, theaters, concerts -- chatter will bother others in the audience.
When making or receiving a call in a public place, with the exception of some public transportation, it is polite to move away from people who can hear the conversation. It is seen as very inconsiderate to carry on telephone conversations in a loud voice in public, in particular restaurants, offices, museums, and shops. In places like theatres, concerts, or cinemas it is customary to turn off one's cell phone altogether: patrons who do not abide by this rule may be asked to leave, and management will not refund your ticket.. It is upsetting to movie or play or concert patrons to have a phone ring, and especially for a person to answer it. It is also rude to turn on your phone to check for messages, or the time, etc. and have the light shine brightly in the dark room.
In the United States, forming a single line is most common for counter service where food, tickets, or services must be bought and multiple people must be served at once. It is customary to form a line in front of the register and wait one's turn to be served: pushing past others and jostling in a "free for all" is not acceptable, nor is cutting in front of someone who is waiting. If it is a long wait, you may ask a person in line to "save" your spot while you use the restroom briefly.
Jostling is generally considered bad manners. Except when it can't be avoided, as in crowded trains and elevators, Americans rarely touch strangers.
Only about 20% of the American public are smokers according to the latest 2012 data. Smoking bans and restrictions vary state by state and area by area but there are some general rules. Twenty seven states ban smoking in all enclosed places. That includes airports, hotels, stores, concert halls, etc. with some exceptions. For example, cigar bars obviously allow smoking. The states that do not ban smoking do allow local entities to restrict smoking. Always look for and follow the signage. Americans have little tolerance for smokers who violate the smoking bans due to concerns about second hand smoke dangers. Smokers are also often restricted from being within 15 feet (4.5 meters) of an entrance to a building. So smokers often are found standing some distance from an entrance smoking. American smokers almost never walk while smoking. Walking with a lit cigarette is considered rude. People in the USA are not expecting someone to be carrying hot embers at a child's face level and if you are walking with a cigarette you may find you have burned someone. Always ask if it is ok to smoke in a crowded area before lighting up.