Features of everyday American life

Many features of everyday American life are familiar to people around the world, thanks to the influence of popular culture, sport, and restaurant chains.

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Movies, music and TV

America is the home of Hollywood, where most of the biggest and most popular films of all times are made, and which created international cultural icons like Mickey Mouse. It is also home to some of the most popular musicians, singers and bands of all times, in a huge range of styles – jazz, blues, rock and roll, country and western, rap...

Television plays a very important role in American society, and there are a vast amount of channels showing programs that are exported worldwide, such as The Simpsons.

Sport in America

Americans love watching baseball, basketball, and American football, where matches are usually accompanied by cheerleaders and a marching band at halftime. Ice hockey is also popular. Soccer does not have such as large following in the US as it does in other countries, although it is starting to attract more interest.

Homecoming is a yearly community tradition in the US, where the people, schools and colleges get together in autumn to welcome back former residents and alumni. There is a banquet, a parade, and usually a game of American football, basketball, or ice hockey. A Homecoming Queen and King are usually crowned.

Food and drink

Being such a diverse country culturally and geographically, America offers many styles of food. Soul food, Creole, Cajun and Tex-Mex are well-known regional styles. Many typical dishes have an Italian or Mexican influence, with pasta and burritos commonly seen on restaurant menus. Iconic American dishes are apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, fries and hot dogs, which we know as “fast food”.


American restaurants are famous for providing huge portions! A typical American breakfast consists of a mound of pancakes, maple syrup, sausages, bacon, and fried eggs.

Americans tend to prefer coffee to tea, and also drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks like Coca Cola and SevenUp (known as “soda”). Popular alcoholic drinks are US-produced beer (Budweiser and Miller) and Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey (of which Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s are well-known names).

Excellent wines are made in California, which has a mainly Mediterranean climate. Rum, tequila and cocktails like the Martini are also popular. Many US counties and towns are “dry”, and many Americans support prohibition.

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