1) People. Every kind of person, all different.
2) MY American way of life is wonderful! And it's my belief that
it can be
for any Americans
if he is willing to think and work and act with integrity
to take responsibility for his actions; to be compassionate and
others; to believe in one's own self and worth; to NEVER give up;
and to always
maintain a sense of humor!
3) There is no "best" for me. I just love being an American even
of our lives, which I think should be viewed as
for improvement. As Colin Powell says: "Perpetual optimism is
a force enhancer." We can do anything we set our minds to as long as we
4) Nothing that I would describe as "American." The human aspects
can be difficult
at times no matter what one's nationality, and I am
to dealing with them, day to day.
5) The freedom. Having lived for a number of years in an Arab
the experience of seeing the inside (more or less) of a culture
seems so restricting, it appears to lock up people's minds and
the key! The basic philosophies of the Arab culture seem the
of ours. American culture encourages--almost
worships--individuality. Freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom of
to achieve as we are able. Or not.
6) A kind of unconscious arrogance, a tendancy to expect the rest of the
world to understand
our culture and respect it. That, of course, is pretty
in the world. We all react from our own familiar experience.
7) I don't like English. I LOVE it with a passion!
8) Nothing. Robert MacNeil says "English is a language without
That is what
I love. It is a language that continually changes and grows
with the need
of it's users to express clearly, precisely, explicitly
the sun: scientific, technological, emotional,
9) The abundance of our vocabulary, our many words having similar but
specific meanings, our sound-alike words, our infatuation
which also lends vigor and color to English.
10) Yes, very. I have always been something of an Anglophil and
in Britain. The differences between British and American English
are part of
my fascination with the language. But differences exist within
also, and can change with demographic groups of all kinds:
cultural (cultures within cultures), financial,
you name it! The intonations (louder, faster) vary in
the same way,
within each country and between them. English is constantly
to its users' needs. A lovely language!
11) Buff (big
and strong), fender-bender, freaky, gig, groovy, artsy-fartsy
sawbuck (ten dollar bill), crumb-bum (worthless person),
(police car). That's enough. You
didn't ask for a dictionary!
Or even a
12) I am not sure if you mean a stereotypical person or word. But
of our love of individuality, I would have to say that there
one specific example of either one. And because of our "melting
we have "types" of every nationality represented. Run your
a page in a telephone book and you will find dozens of
Cecil. This was fun. I am in my
eightieth year of life and have
English language the whole time, so you touched a responsive place
in my heart! Do let me know how you do. Maybe we will
meet someday. I'd
and affectionately, Patti Livingston
P S I have a nineteen-year-old granddaughter who is in the US Army and is
her education for a future career in criminal
as well as practical experience. I do love being in touch with the