United States of America
Sign Language for USA
I am from USA. Other than California where I was born and raised, I’ve been to Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Florida, Hawaii and Washington D.C.
- There are DIVERSE of people here, including their races (Latinx, White, Asian etc.) & religion (Catholicism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc.)
- There are 50 states – you can take a road trip across some states or take flights (budget US airlines: Frontier, Spirit, JetBlue, Allegiant, etc.)
- Popular states: California, New York, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Florida, and Washington D.C.
- Not all states experience the 4 seasons. Like Los Angeles, CA (no snow there!)
- Safety: Take precautions due to crimes, including hate crimes and domestic terrorism
- During introduction, Americans tend to ask about occupation than their marriage status (unlike some countries in Asia and Latin America)
- Individualism characterizes most families here, but it depends upon families’ background (such as Latinx families)
- Handshake is a common greeting.
- Americans like to have personal space
- Punctuality is generally very important
- Tipping at restaurants, salons, etc. usually starts from 10%+
- USA does not recognize American Sign Language (ASL) as an official language
- Not many Deaf here know International Sign*
- We have laws where we have the right to request interpreters for different institutions
- The largest Deaf communities you’ll find are in Washington DC and Austin, Texas.
- The only Deaf university in the world is located in Washington D.C., named, Gallaudet.
- There are several Deaf associations across different states!
- Several Deaf businesses are established, such as ASL NYC, Mozzeria & more.
Foodies & Activties
- Consider getting cities tourism cards
- Download Yelp app to find local restaurants and stores
- Use Groupon or Livingsocial to find great deals for activities, food, etc
- Hostels are not common in the US. You can try hotels, motels, AirBnB, or Couchsurfing.
- Best cities for public transportation: Washington DC, NYC, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago & Seattle. Definitely not Los Angeles yet but they’re slowly improving.
- Download Transit app or use Google map to find direction & time for local buses & metro
- Rent a car is more likely needed to explore the states. Otherwise, use flights, Amtrak (train) or buses like: Megabus, BoltBus or Greyhound
- Download Lyft or Uber app for your own personal transportation
Perhaps you haven’t heard Descanso Gardens. It’s one of the hidden gem here in Los Angeles. Sometimes we, who live in Los Angeles area, tend