AEE 200: How to Talk About Money in American Culture

Money in American culture, American EnglishHow should you talk about money in American culture?

Today, we discuss what you should and shouldn’t ask Americans about money!

 

Americans tend to think it rude to discuss personal finances and financial decisions.

This may be due to the basic American value of faith in an egalitarian society.

But whatever the reason, money is a touchy subject, and questions about it alienate or even upset an American.

 

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When talking about money, be careful that you are not asking for personal information with these questions:

  • How much did it cost? Asking how much a person paid for something is generally viewed as bad manners in America.
  • How much do you make? Though some Americans might answer this question for you, again, many will find it bad manners to ask.
  • How much do you have in the bank? This question will likely be considered both rude and intrusive.

 

It is okay to talk about money in other ways. If you are clear that want to buy something, then it is acceptable to ask the cost.  The difference is that it is not a question of personal financial information.

 

How can people talk about money in your culture?

Is it anything like American culture?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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