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This is a Venn Diagram. We're pretty sure that you want to ask what it is.So a Venn Diagram compares, or shows what is the same, and contrasts, or shows what is different by writing inside the circles. Please answer the questions, below. Then on the Venn Diagram compare what is the same by filling in the middle part of the two circles and what is different by filling in the outside of the circles: Left side for your country and the right side for the U.S.A.

Here are the questions:
1). What is your favorite food?
2). What do you like to do in your free time?
3). How many hours do you spend in school/university?
4). What is your favorite subject in school/university?
5). What class do you find the hardest?
6). What is your favorite sport?
7). What do you like to do in your free time?
8). What kind of music do you like?
9). Do you wear uniforms to school/university?It's a bit hard to write about differences in the country you don't live, that's why we propose you to use the following links:About Russiahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russiahttp://www.waytorussia.net/Practicalities/Traditions.htmlhttps://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/rs.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_culturehttp://www.russia-ic.com/culture_art/traditions/description/About the USAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_the_United_Stateshttp://www.americanfamilytraditions.com/american_culture.htmhttp://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/usa.htmlhttp://www.usastudyguide.com/americanculture.htmhttp://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/History.shtml

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Renee Abramson's recommendations:I will help you with the Venn Diagram with answers from American students in my class doing the same assignment. Your teacher led you to some valuable sites that are worth going to and digging deeper in understanding our culture here in America.

I suspect that life as a student in the USA might be very different from life as a student in Russia.

From this exercise you will learn about generalizations and stereotypes. A generalization is a statement or idea that has a general application: Example- Many Americans are obese (fat). A stereotype is a commonly held public belief about specific social groups or types of individuals. Example- All Americans are obese (fat). It is normal and helpful to make generalizations about a group of people, but beware of stereotypes as often they are not true.

To make things easier in this assignment I have filled out the American portion from questions that my class has answered. Look at the information from how you answer the question and how American students answered the same questions. What is common or the same to both the USA and Russia is put in the middle part that the two circles share. What is different: Russia goes on the left side and the USA goes on the right. Hopefully this link will best show what a Venn Diagram should look like:

http://www.dowlingcentral.com/MrsD/assign/graphicorganizers/TheVennDiagram_files/VENN.gif

Answers from American students:
1). What is your favorite food? Pizza or hamburgers .
2). What do you like to do in your free time? Video games or computer
3). How many hours do you spend in school/university? 6 hours a day including a ½ lunch. So, really 5 ½ hours of study.
4). What is your favorite subject in school/university? Gym or computers
5). What class do you find the hardest? Math
6). What is your favorite sport? Baseball
7). What do you like to do in your free time? Text messaging my friends going to the mall or chatting on line.
8). What kind of music do you like? Hip Hop
9). Do you wear uniforms to school/university? No. Just jeans and a t-shirt


Renee's comments on the topic "Real American life"
Real American life from just regular people- middle of the road is so different than many other peoples. We are so disgustingly polite. If we are wearing something really bad and you asked our opinion we would not dream of telling you the truth as that might offend you. We will get around it and say, "OH I love that color" or pick out something else.
If you ask us to correct your English and we say 'yes' of course we will not because it is impolite.
Internet is full of hate from Americans because we feel that we can not freely express our thoughts due to social norms but not freedom. We are free to say what we want.
The feeling in the USA now is totally encompassed on illegals. People just hate it but would not say anything impolite to them face to face.
I think the family unit is breaking down. Kids feel too free to joke with their parents when I would never have dreamed it. My daughters are a bit too free BUT I am the rare parent that has put down their foot so to speak and want to know where they are and with whom and I do say what I wish to say.
My grandmother was from the Ukraine (we are Jewish) and left in the early 1900s because the Cossack soldiers would come in and bother everyone. It was a different time in history. She brought with her traditions such as growing up with Borscht- yes I love it but not many people in America can even look at it. I think in Russia you eat tongue(?) Again my kids would not touch it if I paid them $100. We do not want to see the animal in the food we eat.
I do LOVE kasha (roasted groats) but am the only one. However, as I said, if you give any American a fish and the head is still attached they will not touch it. I don't blame them :)
I was so impressed with your students answers.
I hope to answer questions that they have. Even if it is how much does this and that earn. Hey, the day after Thanksgiving is "black Friday" the biggest shopping day of the year. You get amazing deals on everything- especially electronics. It is not unheard of to buy a laptop for under $300 and a big screen TV for the same. Last year I got an electric rice maker for $3 and a blender for $4.
I would love to answer any and all questions. First of all I live in the North which makes me more Liberal and Democratic than the Republican Conservatives that live in the South. My answers would differ tremendously with them. There is a huge culture shock between those two parts of the country.
Renee